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    Valle de Oro hires Youth for summer jobs

    We received more than 50 applications for our Youth Conservation Corps Crew. Crew members will be notified soon. Thanks to all who applied.

    Learn more about the YCC Crew

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    Our New Year's Events

    Beginning this spring, enjoy the Refuge's new Events of - Apps, Community act, a Gala, our 5th Birthday Party, and Birding.

    Valle de Oro's 2017 Events Flyer

  • Junior Duck Stamp Art Tour / USFWS

    New Mexico Junior Duck Stamp

    We had 237 amazing entries in the 2017 NM Junior Duck Stamp Contest. Congratulations to all the artists.

    Award Ceremony Details

  • Within the crop fields on the refuge / Don Usner ©

    Thankful for Partners

    Because of the hard work of many partners, Valle de Oro Refuge was established for the benefit of wildlife, habitat and you!


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Valle de Oro Refuge Map

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For Our Wildlife And You

Shadowrock at Preschool / USFWS

Before visiting Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge, please view our Rules and Regulations page, linked below. These provisions are for the safety of our wildlife and you!

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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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  • Join Us at Valle de Oro Refuge This New Year!

    Music and Migration Poster image from Friends Group

    The Refuge has scheduled its new Events for 2017! Mark your Calendar with this Year’s Line-Up of Events at Your National Wildlife Refuge! The majority of the Events are FREE! They are family friendly! Events are outside, so please plan accordingly. Upcoming Events are: "Golden Gala," Friday, August 18. Our annual Celebration, September 30: "Valle de Oro’s 5th Birthday Party." October 8-14: "National Wildlife Refuge Week" Activities at Valle de Oro (and around New Mexico). And, our annual finale, November 11: "Music and Migration." Also, on the 3rd Saturday of Each Month is: Birding & Breakfast! For more information, visit Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge on Facebook or our Refuge Friends' Group website: Looking forward to seeing you and your family at your urban wildlife refuge!

  • Valle de Oro's Facebook Page

    Black headed grosbeak photograph on the Refuge's Facebook Page

    Go to our Refuge Facebook Page from the link below and let us know what you think with your Comment and/or Like! We appreciate your interest in YOUR Albuquerque area Urban Wildlife Refuge! We look forward to seeing you at the Refuge located at: 7851 2nd Street SW. Just south of downtown Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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  • On-line eBird Trail Tracker

    Migratory birds in flight over the refuge

    Launched in 2002 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, eBird Trail Tracker is a real-time, online checklist program that has revolutionized the way that the birding community reports and accesses information about birds. A birder simply enters when, where, and how they went birding, then fills out a checklist of all the birds seen and heard during the outing. The observations of each participant join those of others in an international network of eBird users. The link below allows you to set-up an account in eBird to submit your observations. The Refuge appreciates you entering your bird sightings on the eBird online checklist program. For more information about eBird go to:

    eBird On-line Program to Submit Observations
Page Photo Credits — Students view Sandia Mountains from Valle de Oro Urban Wildlife Refuge / USFWS, Dragonfly species on Agency uniform shirt / © Bret Beasley, USFWS, In the crop fields on the refuge / © Don Usner, Educational tour on the refuge / USFWS, Kildeer / © Laurel Ladwig, 2015 New Mexico Jr. Duck Stamp winner / © Dylan Zinn, Black headed grosbeak / USFWS, Mule deer buck in the snow / Aaron Mize, USFWS, Cattle egret / Steve Valasek ©, Rio Grande River route / © Don Usner
Last Updated: May 04, 2017


  • Birding and Breakfast Monthly Event

    Cattle egret Steve Valasek 70 x 60February 18, 2017

    Every 3rd Saturday of each month, join us for Birding and Breakfast. For more information, reach us at the link below.

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