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Registration for our 28th Annual Festival of The Cranes is now OPEN. The schedule is online, with six great days of workshops, tours, lectures, hikes and special activities, our popular Expo Tent and Wildlife Exhibitions. Make plans to join us Nov. 17-22, 2015!

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.


JOIN US for the Friends Annual Meeting on Saturday, October 17th! Learn about Friends and refuge activities from past year and help vote in our new board members. Read more about the candidates here. There will be lunch and an afternoon activity choice - work project or tour to the John P. Taylor Jr. Memorial Trail. Please RSVP to if you plan to attend. Hope to see you there!!

The 2015 Festival Photo Contest is now closed. Stay tuned for the announcement of the winners!

The 2016 Habitat! and October 2015 Bosque Watch Newsletter are available for download along with all past newsletters and Habitat!

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 mourn the passing of 2 great volunteers and naturalists this year -- Robert Kruidenier and Percy Deal.


Bosque Field Day for Kids was a tremendous success! Thank you to all of our sponsors.

2015 Field Day

During the recent Festival, we had a special photography workshop and photo contest out at the Very Large Array. Congratulations to top photos from Meggie Raeder, Bob Fugate, and Ed MacKerrow (Click names to see images!)

The 2014 Friends of the Bosque Photo Contest Winners have been announced!



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


The 2014 Martha Hatch Volunteer of the Year is Kale Batsell! Thanks Kale!

Get Your Goose On! Rally Towels
Be a part of the national movement to support our National Wildlife Refuges! Get Your Goose On (GYGO) is calling on you to hike, birdwatch, fish, photograph, and otherwise experience with childlike wonder America's great outdoors at National Wildlife Refuges across America!!!
To learn more about the fun, please visit The Official GYGO Website! See the pictures we've received so far!! Towels available online or at the Bosque Nature Store.


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

Want to learn more about research at the refuge? Check out our list of 2013 projects!

Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge is now on Facebook!

E.C.O.L.A.B. (Every Child Outside Learning About Bosque)- We are partnering with Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge and San Antonio Elementary for this intensive environmental education program!

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

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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