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    Join us for Build Your Refuge Day

    Join us Sat. 9/28 10-2. Participate in hands-on habitat restoration, attend outdoor workshops on gardening for wildlife & free family fun

    Build Your Refuge Day Flyer

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    Friends of Valle de Oro to Hire Intern

    The Friends of Valle de Oro NWR and the Refuge are hiring an intern for a full-time, one-year position. Apply today!

    Click here to learn more!

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    ABQ Backyard Refuge Program

    A partnership of over 30 organizations compiled a free education guide with best practices for creating a refuge in your own yard or patio.

    Check out the website to learn more

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    Bernalillo County PERCHA Project

    Thank you to all who participated in the review process. More information will be available soon.

    Click here to review the document

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    The Valle de Oro Story

    See how our neighborhood community is coming together to build the Southwest's first urban national wildlife refuge from the ground up.

    Watch the Video

Refuge Happenings

Volunteer Opportunities

Refuge Volunteer

In order to further engage our community and visitors on this new and growing refuge, Valle de Oro NWR is looking for volunteers to help staff our newly established Welcome Center. The Welcome Center is an old farm house transformed into an information and interpretive center to help visitors learn about what can be done on the refuge and how it will grow and change over the coming years. Volunteers are often needed on weekdays from 8am-4pm. Full or half day shifts are available. Other volunteer opportunities are periodically available. If you are interested in any of these volunteer opportunities or want more specifics about the program please contact: valledeoro@fws.gov or call 505-248-6667

Refuge Hours and Map

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Refuge lands are open to public access 1 hour before sunrise to 1 hour after sunset daily. The Refuge Welcome Center is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday 8:30a.m. to 4:00p.m. and Thursday and Saturday 8:30a.m. to Noon. Visitors are encouraged to stop by the Welcome Center to learn about Refuge history, upcoming events, and updates on habitat restoration and other projects. There is no entrance fee for the Refuge.

Refuge Brochure and Map

2019 Refuge Events Calendar

2019 events

Announcing an amazing array of events in 2019. Calendar includes both Refuge and Friends of Valle de Oro events. We hope you can join us!

Valle de Oro's 2019 Events Flyer

Environmental Assessment Complete

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Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge is pleased to present our final Restoration, Activities, and Site Plan Environmental Assessment (EA) and Compatibility Determinations (CDs).

Click here to learn more
Birding on the Refuge

On-line Observation Entries

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eBird Google Gadgets is a real-time, online checklist program that has revolutionized the way that the birding community reports and accesses information about birds. A birder enters when, where, and how they went birding, then fills out a checklist of all the birds seen and heard. The observations of each participant join those of all eBird users. For more information: http://ebird.org/content/ebird/about/. Current entries at Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge, can be seen on our Wildlife & Habitat page, in the header section up above, and then open the left menu link titled: Report a Bird Sighting.

eBird On-line Program to Submit Observations

Helping Our Wildlife

For our wildlife and you

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Before visiting Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge, please view our refuge Rules and Regulations. These regulations help ensure our refuge continues to be a safe place for wildlife and people.

Learn more here

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