Wildlife & Habitat

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Valle De Oro National Wildlife Refuge offers spectacular vistas of the Sandia Mountains, Vulcan volcano tubes and the lush Rio Grande Bosque.

Located on the east bank of the Rio Grande, the refuge is seven miles south of downtown Albuquerque. The 570 acres of refuge land is currently in transition from irrigated fescue and alfalfa farm fields to a diversity of Rio Grande floodplain habitats including shallow seasonal wetlands, bosque, grasslands and upland habitats.  Farming will be phased out as restoration continues.

Bird checklist for Refuge and surrounding Bosque.   


Valle de Oro Bird Survey Information: 

Annual Bird Survey Summary

      Bird Survey Summary July - December 2018  updated 6.25.19     

Winter Waterbird Report  updated 6.26.19