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    Refuge Partnership Award Celebration

    Please join in celebration of recent awards to the Valle de Oro Community Partnership Team 9/14, 10-11am Mountain View Community Center

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    Build Your Refuge Day- Sep 29th 10-2

    Updated! Join us Sep 29th for Build Your Refuge Day. There will be trail building, design charrettes, education, partners, & more. Free!

    Build Your Refuge Day flyer

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    Now Hiring Tribal AmeriCorps VISTA

    We are hiring a full time Tribal AmeriCorps VISTA at Valle de Oro NWR. If you're interested apply by clicking the link below! Deadline:10/31

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    Fishing Access

    New Mexico Game & Fish in partnership with the Refuge is stocking trout in the Riverside Drain on the SW corner of the Refuge.

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    Refuge Map

    This map is a great way to plan your visit to the refuge and keep up with road closures during construction.

    Valle de Oro Refuge Map

Refuge Happenings

Valle de Oro Extends Its Hours!

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We are pleased to announce we are extending our year-round open hours. Based on community comment, Refuge lands will now be open to public access 1 hour before sunrise to 1 hour after sunset daily. The new hours started June 1, 2018. Hours for the Refuge Welcome Center will remain the same. The 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 the history of the Refuge, upcoming events, and updates on habitat restoration and other projects. There is no entrance fee for the Refuge. All activities and events, including parking, are free and family friendly.

Refuge Hours: Learn More

2018 Refuge Events Calendar

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Announcing an amazing array of events in 2018. Calendar includes both Refuge and Friends of Valle de Oro events. We hope you can join us!

Valle de Oro's 2018 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).

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On-line eBird Trail Tracker

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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 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/

eBird On-line Program to Submit Observations
Around the Refuge

Construction On and Around the Refuge

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While several construction projects have been completed, the 2nd Street improvement project continues. We want you to know what is happening. We are excited for all the changes and we hope you are too.

Construction Updates

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.

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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.

Learn more about the NWRS