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Albuquerque Wildlife Federation is an all-volunteer non-profit organization focused on New Mexico's wildlife and habitat resources. Among AWF's dedicated and able volunteers are wildlife experts, public land stewards, sportsmen and hunters, and most especially, ordinary citizens committed to conservation of nature's wealth for personal fulfillment and for future generations.

Upcoming events (4+)

ONLINE Presentation from the National Cave & Karst Institute in Carlsbad, NM

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Topic: The Importance of Caves and Karst

This month we will learn about the important role that caves and karst play in our lives with a presentation from staff at the National Cave and Karst Research Institute (NCKRI), a nonprofit government-supported institute headquartered in Carlsbad, New Mexico. Almost 25% of America’s groundwater comes from karst regions, yet most Americans have never heard of karst. Caves contain valuable data related to global climate change, groundwater supply and contamination, biomedical research, and more.

Speaker Bio: Devra Heyer & Issam Bou Jaoude

Devra Heyer, Education Program Manager, spent 12 years as a teacher before going to work for the National Park Service. In her role as NCKRI’s Education Program Manager, Devra combines her love of science and exploration with her passion for education. In understanding the formation and history of a cave, you learn chemistry, physics, paleontology, biology, microbiology, geology and even archeology, while applying mathematics and deductive reasoning. Devra’s goal is to give the public context and relevance to karst, with relatable analogies, enticing visuals, and memorable experiences that further the understanding of the scientific processes and the fragility of this special environment.

Dr. Issam Bou Jaoude, Cave and Karst Specialist, earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Structural Geology at the American University of Beirut. After working and exploring the caves of the Middle East, he moved to Canada and completed his second Masters in Hydrogeology and his PhD at Queen’s University in Ontario. He returned to Lebanon, working, teaching, exploring caves, and studying karst, before eventually ending up at the National Cave and Karst Research Institute in Carlsbad, NM.

Plant trees at Valle de Oro Wildlife Refuge!

Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge

• What we'll do
AWF will kick off its 2023 ecological restoration volunteer project season with a local day project at the Valle de Oro Wildlife Refuge in the South Valley of Albuquerque.

We are pleased to be partnering with Rio Grande Return and Friends of Valle de Oro on this project. Activities will include planting tree seedlings and grass plugs and assisting with various other needs around the refuge. We look forward to having you join us!

• What to bring
GEAR: For this project, you will need gloves, hat, long sleeves, long pants, sturdy boots, and sunscreen. Bring layers as the day may start off cool and warm up towards lunch.

FOOD: Please bring snacks and plenty of water.

• Important to know
To RSVP, please email [masked], and please include a phone number or email contact information so we can update you if anything changes (e.g., weather cancellation). When you RSVP, we will send you directions to the campsite and more information about the project.

Directions to the site and further details about the project will be sent to you once you sign up.

Restore Riparian Habitat on Ft. Union Ranch, NM!

Fort Union Ranch

• What we'll do
Join AWF as we camp out in a beautiful location and help restore a riparian ecosystem on Ft. Union Ranch for birds, other wildlife, and watershed health!

THE LOCATION: This project will take place on the private Fort Union Ranch, in Mora County near Watrous New Mexico. Our restoration activities are part of a landscape-scale conservation effort that includes the nearby Rio Mora National Wildlife Refuge.

THE PROJECT: AWF volunteers will hand-build rock restoration structures designed by Bill Zeedyk to help hold water on the landscape and improve the habitat for riparian plants and the wildlife they support.

SCHEDULE: Friday, April 7 – Sunday, April 9

Volunteers can begin meeting at the campsite on Friday evening. On Saturday morning, AWF will provide coffee, breakfast burritos, and an orientation. We will work Saturday from about 8:30-4:00, and then enjoy a potluck dinner (AWF provides bison or veggie burgers). On Sunday, anyone who is able to stay will work for a few more hours, and we will finish up by noon.

Please note that volunteers do not need to be present for the entire weekend to participate. You are welcome to join us just for the work day Saturday, or camp for just one of the two nights.

• What to bring
GEAR: Bring everything you need for a weekend of camping. For the work day, don’t forget work gloves, hat, long sleeves, long pants, sturdy boots, and sunscreen. We recommend bringing a change of shoes, and waterproof boots or boots you don’t mind getting wet. Rain gear, warm clothes for the evenings and plenty of water are essential.

FOOD: AWF will provide breakfast burritos on Saturday morning and bison or veggie burgers as part of a potluck meal on Saturday evening. Please bring lots of water, your own food for Friday, and something for the potluck dinner on Saturday (side, salad, or dessert).

• Important to know
To RSVP, please email [masked], and please include a phone number or email contact information so we can update you if anything changes (e.g., weather cancellation).

When you RSVP, we will send you directions to the ranch and more information about the project, what to bring and what to expect.

Restore Habitat in Rio Mora National Wildlife Refuge!

Rio Mora National Wildlife Refuge

• What we'll do
Join AWF for a weekend restoration project at one of our favorite sites: the Rio Mora National Wildlife Refuge, near Las Vegas, NM!

THE LOCATION: This 4,200-acre refuge was formerly the Wind River Ranch, owned and managed by the Thaw Charitable Trust, which donated it to the public in 2012. The refuge aims to protect and restore riparian and grassland habitat for the benefit of species including long–billed curlew, loggerhead shrike, burrowing owl, mountain plover, Southwestern willow flycatcher, a number of aquatic species, and migratory grassland and woodland birds.

THE PROJECT: AWF volunteers will continue our work hand-building rock restoration structures to help hold water on the landscape and improve the habitat for the resident frogs, snakes, birds—and even beavers!

SCHEDULE: Friday, May 19 – Sunday, May 21

We will meet at the campsite on Friday evening. On Saturday morning, AWF will provide coffee, breakfast burritos, and an orientation. We will work Saturday from about 8:30-4:00, and then enjoy a potluck dinner (AWF provides bison or veggie burgers). On Sunday, anyone who is able to stay will work for a few more hours, and we will finish up by noon.

Please note that volunteers do not need to be present for the entire weekend to participate. You are welcome to join us just for the work day Saturday, or camp for just one of the two nights.

• What to bring
GEAR: Bring everything you need for a weekend of camping. For the work, don’t forget gloves, hat, long sleeves, long pants, sturdy boots, and sunscreen. Warm clothes for the evenings and plenty of water are essential.

FOOD: Please bring your own dinner for Friday, lunch for Saturday, and a dish to share for the Saturday evening potluck (side, salad, or dessert).

• Important to know
To RSVP, please email [masked], and please include a phone number or email contact information so we can update you if anything changes (e.g., weather cancellation). When you RSVP, we will send you directions to the campsite and more information about the project. Please note that access to the refuge is limited, so directions and further details about getting to the campsite will be sent to you once you sign up.

Past events (108)

Remove invasive weeds from the Albuquerque Bosque!

Rio Bravo Riverside Picnic Area