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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Welcome to this week’s #TransformationThursday, your weekly opportunity to learn about all the exciting projects happeni...
02/19/2021

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 have been telling you all about the visitor center construction, now its time to see it- virtually that is. Join us this Saturday from noon-12:30pm on our page for a live virtual tour of the visitor center. We are excited to share the building with you so you can see what we have been working so hard on!

As you may have heard, masks are required on federal public lands like National Wildlife Refuges. Here's are some fun reminders of this policy. Thanks to all of our visitors being safe when visiting 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.

As we have been facing lots of cold weather, its a good time for a reminder about safely heating your home and using portable heaters.
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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

Hi folx,Join refuge staff Saturday February 20th 12 pm to 12:30 pm for a virtual Facebook Live tour of Valle de Oro NWR'...
02/18/2021

Hi folx,

Join refuge staff Saturday February 20th 12 pm to 12:30 pm for a virtual Facebook Live tour of Valle de Oro NWR's new visitor center. Excited to see you (virtually) there!

#valledeoronwr #missT

Good Morning and welcome to another #WildlifeWednesday.  Did you know that birds and many other animals with backbones h...
02/17/2021

Good Morning and welcome to another #WildlifeWednesday. Did you know that birds and many other animals with backbones have a 3rd eyelid? The nictitating membrane is a thin, semi-clear fold of skin that sweeps sideways across the eye. It can moisten and clean the eye as well as protect it, almost like a pair of birdie googles.
https://www.audubon.org/news/birds-have-built-goggles

Stay warm and safe out there. Until next week, take care, #constructionkate

Good morning! It is snowy and blowy on the Refuge this morning.  Use caution if you head over for a visit.  Thanks to AM...
02/16/2021

Good morning! It is snowy and blowy on the Refuge this morning. Use caution if you head over for a visit. Thanks to AMAFCA for the great Arroyo Cam views. https://amafca.org/amafca-arroyo-cam/

#constructionkate

Hello all, February marks #BlackHistoryMonth. Today we reflect on Black History in New Mexico with the mystery of Mustaf...
02/12/2021

Hello all,

February marks #BlackHistoryMonth. Today we reflect on Black History in New Mexico with the mystery of Mustafa Azemmori also known as Esteban De Dorantes-the first African descent man to step foot in the New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona territory in 1527.

Esteban was an enslaved by Andres Dorantes de Carranza, who sailed from Spain to America. Over 8 years, Esteban was kept in captivity by the explorers and he became a skilled interpreter among many of the indigenous tribes in the southwestern region. These explorers and Esteban were warned not to go to the Cibola region, yet they persisted to venture and were met with resistance. As the guides and explorer fled, Esteban did not follow. Till this day there are no record of his remains, it is still a mystery if Esteban escaped, or if he met his demise.

Feel free to read more at: https://www.nps.gov/coro/learn/historyculture/esteban-de-dorantes.htm

Graphic art credit: José Cisneros, http://www.southwestcrossroads.org

#BlackHistory #ValleDeOroNWR #BeeeCherry

Welcome to this week’s #TransformationThursday, your weekly opportunity to learn about all the exciting projects happeni...
02/12/2021

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 have some exciting photos to share from the installation of some of the exhibits in the new visitor center. Our exhibit design firm Ideum is doing an incredible job!

Our friends at Rocky Mountain Youth Corps have a couple of jobs open in their Middle Rio Grande office (located at Valle de Oro). They are recruiting crew members for the upcoming season and just announced a job opening for a logistics coordinator and field trainer. Learn more about these jobs here: https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/default/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=a01c3d71-4d0d-46a0-8a8f-3d500fa70bbe&ccId=19000101_000001&lang=en_US

And before we go, check out this gorgeous picture of the visitor center set against the sunset earlier this week. Thanks to our maintenance worker Joe for this great shot!

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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.

Winter weather is on its way again and a good time to remind ourselves of how to be safe and prepared for a winter storm.
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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).

Welcome to another #wildlifewednesday.  Today we are talking about feathers, but not just the feathers you normally see,...
02/10/2021

Welcome to another #wildlifewednesday. Today we are talking about feathers, but not just the feathers you normally see, the base of the feather. Some birds have feathers that are white at the base – like the Cooper’s Hawk. Greater Roadrunners have darker colors on the inside of their feathers. On chilly mornings here in Albuquerque, roadrunners can often be seen showing the dark base of their feathers. They sit in a sunny spot and gather warmth from the sun's rays. Have you seen this?
The USFWS has a neat website that shows off feathers and has a tool to help identify feathers you find. https://www.fws.gov/lab/featheratlas/idtool.php

Until next week, take care #ConstructionKate

Welcome to this week’s #TransformationThursday, your weekly opportunity to learn about all the exciting projects happeni...
02/05/2021

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.

The work to install the new water line underneath 2nd Street as part of our visitor center construction has successfully continued this week and is almost done. The pipe installation should be complete this week and the County will hopefully be out next week to repave the road. Thank you to all of our neighbors who have been driving slowly and carefully through the construction zone.

Our Friends of Valle de Oro have just released an online annual report. If you want to know what the non-profit support group from the Refuge has been up to this past year, check it out! https://one.bidpal.net/fvdoannualreport2020/custom/custom8

Finally today, the winners of our 2020 Valle de Oro Photo Contest have been announced! Today we are featuring the Grand Prize winner, a photo of a coyote by Kerstin Winters. If you want to check out all the winners you can see them here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/usfws_southwest/albums/72157718134281121 When the Visitor Center opens, these photos will be one of our first changing exhibit features. We can't wait!

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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.
The City of Albuquerque has launched a Bilingual, Opt-In Emergency Health Alert Notifications.

Residents can opt in via text message to receive free real time emergency health alerts
The City of Albuquerque’s Environmental Health Department is launching a new notification software to deliver real time health alerts to users who opt-in to receive the information. Text alerts are convenient and equitable, expanding access to urgent health information to more residents.

Community members can text “ABQHEALTH” to the number 226787 to opt into the English language list, or “ABQSALUD” to opt into the Spanish language list from any mobile phone. You will immediately receive a welcome message as well as instructions to Start or Stop message at any time. The service is free for those who enroll.

The text opt-in lists are intended for general health alerts that may affect the entire community, at a high priority level. Residents can sign up for updates on topics including:

High levels of air pollutants, including smoke, blowing dust, and ozone;
Food safety recalls or alerts;
Hazardous material discharges; and
Important infectious disease developments.
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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).

Happy National Transit Equity Day! Today marks the 106th anniversary of Rosa Parks' birthday and celebrates her legacy a...
02/04/2021
City waiving bus fares on National Transit Equity Day

Happy National Transit Equity Day!

Today marks the 106th anniversary of Rosa Parks' birthday and celebrates her legacy and pivotal role in the fight for equitable public transit, a struggle still disproportionately effecting people of color and low-income communities.

Today in Albuquerque, all ABQ Ride buses and sun vans will be free to ride all day. Click on the link below for more information on

#TransitEquityDay here in Albuquerque!

https://www.krqe.com/news/albuquerque-metro/city-waiving-bus-fares-on-national-transit-equity-day/

City waiving bus fares on National Transit Equity Day
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The City of Albuquerque is waiving bus fares in honor of Rosa Parks’ birthday. Parks’ birthday is Thursday and in honor of her legacy, all fares for ABQ …

Good morning and happy #WildlifeWednesday.  For the next 4 weeks, we will share some neat bird features of this stunning...
02/03/2021

Good morning and happy #WildlifeWednesday. For the next 4 weeks, we will share some neat bird features of this stunning Cooper’s Hawk. Cooper’s Hawks are one of the three species of Accipiter or bird-eating hawks. They are just one of many bird species where it takes a couple years for the adult feather pattern and eye color to form. The three Accipiter species, Sharp-shinned, Cooper’s, and Goshawk, all hatch with grey eyes which eventually turn from yellow to orange and to red as an adult. Did you know a Bald Eagle doesn’t have it's namesake white head or tail until 4 or 5 years old?

Check out some photos on eye color change here: https://hawkwatch.org/blog/item/864-eye-color-in-raptors
Until next week, take care, #ConstructionKate

Happy first of the month! Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge wishes you a fantastic February. This month we will be m...
02/01/2021

Happy first of the month! Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge wishes you a fantastic February. This month we will be mowing parts of the refuge to help manage invasive plant species. Please see the map and flyer below for details.

Welcome to this week’s #TransformationThursday, your weekly opportunity to learn about all the exciting projects happeni...
01/29/2021

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 want to start this week with an announcement of our upcoming special events this winter. Our Friends of Valle de Oro NWR Annual Membership meeting is this weekend. In March we have some exciting virtual programs with our partners at the Albuquerque Astronomical Society. There's also a virtual tour of the Visitor Center so you can see all that we have been talking about here. We hope you can join us for these fun programs, they are great for the entire family and you can participate from the comfort of your home.

As we mentioned last week, as part of our Visitor Center construction we are installing a new water line. Part of our agreement with the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority is that we need to extend the new line down to the south end of our property. The work to install the water line underneath 2nd Street started this week. If you live south of the refuge you will notice the road surface has temporarily changed and there are crews out working on the water line. After the new water line is installed, the county will come pave the road and we will have a nice new road!

We've been sharing job opportunities each week and this week is no different. We are excited to announce we are recruiting to fill a Visitor Service and Education Individual Placement. This position is through our partners at the Ancestral Lands program. The Ancestral Lands Conservation Corps and Individual Placements are specifically designed to engage Native American and Indigenous youth and young adults. You can learn more about Ancestral Lands here: https://ancestrallands.org/about

And find out more about and apply for the position here: https://sccorps-openhire.silkroad.com/epostings/index.cfm?fuseaction=app.jobinfo&jobid=2472&source=ONLINE&JobOwner=992328&company_id=16984&version=1&byBusinessUnit=11&bycountry=0&bystate=0&byRegion=&bylocation=NULL&keywords=Valle%20De%20Oro&byCat=NULL&proximityCountry=&postalCode=&radiusDistance=&isKilometers=&tosearch=yes&city=

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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.

We have had some winter weather recently and possibly more on the way. Its a good time for a reminder about winter weather safety.
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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).

Hello all, Happy Thursday! Valle de Oro's quarterly calendar is now out. The quarter all events are virtual to follow cu...
01/28/2021

Hello all,

Happy Thursday! Valle de Oro's quarterly calendar is now out. The quarter all events are virtual to follow current health codes. Hope to see you, virtually, at the Friend's annual meeting, refuge tour and star party!

Welcome to another #WildlifeWednesday and welcome snow!  Monday night our local mountains received 6 inches of much need...
01/27/2021

Welcome to another #WildlifeWednesday and welcome snow! Monday night our local mountains received 6 inches of much needed snow. This snow is incredibly important for our local watershed. Plus, it can help with winter wildlife viewing and tracking. Did you notice any wildlife or signs of animals after the snow?

Until next week, Take Care #ConstructionKate

Welcome to this week’s #TransformationThursday, your weekly opportunity to learn about all the exciting projects happeni...
01/22/2021

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.

In development of the Valle de Oro NWR Visitor Center this week, the continuation of the entry road, parking lot and bus drop off are finally coming together. They have been smoothed and graded correctly, just waiting to be paved. We worked to limit as much impervious surfaces as we could and the parking lot itself is designed so that water will move into landscaping features throughout the area, putting rainwater to use supporting native plants.

In news important to our neighbors to the south, our contractors working with Bernalillo County will be installing the water line south of our new visitor center entrance next week. The project will start next Tuesday. On Wednesday, the construction crews will scarify the road by tearing up the asphalt, grinding it up to make it like gravel and will put it back down to temporarily make the road a gravel road. The construction crews will scarify the whole length of the road from the new visitor center entrance road to Salida Sandia and then begin the trenching and waterline installation. The work will be continuously inspected by the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority. Expected timeline for this portion is 2 to 3 weeks and then the county will come in and repave the road. We are hoping this can all happen relatively quickly to minimize any inconvenience to our neighbors.

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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.

We talk a lot about being prepared. Here's an easy 12 step checklist to help you be prepared for an emergency.
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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).

Address

7851 2nd St SW
Albuquerque, NM
87105

General information

Like us on instagram! @valledeoronwr The Refuge is open daily from one hour before sunrise until one hour after sunset. The Welcome Center is open 8:30-4 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, and 8:30 to noon on Thursday and Saturday.

Opening Hours

Monday 06:00 - 18:00
Tuesday 06:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 06:00 - 18:00
Thursday 06:00 - 18:00
Friday 06:00 - 18:00
Saturday 06:00 - 18:00
Sunday 06:00 - 18:00

Telephone

(505) 248-6667

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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!!