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The 29th annual Festival of the Cranes registration begins September 6th for members at 9:00 AM MDT and on the 7th for all others. The red registration button will be live starting at 9:00 AM MDT on the 6th of September. Be ready and become a member for early registration.


WELCOME! We are a non-profit group that was organized in 1993 to support Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge and to promote appreciation and conservation of wildlife and habitat through environmental education and natural history experiences. We have some great resources on our site for you, including visitor information; hiking trail descriptions and maps; points of interest; bird lists; and maps.

School groups may apply for a stipend to visit the refuge using this form.

We'd love to have you as our Friend!Join Us
Please consider Joining Us or making a tax-deductible DONATION to support this jewel in the New Mexico desert! For more targeted giving, please see our Adopt A Project page. 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.

Bosque Nature Store
Our Bosque Nature Store Online and at the Refuge supports all the Friends' important Educational and Refuge projects. Everything you purchase helps our efforts. We have t-shirts, hats, books and special gifts, and Festival merchandise when available - all Bosque-exclusive.


Please check out the Photo Contest Results

Please remember when shopping at Amazon to do so through the link below to donate to the Friends every time you do so !!

Friends of the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge

We need your help! Click here to see some of the many ways you can work with the Friends to support Bosque del Apache NWR. For more information, call 575-838-2120, or email to

The 3rd Annual Field Day for Kids was fun and educational! Thank you to all of our volunteers and sponsors for another great event!

See the PHOTO CONTEST WINNERS from our January photo workshop!

Join the Friends for an amazing trip to Ecuador in 2017! Click here to learn more. (Photo: Flame-faced tagaer by Eleanor Briccetti)


The 2016 Habitat! and January 2016 Bosque Watch Newsletter are available for download along with all past newsletters and Habitat!

The 2015 Martha Hatch Volunteers of the Year are Jim and Penny Lommen! Read more about the Lommens' contributions and past award winners here!


Learn about Friends new and returning board members elected at our Annual Meeting.

The 2015 Festival Photo Contest results are out.

Two National Wildlife Refuge System awards go to Bosque del Apache- 2015 Friends Group of the Year and Refuge Employee of the Year John Vradenburg!

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The Friends mourned the passing of 2 great volunteers and naturalists in 2015 -- Robert Kruidenier and Percy Deal.



Our online Bosque Nature Store is getting a makeover with some great new products. Check it out!mugscaps


Have you seen our educational crane videos? Brush up on your knowledge of sandhill crane behavior, migration, feeding, dancing, and more! Go to our Video Page!

Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge is on Facebook!

E.C.O.L.A.B. (Every Child Outside Learning About Bosque)- Learn about our past partnership with Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge and San Antonio Elementary for an intensive environmental education program!

Don't miss the adorable video of our mountain lion cubs!

MORE NEWS... Please see What's new for complete Refuge News and Friends' news.

Friends of the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge
P.O. Box 340, San Antonio, New Mexico 87832
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