Festival of the Cranes 2018 – Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge
Come join us November 14 – 17 for our 31st Annual Festival of the Cranes!
The 2018 Festival of the Cranes will have over 140 events.
Online early registration for Friends members only will begin Tuesday at 9 a.m. (MDT) September 4th. Not a member but wish to register early? Become a member of Friends! Nonmember online registration will begin Wednesday at 9 a.m. (MDT) September 5th. The Registrar will begin entering snail-mailed registrations (both member and nonmember) in the order in which they were received at 1 p.m. (MDT) September 6th.
On Saturday November 17th come for free fun for children of all ages.
This year, while the Expo Tent will run Wednesday 14th through Saturday 17th, we will also have special pre and post Festival workshops that will get you exploring New Mexico. Our pre-Festival events on Tuesday, November 13th, include Antique Cars of Bosque with Nighttime Photography in San Antonio and VLA Nighttime Photography. Our post Festival events on Sunday, November 18th, are Albuquerque Birding Hot Spots and a special two day (Sunday night and Monday morning) White Sands National Monument Intensive. Please see our 2018 Festival of the Cranes brochure for more information on all our workshops and seminars.
Welcome to the 31st Festival of the Cranes!
“We have fallen heirs to the most glorious heritage a people ever received, and each one must do his part if we wish to show that the nation is worthy of its good fortune.” Theodore Roosevelt
As the cottonwoods turn gold in the bosque and the calls of the sandhill cranes once again echo across the marsh, we are reminded of the glorious wildlife heritage that President Roosevelt wrote about. Thanks to his foresight and the hard work of countless citizens, we get to revel in that heritage here in New Mexico at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge.
Many people have stepped up to make Bosque del Apache glorious. For over 25 years, the Friends of Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge have been committed to the refuge through advocacy, research support, funding and education. Thousands of volunteers, such as our cover artist Lynne Braden, have donated their precious time, labor, and dedication to preserve this place for future generations. The passionate service that these people bring to this great place and the hundreds of thousands of visitors who come to enjoy their national wildlife refuge illustrates that the American people are worthy of their good fortune.
The Festival of the Cranes is a great way to celebrate our glorious heritage and to appreciate the natural wonders that have been preserved for future generations. Come join our celebration of the return of the sandhill cranes along their ancient migration paths, see the awe-inspiring vistas, revel in the abundant wildlife, and enjoy the Festival and your national wildlife refuge!
-Kevin Cobble, Manager, Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge