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Bosque del Apache NWR

Established in 1939 to provide a critical stopover for migrating waterfowl, the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge is well known for the thousands of sandhill cranes, geese and other waterfowl that winter there each year.

Situated between the Chupadera Mountains to the west and the San Pascual Mountains to the east, the 57,331-acre refuge harbors a wild stretch of the Rio Grande, a ribbon of cottonwood and willow trees visible on the landscape from distant mesas.

A twelve-mile-long (19 km) loop road divided by a cutoff into a “Farm Loop” and “Marsh Loop” allows automobile drivers excellent views of wetland wildlife and raptors, and there are several short (1.5 to 10 miles) walking trails. The road affords good views of the fields where crops are grown for the benefit of the birds under cooperative agreements with farmers.

Some 377 species of birds have been observed on the refuge since 1940.

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November 2017

Bosque del Apache NWR with Irene Hinke-Sacilotto and Sandy Zelasko

November 27 - December 1

Co-Leaders: Irene Hinke-Sacilotto & Sandy Zelasko: Along the Rio Grande River, Bosque…

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“Bosque Wildlife” at Bosque del Apache NWR with Sandy Zelasko and Irene Hinke-Sacilotto

November 27 @ 6:30 pm - December 1 @ 5:00 pm PST

Situated along the Rio Grande River, Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge…

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December 2017

Bosque del Apache with Jeff Parker

December 1 - December 4

Join me in December 2017 for my "Bosque del Apache Photo Tour"…

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Bosque del Apache with Tim Boyer

December 4 - December 8

As dawn rises above the distant mountains and the sky brightens, the…

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Bosque Del Apache NWR with Gordon and Cathy Illg

December 31, 2017 - January 4, 2018

Join us as we try composing images with the Full Moon and…

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January 2018

Bosque del Apache & White Sands with David Stimac

January 7, 2018 - January 13, 2018

This is an intensive photo tour designed to give you as many…

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Bosque del Apache and White Sands with Daniel J. Cox

January 11, 2018 - January 16, 2018

It’s time for a winter break—join Daniel to photograph in Bosque del…

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