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. For more about the Fish and Wildlife service, go to www.fws.gov.
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#BackyardAni here on #SanctuarySunday. Ever wonder how native bees differ from honey bees? Interested in creating  bee h...
05/31/2020
NMSU: Pocket Guide to the Native Bees of New Mexico

#BackyardAni here on #SanctuarySunday. Ever wonder how native bees differ from honey bees? Interested in creating bee habitat? Learn to identify our native bee species by checking out this digital Pocket Guide to the Native Bees of New Mexico from our partner, New Mexico State University! #ABQBackyardRefuge

This publication is intended as an introductory guide to the main groups of native bees that you might expect to see visiting such plants. Information on techniques for enhancing bee habitat is also included.

05/30/2020
Selawik National Wildlife Refuge

Happy #FWSFriday. Today we’re sharing this birding video from our friend Brittany at Selawik National Wildlife Refuge. We consider Selawik our sibling refuge and although it’s all the way up in Alaska, we have so many things in common. Enjoy!

Two of the most common diving ducks you'll find around Kotebue are scaup and canvasbacks. Learn how to recognize these two birds in this latest basic birding video from Brittany.
[description: pictures and video clips of two different types of diving ducks.]

Welcome to this week’s #TransformationThursday, your weekly opportunity to learn about all the exciting projects happeni...
05/29/2020

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 going to share some more pictures of the Visitor Center progress, its really coming together and we couldn't be more excited!

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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.

Keeping Animals Safe When It’s Hot

Never leave pets in the car! Temperatures rise quickly even with the windows down and can be deadly for your pet.

#BeatTheHeat indoors, check on neighbors & always call 911 if you see a pet or child in a hot car.

Be sure your pets have access to plenty of water, especially when it’s hot.

Make sure your pet has plenty of shady places to go when outdoors.

CAUTION: Test sidewalks with your hand. If it’s too hot for your hand, it’s probably too hot for your pet.

Avoid exercising with your pet outside on extremely hot days.
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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

Welcome to another #WildlifeWednesday. We might be familiar with the phrase ‘robin egg blue’ and while American Robins l...
05/27/2020

Welcome to another #WildlifeWednesday. We might be familiar with the phrase ‘robin egg blue’ and while American Robins lay stunning eggs, bird eggs come in all sorts of shapes, sizes and colors. Killdeer, a shorebird that nest on the rocky edges of the Refuge’s gravel roads lay, eggs that look like the rocks surrounding them. While Western Meadowlark’s nesting in the grasses have relatively pointed eggs and Black-chinned hummingbird eggs are the size of jellybeans! Check out this great article to learn more about amazing eggs.
https://www.allaboutbirds.org/news/the-beauty-and-biology-of-egg-color/

Until next week, take care. #ConstructionKate
Photo American Robin nest, Katie McVey/USFWS

It's #MeonMonday with #aebiologist. While working at home these past couple of months, I've been able to get a lot of bi...
05/25/2020

It's #MeonMonday with #aebiologist. While working at home these past couple of months, I've been able to get a lot of biological planning done for the refuge and brought on a Bio Tech, which has been great, but my goodness I miss the refuge: mainly the wildlife calling loudly as you drive slowly by, the wind rustling the cottonwood leaves in the bosque, the smell of earth, rich soil drifting into the open car window, the laughter and giggles of my co-workers as we work together at our conference table, and the native plants we just put in the ground at their forever home, the refuge.

Luckily, I was approved to go in to care for and water the recently planted saltgrass plugs. I was worried about their health, mostly thinking the worse, but seeing how some of the recent ones and past ones are doing their best to thrive gives me hope, filling me with joy. Though many plants are desperate for a drink, I'm amazed by their resiliency. Not going to lie, when I'm out there watering these plants by hand, I find myself singing/humming to the plants and myself, marveling at the birds overhead or the coyote running past or watching me from a respectable distance. The times I go in are some of my best moments of peace through all this that I didn't even know I was craving. And I know much like these plants, I am also resilient. We are also resilient.

Bonus: Showy milkweed.

As I wrote this, I also took a moment to think about the meaning behind today, Memorial Day. One day out of many to remember and honor all who served and sacrificed for our nation and are no longer with us.

Quick, cheap and beautiful wildlife habitat at your fingertips! Sowing seeds for native grasses and wildflowers creates ...
05/24/2020

Quick, cheap and beautiful wildlife habitat at your fingertips! Sowing seeds for native grasses and wildflowers creates colorful, drought tolerant-meadows that support pollinators and foragers throughout the growing season. #SanctuarySunday #BackyardAni #ABQBackyardRefuge

Buenos Dias!!Me llamo Julíetta y espero que todos están bien y conviviendo con su familia en este memento. Por la dia de...
05/23/2020

Buenos Dias!!

Me llamo Julíetta y espero que todos están bien y conviviendo con su familia en este memento. Por la dia de #StewardshipSaturdays o #SabadoSeguirdores quiera compartir halgo que hice. En las fotos hice una estructura de sombra para mis plantitas de lechuga y col rizado.

Primero habia unas ramas de un arbor de Alamo tirado en frente de la casa de mi abuela y ella me stava dicendo, " Hay por favor hija, tira los ramas en el bote de basura para que los lleven".

Y yo pensaba ,

y penseba

y ya lo pense bien. Si yo tiraba los ramas en la basura, van a herchar a perder por que van a ir a un vertedero.

Y despues pense en un solución para usar los ramas como un estructura de sombra para mis plantas, porque estaban garando mucho sol y quemandose. Puse un rama primero y despues otra, y la otra y ya sabes la canción. Hice como un torre de ramas jaja y salio bien porque la viento se paso y la torre no se murió!!

Con esta queria enseñar que puedemos usar y no tirar, como cuidadores de la Madre Tierra.

Gracias por escucharme y si quieren comparte las cosas que ustedes estan haciendo que trabajan con la naturaleza, y no en contra de ella.

Manda un correo electrónico o un mensaje en el Facebook con tus fotos y un párrafo que estan haciendo, como cuidadores de nuestro Tierra, para que podemos compartir lo que nuestro comunidad estan crearendo en la refugió página de Facebook.

#CreciendoConJulietta #GrowingwithJulietta

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Good morning!!
My name is Julíetta and I hope that everyone is well and being safe with your family at this time. For the day of #StewardshipSaturdays or #SabadoSeguirdores I want to share what I did.

In the photos I made a shade structure for my lettuce and kale seedlings. First there were some branches of Cottonwood trees lying in front of my grandmother's house and she kept saying to me, "Please, daughter, throw the branches in the trash can for them to take."

And I thought,

and I thought

and I thought more about it.

If I threw the branches in the trash, they will go to waste because they will go to a landfill. And then I thought of a solution to use the branches as a shade structure for my plants, because they were getting a lot of sun and getting sun burnt. I put a branch first and then another, and the other and it was kinda like a reverse game of pick-up-stix but you definitley had to create. I made like a tower of branches haha ​​and it went well because the wind passed and the tower did not die !! With this I learned that everywhere we look we should find ways were we can work with nature not against it.

Thanks for listening and if you ever want to share what you create as stewards of the land that are working with nature and not against it, just send an email or facebook message with pictures and paragraph of what your doing so we can post our communities creations on the refuge page.

05/22/2020
New Mexico Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office

Happy #FWSFriday! Today we want to share this video from our partners at the New Mexico Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office about the Native Fish in the classroom. We normally have 1 or 2 of the releases here in the river next to Valle de Oro and we were so sad to not have the students out to release their fish. Kudos to Angela Palacios for all her work in this program and for getting those fish to the river!

On this Endangered Species Day, we have a special video to share. During our Native Fish in the Classroom Program students usually have the opportunity to release their fish during one of 13 Field Days. The Field Days occur across New Mexico at the end of the school year during April and May. And for reasons beyond our control, as many know, that did not happen this year.

This video montage is for the students, so they know their fish made it to their final destination among the rivers and streams of New Mexico. Thank you, students, for all your hard work and dedication to your fish!

Fish for the NFIC Program were provided by: Mora National Fish Hatchery, NM Game and Fish (NMDGF), Albuquerque BioPark - Aquatic Conservation Facility, Trout Unlimited (in partnership with NMDGF), U.S. Forest Service - Gila National Forest, and New Mexico Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office.

Video Credit: NMFWCO/USFWS

Welcome to this week’s #TransformationThursday, your weekly opportunity to learn about all the exciting projects happeni...
05/22/2020

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.

We apologize for the late post this week. We had a high-profile visitor to the refuge today, Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt. He came to tour Valle de Oro and learn about our community based urban refuge and all the changes happening on site. We should have some photos to share with you next week but until then wanted to share this tweet that the Secretary shared about the visit.

https://twitter.com/SecBernhardt/status/1263610243746983936

Secretary David Bernhardt on Twitter
“The Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge is a unique urban refuge that remains accessible and offers a getaway for those living nearby. When complete, it will serve as a center of learning & recreation for the community, and it’s a reminder of the importance of getting outdoors!”
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If you missed it last weekend, make sure to check out the time lapse video we shared of the visitor center construction. You can see it here on our page: https://www.facebook.com/ValleDeOroNationalWildlifeRefuge/videos/273621583770939/
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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.

Be Prepared for a Power Outage-

As temperatures rise and the winds pick up in spring, or monsoons come in summer, there are lots of reasons why we might lose power to our homes. Here are some reminders from FEMA on how to stay safe and healthy during a power outage.
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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

This week’s #WildlifeWednesday is thanks to #RefugeManaJenn. She shared this cool photo she took over the weekend of New...
05/20/2020

This week’s #WildlifeWednesday is thanks to #RefugeManaJenn. She shared this cool photo she took over the weekend of New Mexico’s State Butterfly. Do you know what it is? The Sandia Hairstreak!

This tiny butterfly, just over an inch big, is most likely to be found on dry hillsides with Beargrass (Nolina species). They can be common in spring and into early summer. The caterpillars feed on Beargrass, Agave and Yucca plants and can be a variety of colors from pink to red or even green. Speaking of colors, while the topside of the Sandia Hairstreak’s wings is a brown or reddish brown, the underside is a beautiful golden and green with a white and black border. This tiny butterfly is a flying jewel!
Until next week, Take care, #ConstructionKate

Photo Credit: Jennifer Owen-White/USFWS
https://www.sos.state.nm.us/2019/06/27/state-butterfly/

Greetings everyone! My name is Charisa Bell AKA Cherry. I am a new Biological Technician Intern with U.S. Fish and Wildl...
05/18/2020

Greetings everyone!

My name is Charisa Bell AKA Cherry. I am a new Biological Technician Intern with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at Valle de Oro NWR. I help with the invasive and non-invasive species on the refuge, grounds keeping, habitat restoration, and irrigation projects on the refuge. But due to COVID-19, I have not been able to start on the refuge just yet. I am excited to start my new journey back at the refuge. Previously, I have worked with Rocky Mountain Youth Corps at Valle de Oro as an AmeriCorps Conservation Crew Member #Crew7. My crew had many adventures in Cedro creek of the Sandia Mountains during our season. Here, I have a picture of a Crinoid stem fossil embedded in a sediment rock. This specific crinoid stem was about the size of a pepperoni in diameter! We also met many creatures along the way, such as, the Great Plain Skinks (Plestiodon obsoletus) and, most likely, an Eastern Side Botched Lizard (Uta stansburiana stejnegeri) (as seen below). They are super cool to see and respect them in their natural environments. These are just a few among many other animals and fossils seen during my Fall season with #RMYC. And I hope to see more interesting animals on the refuge this coming season! (feel free to comment on the picture if you have any thoughts on the image of the lizard) That is my #MeOnMonday, and my hashtag is #BeeeCherry!

Welcome to #SanctuarySunday! Studies show that even small green spaces in urban areas, such as Albuquerque, provide enor...
05/17/2020
The Healing Power of Green Spaces - Urban Planning and Design - architecture and design

Welcome to #SanctuarySunday! Studies show that even small green spaces in urban areas, such as Albuquerque, provide enormous benefit to human health and wellbeing. Check the article below for more on this. Even better, add native plants to your gardens and benefit all the region's inhabitants, including a diversity of wildlife species! #BackyardAni #ABQBackyardRefuge

Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice Entrance garden. Image © Gensler & Luxigo...

05/16/2020
Valle de Oro NWR Transformation Tour May 2020

We had hoped to have an on site tour of the visitor center construction today but instead we hope you will appreciate this video from Refuge Manager Jennifer featuring a time lapse of the building construction.

Happy #FWSFriday! Did you know that May is #AmericanWetlandsMonth? We are doing our part to bring these important habita...
05/15/2020

Happy #FWSFriday! Did you know that May is #AmericanWetlandsMonth? We are doing our part to bring these important habitats back to Valle de Oro and refuges across the country support and manage wetlands. Did you know that more than half of all species protected by the Endangered Species Act rely on wetlands! Find out more about wetlands and the US Fish and Wildlife Service here: https://go.usa.gov/xv6wG

It's #AmericanWetlandsMonth! More than half of all species protected by the Endangered Species Act rely on wetlands, including the American crocodile. #WetlandsWednesday #WetlandsMonth2020
https://go.usa.gov/xv6wG
Photo by Glenn Gardner/NPS

Welcome to this week’s #TransformationThursday, your weekly opportunity to learn about all the exciting projects happeni...
05/15/2020

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.

Today's update is about big changes in the Visitor Center construction.

First off, check out the progress on the bus drop off area of our parking lot. This area will be for school bus loading and unloading for field trips and hopefully for city bus connections in the future. We can't wait to welcome all of the students to the refuge!

Secondly, so much is happening with the structure of the visitor center this week. Walls are up in the administrative office area and the environmental education classroom and exterior sheeting is starting to go up. Roofing (including skylights) are next!

Finally, some of you may be aware that we had planned out first Transformation Tour for this weekend where we would have taken visitors on a first hand tour of the construction sites (hard hats and all). We hope to get back to these tours later this year but since we can't be in large groups right now we are going to try and share some fun videos with you on our page. Check out our page on Saturday to see what we share.
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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.

Stop the spread- wear a mask!

This week, Governor Michelle Lujan-Grisham announced that starting Saturday everyone will be required to wear a mask when in public spaces whether inside or outdoors (except when eating, drinking or exercising).

If you don't have a mask and would like help getting one, you can fill out this form on the State Department of Health website: https://www.emailmeform.com/builder/form/97frS9fahq292waAbVbl0B

If you want to know more about masks- like the best way to wear them, when and how to clean them, how to make your own, and more- check out the CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html
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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 and remember the social distancing guidelines).

#RefugeManaJenn

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    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.