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; 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! 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.
Our 27th Annual Festival of The Cranes
is now over. We had 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!
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.
We invite you to our great Refuge educational events that include workshops,
programs, seminars, classes and lectures, and more.
Most of the workshops and events are free.
Thousands of cranes and geese are here!! Check out the most recent BIRD ESTIMATES.
The refuge is offering several guided tours Friday-Sunday. Don't miss these opportunities! Learn more!
The 2015 Habitat! and January 2015 Bosque Watch Newsletter are available for download along with all past newsletters and Habitat!
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!)
Friends of the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge
Our online Bosque Nature Store is getting a makeover with some great new products. Check it out!
Visit Kids Field Day to see our sponsors and link to our Flickr site from the day!
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!
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.