The Festival of the Cranes offers something for everyone: from backyard birders to bird experts, from amateur photographers to pros. Activities include refuge tours, bird biology, geology and art workshops, keynote speakers and much more. 

Members of the Audubon Council of New Mexico, the Central New Mexico Audubon Society, the American Birding Association and the Friends of the Bosque Board will be on hand at the observation decks around the Bosque tour loops to assist visitors with questions and to share their birding expertise and scopes.

Lectures are offered for a variety of wildlife related subjects.  Lecture topics include photography, bird identification and wildlife painting. Workshops are conducted in the field or special facilities.

Established in 1939 to provide a critical stopover for migrating waterfowl, the refuge is well known for the thousands of sandhill cranes, geese and other waterfowl that winter here each year. Today, Bosque del Apache is part of the National Wildlife Refuge System, a national network of lands and waters set aside and managed for the benefit of wildlife, habitat and you.

The Refuge is 57,331 acres located along the Rio Grande near Socorro, located at the northern edge of the Chihuahuan desert. The heart of the Refuge is about 12,900 acres of moist bottomlands - 3,800 acres are active floodplain of the Rio Grande and 9,100 acres are areas where water is diverted to create extensive wetlands, farmlands, and riparian forests.

The Festival of the Cranes occurs the third week of November annually.

For more information please call 575-835-2077 or visit:

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