Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge
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Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge (website)
P.O. Box 1246, Socorro, NM 87801, Tel: 505-835-1828
Details: This 57,191 acre refuge straddles the Rio Grande Valley and ranges in elevation from 4,500 to 6,272 fee above sea level. Tens of thousands of birds, 340 species, including sandhill cranes, Arctic geese, Snow geese, and ducks gather for the winter. Hiking trails have benches and nature observation points at the three wilderness areas; Chupadera, Indian Well, and Little San Pascual. From Socorro, take I-25 south to San Antonio exit 139, then route 380 east .5 mile, then State Highway 1 south 8 miles to refuge. From Truth or Consequences, take I-25 north to San Marcial, then north on State Highway 1 for 9 miles to refuge.
Birds: Loons, Grebes, Pelicans, Cormorants, Bitterns, Herons, Ibises, Storks, Vultures, Swans, Geese, Ducks, Kites, Eagles, Hawks, Caracaras, Falcons, New World Quail, Rails, Gallinules, Coots, Cranes, Lapwings, Plovers, Stilts, Avocets, Sandpipers, Phalaropes, Skuas, Gulls, Terns, Pigeons, Doves, Cuckoos, Roadrunners, Barn Owls, Typical Owls, Goatsuckers, Swifts, Hummingbirds, Kingfishers, Woodpeckers, Tyrant Flycatchers, Shrikes, Vireo, Jays, Crows, Ravens, Larks, Swallows, Titmice, Chickadees, Verdins, Bushtits, Nuthatches, Creepers, Wrens, Kinglets, Gnatcatchers, Thrushes, Mockingbirds, Thrashers, Starlings, Wagtails, Pipits, Waxwings, Silky-Flycatchers, Wood Warblers, Tanagers, Sparrows, Cardinals, Grosbeaks, Blackbirds, Orioles, Finches, Old World Sparrows.
Note: Bird listings may include resident and migratory birds and common and rare sightings.