Before the cranes fly: free guided tours of Bosque del Apache

February 10, 2009 by  
Filed under Attractions, Freebies, Weekend & Day Trips

Bosque del Apache, photo courtesy radzfoto, used with permission under a Creative Commons license

If you’ve never been to Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, you owe it to yourself to go. It’s a fantastic day trip. Stop off at the world famous Owl Cafe in San Antonio for breakfast or lunch on the way down, then continue the scenic drive to the refuge itself.

While it’s fun to simply wander around the refuge, it’s frustrating to see the thousands of birds overwintering there and not be able to identify them. Luckily, the Friends of Bosque del Apache organization is offering free guided tours of the refuge. An expert will help you learn to tell a sandhill crane from a snow goose, which will allow you to amaze your friends as you casually identify the birds from your patio during the spring and fall migrations.

Please note these weekend tours are free but are limited to 10 participants, so call for reservations: 575-835-1828.

WHAT: Free guided tour of Bosque del Apache
WHEN: Saturdays at 1:00pm, Sundays at 9:00am through February
WHERE: Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. Take I-25 south to exit 139 (south of Socorro), go east 1/4 mile on US 380 to the flashing signal in San Antonio, turn right onto Old Highway 1, and drive the 9 miles south to the Visitor Center


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