Web Cam Monitor
and Kiosk

The visitor center will include a Web cam people can use to view wildlife at select sites throughout the refuge. Oasis cam is positioned to show the watering hole at the visitor’s center. Grebe cam is placed at the south end of the marsh loop. Marsh cam is situated for duck, crane and eagle viewing. Crane cam is located on the farm loop to view Sandhill Cranes. Mobile cam is used throughout to bring the hidden Bosque into view.

In addition, Pathways To Nature donated birdfeeders to the refuge and established a binocular-lending program.


$25,000 plus $25,000 in local matching funds.


Each autumn tens of thousands of Sandhill Cranes and Arctic geese and ducks make the refuge their winter home.

Fund Recipients

Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge

Socorro, NM - Project: Web Cam Monitor and Kiosk

Up Close and Personal
With Sandhill Cranes

At dawn on fall and winter mornings, the marsh at the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge is a busy place for birds and people. Despite the dark and the chill, hundreds of spectators may gather to witness the “lift-off” of Sandhill Cranes, Snow Geese and other waterfowl as they leave their wetland roost and fly to nearby fields to feed. It’s an awesome spectacle, but just one of the birding treats that await visitors to this popular Refuge.

Now, thanks to a $25,000 grant from the Wild Birds Unlimited Pathways To Nature Conservation Fund, visitors can enjoy birds and wildlife at Bosque in even more ways. Start your trip to Bosque at the visitor’s center, where you can check out the birding action on the monitor in the exhibit area, where remote cameras show you what’s happening in the marshes. In summer, it focuses on the myriad hummingbirds feeding around the Visitor Center.

Then, stroll to the overlook and learn about the cultural significance of cranes at the kiosk. The area offers a spectacular overview of the refuge, especially at sunrise.

Dawn to dusk, birding at Bosque is an unforgettable experience!

Be sure to visit for more information about the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge.

The Pathways To Nature Conservation Fund is a partnership between Wild Birds Unlimited stores and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to fund environmental education and wildlife viewing projects. We encourage all of our customers to visit these incredible places. Your patronage helped make these projects possible!