Two new national wildlife refuges have been dedicated in New Mexico, bringing the total number of refuges in the country to 560. According to a press release from the U.S. Department of the Interior, the newest refuges are the Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge near downtown Albuquerque and the Rio Mora National Wildlife Refuge and Conservation Area. Together, the two properties preserve more than 4,500 acres for birds and wildlife, including the greater roadrunner, the state bird of New Mexico.
Do you enjoy birding on refuge properties? Share your experiences in the comments, or visit these other western refuges for some amazing birding opportunities!
- Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge - Texas
- Stillwater National Wildlife Refuge - Nevada
- Fish Springs National Wildlife Refuge - Utah
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