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The Bosque de Apache National Wildlife Refuge(NWR) is a 57,000-acre refuge 20 miles south of Socorro in southern New Mexico. Bosque del Apache means “woods of the Apache” after the Apache Indians who frequented this site. Bosque is pronounced BOSS KAY.



The refuge is best known for the migrating Sandhill Cranes and Snow Geese that visit especially in November and December. The bird count for our visit was as follows.



Multiple photos of the Snow Geese, Ducks and Sandhill Cranes are presented on the different relevant pages of this site. Sally and I visited during the Festival of the Cranes sponsored by the non-profit Friends of the Bosque del Apache. Three of the events that were highlights for us were
Sandhill Crane Behavior given by Paul Tebbel, Keanna Leonard and Robert Kruidenier each of whom have a vast knowledge of the Sandhill Cranes, Deadly Beauty Photography by master falconer Matthew Mitchell and Walk Out to the Fly Out. Both the Sandhill Crane Behavior and the Walk Out to the Fly Out started at 5:30 in the AM with the temperature in the mid 20’s. While these might seem to present a stiff test of birder’s, both events were filled to capacity. The early morning events were accompanied by beautiful sunrises



and once the sun came up by equally beautiful scenery.




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