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  • Rio Mora scenic view / USFWS

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  • Swainson's Hawk / Leann Wilkins, USFWS

    Swainson's Hawk

    Swainson's have an unusual diet among raptors - they feed mostly on insects! Tragically, it is in decline because of pesticide use.

  • Bobcat-Felis rufus/Leann Wilkins


    The bobcat is the most abundant wildcat in the United States. They are named for their "bobbed" tails. Their ears resemble the lynx.

  • North American porcupine-Erethizon dorsatum/Bennette Jenkins

    North American porcupine

    The porcupine is a rodent. The North American porcupine is the largest of all porcupines. A single animal may have 30,000 or more quills.

  • American badger-Taxidea taxus/Bennette Jenkins

    American badger

    The badger prefers to stay in wide open areas with deep but dry soil. They burrow and dig in the ground.

Northern New Mexico Refuges Complex

Neighboring Refuge

Rio Mora Ranch view / USFWS

The Mora River flows through the center of this beautiful, scenic 4,224-acre refuge established in 2012. The Rio Mora National Wildlife Refuge and Conservation Area, formerly the Wind River Ranch, is a continuation of the vision of philanthropist Eugene V. Thaw and his wife Clare E. Thaw who bought the Ranch in 1980 with the intent of protecting and restoring the land as a representative piece of southwestern ecological heritage. Inclusion of this important ranch and conservation area into the refuge system, coupled with the newly established Sangre de Cristo Conservation Area in Colorado, creates a wildlife corridor that will ensure protection and restoration of the Mora River watershed and one of the great prairie grassland landscapes of North America. The headquarters for Rio Mora are collocated with Las Vegas and Maxwell National Wildlife Refuges.

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Roosevelt's Legacy

Dragonfly species on Agency uniform emblem / © Bret Beasley, USFWS

In 1903 President Theodore Roosevelt established the Pelican Island Bird Reservation, the first of 50 refuges he would create during his time in office and the roots of what is today known as the National Wildlife Refuge System. President Roosevelt's legacy is reflected at Rio Mora National Wildlife Refuge, where breathtaking landscape has been set aside and managed for the benefit of wildlife.

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.

Learn more about the NWRS