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    Free Guided Refuge Tours

    Join us every Saturday from January 14, 2017 to February 25, 2017 for a free guided tour!

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    For Wildlife & You

    The refuge uses many different tools to actively manage these lands for the benefit of wildlife, habitat, and you.

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    Wilderness Units

    Bosque del Apache Refuge includes three designated wilderness units: Chupadera Peak, Indian Well & Little San Pasqual Wilderness Units.

    Designated by Congress

Youth Hunting Opportunity

Online Drawing for 2017 Youth Turkey Hunts


Youth turkey hunting online applications will be available on February 02,2017 For more information click the link below or call our hunt coordinator Shane Weigand at (575) 517-6038

More Information and Online Registration


Visitor Center Hours

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Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge's visitor center and nature store hours during September 1st, 2016 through May 31st, 2017 are from 8:00AM to 4:00PM daily. Visit our Nature Store, receive a refuge guide, and see out informational displays! * Closed: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year's Day, and the Fourth of July.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.

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Recent Bird Sightings

  • Online eBird Trail Tracker

    Great horned owl / © Bernadette Madison, USFWS

    As you plan your visit to the Middle Rio Grande Valley and Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, you may be interested in which species of birds have been observed in the area. The citizen science site is a great resource for up-to-date bird sighting lists. As you explore the site, you may uncover a trove of other useful information about birds and bird sightings that will allow you to predict which bird species you may see on the refuge during a given season.

  • Did You Know?

    A fossil of a crane was found in Nebraska that is estimated to be nearly 10 million years old. This makes cranes one of the oldest known species of birds in existence today.

  • Band Number: 599-05468

    Sandhill crane / © Angela Dedrickson, USFWS

    This band was worn for 36 and a half years by a Rocky Mountain sandhill crane (RMSH). It is one of the oldest RMSHs known and the band it wore had limited wear for all that time in the wild. The bird was banded with its brood mate (a two-chick brood) on 29 June 1973, one mile north of Border, Wyoming on the Thomas Fork of the Bear River.

    Frequent Flyer Miles
Page Photo Credits — Cranes in flight over vibrant sky, Refuge water manager, Brian Greeves in a refuge corn field / USFWS, Refuge canyon view / USFWS, Sandhill crane submerged during brilliant sunset hues, Great horned owl / © Bernadette Madison, USFWS, Sandhill crane / © Angela Dedrickson, USFWS, Close-up of crane's face, All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Feb 15, 2017
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