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Festival of the Cranes

December 1 - December 3


Join us for the Bosque del Apache Festival of the Cranes as we come together in celebration of the return of the Sandhill Cranes to their winter home. Rated among the top wildlife, birding, and photography events in North America, this nationally recognized festival offers over a hundred events in three days. Regardless of your birding or photography skill, the Festival of Cranes offers an extraordinary opportunity for premiere photography and birding classes, as well as guided tours and hikes with world-renowned photographers and expert birders. Whatever your interests, Festival of the Cranes has something for you.

Bosque del Apache NWR offers expansive vistas, exquisite light, enchanting bird songs, and the unique proximity of wildlife. Avid birders and photographers from around the world flock to the festival to view the spectacular sights of sandhill cranes and snow geese. While Bosque del Apache is known for sandhill cranes and snow geese, they are certainly not all you’ll see at the refuge. Come for the ducks, raptors (including bald eagles), iconic roadrunners, and much, much more!

Annual Photo Contest
We are excited to announce the opening of our 2022 Art Contest! The winning art piece will be the face of the festival and used to promote the event.  Friends of the Bosque del Apache are calling for sandhill crane artwork in any medium: paintings, digital, printmaking, mixed media, two or three-dimensional art, photography, as well as any other. Photographs can be unaltered originals or edited. Friends of Bosque del Apache also offer a free Expo booth or table during festival (possible COVID-19 restrictions allowing), where the featured artist of the year can sell their artwork, from postcards to originals. Please email your artwork to art@friendsofbosquedelapache.org.

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If you are not able to travel and join us for Festival of the Cranes, or if you want even more Festival content, join us for our virtual Crane Fiesta! Crane Fiesta will be November 18 – 19, 2022. We will bring the photography professionals and expert birders right into the comfort of your own home.


Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge
1001 Hwy 1
San Antonio, NM 87832 United States
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Friends of Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge
575-838-2120 Julie-Anna Blomquist
Cornell Lab of Ornithology

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