Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge

Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge Welcome to the Valle De Oro National Wildlife Refuge page! For official information about the Refuge, go to http://www.fws.gov/refuges/profiles/index.cfm?id=22525.
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11/09/2020
Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge

We are live now with Jennifer Owen-White, Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge Manager and Subhankar Banerjee, professor of Art and Ecology, talking all about connections between New Mexico and Arctic NWR!

Tune in on Monday Nov 9th at 4:00 pm MST to learn how New Mexico is connected to Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska and how what we do locally has impacts across the continent. Join Jennifer Owen-White, Refuge Manager at Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge, and Subhankar Banerjee, professor of Art & Ecology at the University of New Mexico and a longtime advocate of Arctic conservation and indigenous human rights, for a conversation and Q&A on the importance of the National Wildlife Refuge system and our actions to support migratory wildlife and the ecosystems we depend on. #arcticbirdfest #howdoyouarctic

11/09/2020
Cross-Continental Connections: Arctic NWR and Valle de Oro NWR

Tune in on Monday Nov 9th at 4:00 pm MST to learn how New Mexico is connected to Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska and how what we do locally has impacts across the continent. Join Jennifer Owen-White, Refuge Manager at Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge, and Subhankar Banerjee, professor of Art & Ecology at the University of New Mexico and a longtime advocate of Arctic conservation and indigenous human rights, for a conversation and Q&A on the importance of the National Wildlife Refuge system and our actions to support migratory wildlife and the ecosystems we depend on. #arcticbirdfest #howdoyouarctic

11/09/2020
11/09/2020
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Join us as we celebrate this year’s Arctic Refuge Virtual Bird Fest, today through November 14th! Follow along on https://www.arcticbirdfest.com/, and tune in daily to our page for fun Arctic related stories, discussions, music and more. You can participate along with us by using these hashtags.

#ArcticBirdFest

Join us all week as we celebrate Arctic Refuge Virtual Bird Fest! Participate by using these daily hashtags! We've got an amazing lineup, from music with DJ Ecotone, to photography with Khurram Khan and artwork by Sara Wolman! Peep our website to see what we have in store for you: arcticbirdfest.com/ ✨🦉

Video and artwork by Sara Wolman/USFWS, music courtesy of Splice

Visual description: Tech trance music plays throughout video. Image shows a pixelated game menu featuring an 8-bit style blinking snowy owl and mountains in the background with a sunset sky. Top text reads #ArcticBirdFest. Text under it reads: Main Menu, 11/9 #HowDoYouArctic Share what Arctic Refuge means to you. 11/10 #AskABiologist Ask a biologist and get your questions answered. 11/11 #PostADuck We'll tell you if the duck you post is in Arctic Refuge. 11/12 #TeamRaptor or #TeamSongbird Which team are you? 11/13 #WorstBirdPhoto Share your best worst bird photo

11/09/2020

Tune in on Monday Nov 9th at 4:00 pm MST to learn how New Mexico is connected to Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska and how what we do locally has impacts across the continent. Join Jennifer Owen-White, Refuge Manager at Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge, and Subhankar Banerjee, professor of Art & Ecology at the University of New Mexico and a longtime advocate of Arctic conservation and indigenous human rights, for a conversation and Q&A on the importance of the National Wildlife Refuge system and our actions to support migratory wildlife and the ecosystems we depend on. #arcticbirdfest #howdoyouarctic

For today’s #FWSFriday we wanted to share these adorable pics of Black-footed Ferrets at the National Black-footed Ferre...
11/06/2020

For today’s #FWSFriday we wanted to share these adorable pics of Black-footed Ferrets at the National Black-footed Ferret Conservation Center! We could all use a little cute ferret face on our feeds right now...

Happy Ferret Friday Folks!

BFF FooFooCuddlyPoops has a good time just being who he is....
With a name like that why not?

Photo Credit: Kelsey, FCC Staff

Welcome to this week’s #TransformationThursday, your weekly opportunity to learn about all the exciting projects happeni...
11/06/2020

Welcome to this week’s #TransformationThursday, your weekly opportunity to learn about all the exciting projects happening on and around YOUR Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge.

This week we want to tell you about a beautiful and sustainable feature of our visitor center, the use of beetle killed pine. Unfortunately there are millions of acres of pine trees throughout the west that have been killed by various species of bark beetles. According to the US Forest Service, along the West Coast through the Rocky Mountains, bark beetles have affected tens of millions of acres of forest. While bark beetles are native to U.S. forests and play important ecological roles, they can cause extensive tree mortality and negative economic and social impacts. Climate change has led to an increase in these damaging effects and stands of dead trees can add to catastrophic fire risk.

After beetles kill a tree, if that tree is harvested early enough, the wood can be reused as timber. This can help protect a forest from increased spread and avoid providing more fuel for wildfires.

The beetles carry a fungus that slowly turns the wood different colors. Commonly know as “blue stain” the colors that appear can range from blue, purple, brown, orange, yellow, red, and pink. The fungal staining is purely cosmetic and has no effect on the structural integrity of the wood.

Check out these beautiful uses of beetle killed pine in our new visitor center. We are proud to use already dead trees, to help our forests be healthy and to have a great story to tell our visitors. You will see the beetle killed pine in the cabinets, along the outside walls in the breezeway and on some of the ceilings. We hope you love this touch as much as we do!
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To finish, here’s your weekly tip from the Mountain View Emergency Preparedness team. This group is a part of our Mountain View Neighborhood Association and Mountain View Community Action and is working hard to keep our host neighborhood and neighbors informed and prepared in case of an emergency.

Despite the recent warm temperatures, it looks like we have some colder weather in our future. Here's a good reminder about safely heating your home.
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Lots of exciting things are happening at Valle de Oro, thanks for being a part of our transformation! Don’t forget you can sign up for these updates via email by dropping us a line at [email protected] or just check in with us on Facebook every Thursday. We hope to see you on the Refuge soon (but if you visit make sure to follow the signs, wear a mask and remember the social distancing guidelines).

#RefugeManaJenn

Invasive species treatment on the refuge will be continuing this month with lots more mowing in store. Please feel free ...
11/04/2020

Invasive species treatment on the refuge will be continuing this month with lots more mowing in store. Please feel free to check out the map and our invasive plant management plan for November, and as always, reach out anytime if you have any questions to [email protected].

Hi there, It's #BeeeCherry with another #WildlifeWednesday.What moves like a snake but has small scaly limbs and has a l...
11/04/2020
NMHS - Lizards of New Mexico

Hi there, It's #BeeeCherry with another #WildlifeWednesday.
What moves like a snake but has small scaly limbs and has a long body? ...
If you guessed a Skink, you are correct!
These super cool lizards belong to the family of Scincidae. Here in New Mexico, people commonly encounter these lizards in their gardens or up in the mountains. They sometimes use their body to slither around like a snake rather than their small limbs to move quickly away from danger. That is why they often are loud at moving around in their territories and people are most likely get a glimpse of them and commonly mistake them for snakes.

Check out some of the species that could be in our own backyard: http://www.nmherpsociety.org/reptiles/lizards/index.html
#lizardlover #herpetology

Have a great Wednesday everyone!

Happy #TeachMeTuesday and Election Day. Here's a great resource to find out everything you need to know about how, where...
11/03/2020
Everything You Need to Vote - Vote.org

Happy #TeachMeTuesday and Election Day. Here's a great resource to find out everything you need to know about how, where and what you need to vote in person or how to submit and track a mail in ballot. Make sure your voice gets heard!

Register to vote. Check your registration status. Get your absentee ballot. Fast, free, easy, secure, nonpartisan.

It’s #FWSFriday and today we are sharing some exciting news from the Department of the Interior- now all 5th graders and...
10/30/2020

It’s #FWSFriday and today we are sharing some exciting news from the Department of the Interior- now all 5th graders and their families can get a free pass to all public lands including National Parks and our favorite-National Wildlife Refuges. Check it out!

Visiting our amazing public lands can create life long memories. We're excited to announce that for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year, U.S. fifth graders can bring their families to national parks, wildlife refuges and other Department of the Interior managed public lands and waters for free. Get out there and explore: www.nps.gov/kids/fifthgrade.htm

Photo at Muir Woods National Monument by Jessica Curren (www.sharetheexperience.org).

Welcome to this week’s #TransformationThursday, your weekly opportunity to learn about all the exciting projects happeni...
10/30/2020
Report: Albuquerque park access lacking for vulnerable communities, but expanded transit could help

Welcome to this week’s #TransformationThursday, your weekly opportunity to learn about all the exciting projects happening on and around YOUR Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge.

We are excited to share a NEW report! Over the past year Valle de Oro NWR and other partners have worked with the Albuquerque Urban to Wild coalition, led by The Wilderness Society on a transportation equity study focused on access to public lands in the Albuquerque area. At a time when the City of Albuquerque (CABQ) and Bernalillo County officials are looking for ways to keep the region’s parks and open spaces accessible during Covid-19 and into the future, the Urban to Wild coalition, is highlighting steps to create a more equitable transit system and ensure better access to parks and open space in the metro-area.

Next Stop: Equitable Access, a new Transit to Parks mapping analysis released this week, highlights disparities across the city that are being further exacerbated by Covid-19, demonstrating both the urgency and opportunity for officials to work together to implement community informed recommendations.

Did you know: Albuquerque area neighborhoods with majority of non-white residents, experience a lack of public transportation to access parks & open space, especially on weekends, with only 18% of communities of color having good access. You can learn more and find the report here: http://wilderness.org/ABQTransitToParks

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To finish, here’s your weekly tip from the Mountain View Emergency Preparedness team. This group is a part of our Mountain View Neighborhood Association and Mountain View Community Action and is working hard to keep our host neighborhood and neighbors informed and prepared in case of an emergency.

Since Halloween is this weekend, we wanted to share some reminders about safety this spooky season.

Halloween Safety in the Times of Covid

Many traditional Halloween activities can be high-risk for spreading viruses. There are several safer, alternative ways to participate in Halloween. If you may have COVID-19 or you may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, you should not participate in in-person Halloween festivities and should not give out candy to trick-or-treaters.

Lower risk activities- These lower risk activities can be safe alternatives:

- Carving or decorating pumpkins with members of your household and displaying them
- Carving or decorating pumpkins outside, at a safe distance, with neighbors or friends
- Decorating your house, apartment, or living space
- Doing a Halloween scavenger hunt where children are given lists of Halloween-themed things to look for while they walk outdoors from house to house admiring Halloween decorations at a distance
- Having a virtual Halloween costume contest
- Having a Halloween movie night with people you live with
- Having a scavenger hunt-style trick-or-treat search with your household members in or around your home rather than going house to house
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Lots of exciting things are happening at Valle de Oro, thanks for being a part of our transformation! Don’t forget you can sign up for these updates via email by dropping us a line at [email protected] or just check in with us on Facebook every Thursday. We hope to see you on the Refuge soon (but if you visit make sure to follow the signs, wear a mask and remember the social distancing guidelines).

#RefugeManaJenn

Albuquerque is home to many parks and open spaces, but they’re not accessible enough to low-income families and communities of color. Expanded public transit and other policy changes can make Albuquerque parks more equitable.

Hello everyone and welcome back to another #WildlifeWednesday.Maybe this time of year you're thinking more about creepy-...
10/28/2020
Camel Spider | National Geographic

Hello everyone and welcome back to another #WildlifeWednesday.

Maybe this time of year you're thinking more about creepy-crawly things. So I would like to do some myth busting about camel spiders. Camel spiders are not venomous or they cannot grow up to the length of a human. What they can do is run really fast (at about 10 miles per hour) and have large fang-like jaws that can grow to be 1-2 inches long(which is 1/3rd of their body length of 6 inches).

If you would like to learn more about this creepy-crawly, please check out: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/invertebrates/c/camel-spider/

Have a great week everyone,

#beeecherry

Explore the true story of a misunderstood animal. Camel spiders are the subject of many false rumors, but the real deal is as fascinating as fiction.

Guess what? It's Bat Week!! Join us in counting down to Halloween by learning all about these spooky and delightful anim...
10/27/2020
Home - Bat Week

Guess what? It's Bat Week!! Join us in counting down to Halloween by learning all about these spooky and delightful animals!

Did you know that there are 1,400 species of bats worldwide? That makes up almost one-quarter of the world's mammals! They are the only mammal that can truly fly, and are great insect eaters and pollinators. The world’s largest bat is the "flying fox" with a wingspan of up to 6 feet. And the smallest bat is the bumble bee bat, which is about the size of, well.. a bumblebee!

Check out https://batweek.org/ for more info and lots of fun resources including: how to build a bat house, bat community science, and how you can get involved in your own neighborhood. You can even download a cookbook of goodies and treats made with bat-dependent Ingredients!

What do you love about bats? Have a fun bat fact you'd like to share? Let us know!

#TeachMeTuesday #BatWeek

BAT WEEK OCTOBER 24 – 31, 2020 Bat Week is an annual, international celebration of the role of bats in nature BAT WEEK IS AN ANNUAL, INTERNATIONAL CELEBRATION OF THE ROLE OF BATS IN NATURE COUNTDOWN TO BAT WEEK Day Hour Minute Second About Bat Week Bat Week is an international, annual celebration ...

Happy #MeOnMonday! Today we want to introduce you to the Ancestral Lands crew 610. This crew has spent the past week ass...
10/26/2020

Happy #MeOnMonday! Today we want to introduce you to the Ancestral Lands crew 610.

This crew has spent the past week assisting Explora employees and #BackyardAni in creating a wildlife habitat pocket garden and playscape in the "natures notes" garden at Explora. They have been working hard to build natural retaining walls and terraces from cottonwood stumps. These features will slow the movement of rainwater downslope, increasing water percolation into the soil and uptake into the plant roots. This week they will be focusing on creating an artistic exhibit for the space using water and sound.

We are so grateful to have their help in building this garden with the ABQ Backyard Refuge Program!

It’s #FWSFriday and we are loving these photos from the wildlife drinkers at Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge. The var...
10/23/2020

It’s #FWSFriday and we are loving these photos from the wildlife drinkers at Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge. The variety of species are so cool to see, it’s incredible what water in the desert brings!

Sevilleta Drinker Team #1 chalked up 10,640 views last week. Thanks to everyone who looked, liked, and shared. Time for Sevilleta Drinker Team #2 - different animals after all important water. Team members include: bobcat, desert bighorn sheep, badger, gray fox, burrowing owl, coyote, and elk. Go ahead, Help Team #2 along: Look, Like, and Share.

Welcome to this week’s #TransformationThursday, your weekly opportunity to learn about all the exciting projects happeni...
10/22/2020

Welcome to this week’s #TransformationThursday, your weekly opportunity to learn about all the exciting projects happening on and around YOUR Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge.

This week we are focusing on outdoor lighting at the new visitor center. It might not seem that exciting but it is a big deal to us.

You might remember that about a year ago we received the first ever Urban Night Sky Place Designation from the International Dark Sky Association (https://www.darksky.org/our-work/conservation/idsp/unsp/). A big part of our designation is about modeling best practices to protect the night sky and prevent light pollution and that is exactly what we are doing with our lighting at the visitor center. Our outdoor lighting has 3 important features: they are shielded so light is focused down not up, the light color is a warmer LED light and has a lower color temperature (under 3,000 kelvins) and the lights will be on a timer and only on when needed for visitor safety.

You can learn more about the best practices in outdoor lighting through the International Dark Sky Association here: https://www.darksky.org/our-work/lighting/lighting-for-citizens/lighting-basics/

Maybe you can join us and make the lighting at your home friendly to the dark sky along with Valle de Oro NWR!
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To finish, here’s your weekly tip from the Mountain View Emergency Preparedness team. This group is a part of our Mountain View Neighborhood Association and Mountain View Community Action and is working hard to keep our host neighborhood and neighbors informed and prepared in case of an emergency.

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month and for our fourth week of the month we want to share some info on watching out for identity theft and cyber scams.
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Lots of exciting things are happening at Valle de Oro, thanks for being a part of our transformation! Don’t forget you can sign up for these updates via email by dropping us a line at [email protected] or just check in with us on Facebook every Thursday. We hope to see you on the Refuge soon (but if you visit make sure to follow the signs, wear a mask and remember the social distancing guidelines).

#RefugeManaJenn

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Albuquerque, NM
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Hello. My family and I are reopening the Little Store on south 2nd street. It had to close it's doors because of the current Pandemic. The owner decided not to reopen this much needed little store again to pursue some of his works. I worked weekends here for 6 months and was impressed with how the community supported this store. While I was there some people came in from Valle De Oro and looked around. I am here to tell you please message me back and let me know what kinds of items we can carry to bring you in to shop at our store. Our new name will be Isabells Little Store, which is in remembrance of my beautiful granddaughter who tragically passed away 3 years ago at 16. She is missed everyday and we are glad to have her name on our little store. We are hoping to make this store much more than it has been and do have a gofundme page @https://gf.me/u/ychrp6 set up for any donations as this is building is in need of some renovations. Looking forward to any and all who can come by for our grand opening in Aug 2020 and after to look around and shop. Exact date to come in a couple of weeks. Thank you
Theresa Skiba, Fiana Shapiro, and Vanessa Barela on the Rio Grande for the Christmas Bird Count.
When does your irrigation begin? Please.😀
So great to see #RangerRedwood and #TotallyTobes at the Festival of the Cranes! 🦆🧚‍♂️🦉🐾🦅
For more information and to register go to www.landandwatersummit.org
During my visit on Saturday, I noticed there was a piece of metal in the opening of this nest box. Is there a reason for discouraging the box being used?
I took this photo of a Summer Tanager while walking on the Bosque trail Yesterday, April 23 at roughly 6:00 PM. I could hear more tanagers in the surrounding trees. (photo by Fernando Ortega)
I took this photo of a Summer Tanager while walking on the new Bosque trail yesterday at around 6:00 PM. He was making a chipping sound. I heard at least two others making the same call.
Western Kingbird.
I was practicing my photography skills at Valle de Oro recently and thought you all might like this one. I tried to get the Spanish version as well but the western meadowlark singing here looked just a bit too small The meadowlarks are certainly singing up a storm right now!
We went to the Birthday Party Saturday. Had a GREAT time!!
This little cutie found the perfect perch to watch over the refuge from.