|Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge|
This important refuge is home to 320 species of birds and a great diversity of mammals, reptiles, and amphibians. Chihuahuan Desert uplands, marshes, small lakes, constructed waterways, and agricultural land are bordered by ancient cottonwoods, most often in bosques, or riverside woods. At the ...
|Description: As the name implies, Mescalero Sands is comprised of sand soils and dunes, with bluestem grasses and shinnery oak as the main vegetation. A large portion of Mescalero Sands is within the Bureau of Land Management Caprock Wildlife Habitat Area. This site offers the possibility of viewing the courtship ritual of the lesser prairie chicken, although population numbers are currently low for this species. Vehicle access to the area is limited to caliche-surfaced roads through the undulating and sandy terrain.|
Wildlife to Watch: Prairie chicken dancing on leks occurs from early March through mid-May, with peak activity in April. Male birds begin their courtship about one-half hour before sunrise and may continue for up to two hours, depending on weather conditions and disturbances.
Also watch for pronghorn, mule deer, and coyote, as well as Northern harrier, burrowing owl, Swainson’s hawk, horned lark, meadowlark, and several migrating species including the scissor-tailed flycatcher. The prairie rattlesnake is also common here.
Special Tips: It is advised that the Bureau of Land Management Roswell Field Office be contracted prior to visitation for in-depth information on potential success for observing birds, vehicle access, methods of viewing, and specific sites to visit.
Ownership: Bureau of Land Management ; New Mexico State Land Office; and some private parcels.
Closest Town: Roswell
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