Field trip to the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. See both fauna and flora. Meet at the “Y” in Tularosa (old gas station at the intersection of US 54 and US 70) at 8:00 a.m. for carpooling. It takes about an hour and 50 minutes to get there.
The field trip date is the last day of the Festival of the Cranes (migratory return of the cranes) hosted by the Friends of the Bosque del Apache, so there should be lots of activity in the refuge. The Desert Arboretum at the Visitor’s Center, maintained by the Friends, should prove interesting also.
Note: There are many formal events associated with the Festival of Cranes such as workshops and guided tours put on by the Friends of the Bosque del Apache. Many of them have fees and all require pre-registration. We are not participating in those but you are welcome to do so. There is plenty to see with just paying the park fee of $5.00 per vehicle.
Great views of the refuge, and lots of greater sandhill cranes, snow geese, a variety of ducks and coots.
Helgi and Cate bird watching.
Desert Arboretum at the Visitor’s Center
Videos of the garden
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