Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge

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Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge

Address:PO Box 1246
Socorro, NM 87801

Phone:505-835-1828
Fax:505-835-0314
Web: www.fws.gov/southwest/refuges/newmex/bosque
Established: 1939.
Location:20 miles south of Socorro, New Mexico.
Facilities:Visitor center, viewing sites, auto tour route, trails.
Activities:Fishing, hiking, hunting, educational programs, special events.
Special Features:One of the most spectacular wildlife refuges in North America, tens of thousands of birds gather here each autumn and stay through the winter. Refuge encompasses three wilderness areas totaling 30,850 acres and five research natural areas totaling 18,500 acres.
Habitats: 57,191 acres of moist bottomlands, wetlands, riparian forests, and farm fields. The Rio Grande flows through the center of the floodplain.
Access: Open one hour before sunrise until one hour after sunset.
Wild life: Snow geese and other waterfowl, sandhill cranes, American kestral, ravens, roadrunner, oryx, mule deer, rabbits, and porcupine.

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Rick Sammon, a professional photographer, recently led a class on a visit to Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico, where tens of thousands of geese gather around the holiday and are photographed by hundreds of photographers.
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Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge: Over the years, some of my most rewarding bird-watching experiences have been at this New Mexico refuge, located about 90 miles south of Albuquerque.
I had some that would drop over the wing and fly right next to me, their wing almost touching my shoulder,'' he said by telephone from Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, 80 miles south of Albuquerque.
At Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico, preserve officials bulldoze or burn thickets in late summer, then flood the area with water from the Rio Grande.
And there have been major setbacks, such as a 1991 drought, which cut the birthrate at the second major wild colony, which travels between Grays Lake, Idaho and the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge near Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Farther south, at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, the goal is also to mimic the natural flow of the river and its spring floods, but the approach is slightly different.
This was his third trip leading a flock of cranes on an experimental migration from his ranch in Grace, Idaho, to Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico.
But New Mexico's Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge transcends the mere knowledge of species.
For Western bird-watchers, one of the most memorable sights--and sounds--can be found at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in central New Mexico.
At Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, sandhills have staged a dramatic comeback.