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Please click What's New? to get all the latest Friends' news! This News page includes information on current events, notices, and many other items of interest.

Logo Friends of the Bosque del Apache NWR The Friends of the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge work on behalf of birds and wildlife, helping to protect the critically important habitat of the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, and helping to educate and inform the public about the value and beauty of all life at the Bosque.

We're a friendly group of people who love the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. Please join us! Chupadera Scene Bosque del Apache NWR The Friends of the Bosque del Apache NWR are people from all over the country who enjoy the seasons and cycles of the natural world. As Friends of the Bosque, we help safeguard and enhance the habitats necessary for these birds and all the wildlife here to thrive. If you would like to learn more about the history of the Friends, please see The First 20 Years, compiled by charter member John Bertrand.

We want to continue to have opportunities to observe and learn about plants, birds and other wildlife, and by supporting the Refuge, we can do our part to ensure that future generations will have the possibility to connect with the wonder of life here. (please see our pages About the Refuge)

The Friends were organized in 1993 to publish a Refuge paper needed to inform visitors about the Refuge. (Federal regulations at the time prevented the Refuge staff from publishing.) "Habitat" has since been an annual publication financed by the Friends. It is a full color, 12-page publication full of information and Refuge photos. Habitat! can be downloaded free from our publications page.

Chupadera Scene Bosque del Apache NWR In May 2007, the Friends of the Bosque successfully purchased the 6,272 foot Chupadera Peak and the surrounding 140 acres and added it to the Refuge. More than 270 individuals, service clubs and organizations contributed amounts from $10 to $4,500 to the fund-raising campaign. Please read more about the amazing accomplishment.

We are also proud to have John Bertrand volunteering on behalf of the Friends! He was honored as the 2008 National Volunteer of the Year, a National Award presented by the National Wildlife Refuge Association and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. You can read more about him and the prestigious award by visiting National Volunteer of the Year Thank you, John (John is pictured above at the far left in the photo of 3 people) and thank you to our many, many other wonderful volunteers for all the invaluable help you give to us and to the Refuge.

The Friends also publish a newsletter called the "Bosque Watch" every quarter, which is distributed to all members and in the Visitor Center. The Bosque Watch (See Newsletters ) is intended to inform and entertain while offering all members an opportunity to speak out.

Boardwalk Refuge Events Bosque del Apache NWR Refuge Educational Events for the public, free of charge, have been a major effort for years. These range from workshops on crane behavior, hummingbirds and migration, to nature walks, photography, watercolor, astronomy, and herpetology. Guided tours on the Refuge are offered each weekend during the winter, some led by Friends. (See Educational Events )

The annual Festival of the Cranes is a highly acclaimed event, with hundreds of attractions and thousands of visitors, sponsored jointly by the Friends, the City of Socorro, and theBosque del Apache NWR staff. (See Festival of the Cranes )

The Bosque Nature Store is a Friends' enterprise, and is our major source of funds. Bosque Nature Store Beginning as a book store, it now encompasses clothing, jewelry, photos, art work, notecards, childrens' toys, educational materials and much more. It is located at the Visitor center at the Refuge as well as online with secure online payment. (Bosque Nature Store )

The education of youth about nature and environmental topics is also a major effort, financed by the Friends. Youth are brought to the Refuge from by bus from the schools. In coordination with the family of G. Emerson Learn III, the Friends of the Bosque del Apache has established the Emerson Learn Bus Scholarship Endowment. Through this endowment started in Emerson's memory, the Friends have created a permanent fund to provide stipends for New Mexico schools to visit the Refuge.

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Our main educational project is E.C.O.L.A.B. (Every Child Outside Learning About Bosque) We, the Friends are partnering with Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, San Antonio Elementary and Audubon New Mexico for this intensive environmental education program with Friends Environmental Educator, Andrea Harris. The focus of E.C.O.L.A.B. is on on ecosystems of the Bosque del Apache NWR. Through this program, students get a hands on, in depth experience. It is our hope to instill a sense of stewardship and provoke wonder in the natural world to future generations and bosque neighbors.
(See Youth Pages ) also

Please see our Online Library of Articles which has a growing number of Articles of Interest.

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Christina Ann Lannan Education Annex

Lannan Edu Annex
Photo © 2006 Leigh Ann Vrandenburg

Thanks to the following organizations who made the
Christina Ann Lannan Education Annex a reality:
The Lannan Foundation
Thaw Charitable Trust
Messengers of Healing Winds
Burlington Northern Santa Fe Foundation
Friends of the Bosque del Apache NWR

The Christina Ann Lannan Education Annex is a 2,500 square foot addition to the existing Visitor Center at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. It includes classroom space, ample storage and an entrance foyer/gallery.

More than 2,000 school children visit the refuge each year to participate in curriculum based education activities led by Refuge staff and volunteers. Programs focus on migratory birds, aquatic creatures, the Rio Grande and other topics through hands-on experience.

The Friends offer an exciting Education curriculum to local schools that is based out of the Annex.

The Refuge and Friends offer tours, workshops and other events throughout the year. The Refuge also hosts professional and scientific meetings, training sessions and workshops for agencies, private landowners and other organizations. This annex provides a high quality experience for students of all ages.

Please see also: ECOLAB our current Youth Project!

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