Please join us at our last chapter meeting before summer break when Jo Ramundo will tell us about her incredible experiences as a volunteer at Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge with her talk entitled, Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge Through the Eyes of a Budding Naturalist.
The meeting will begin at 7:00 PM on Monday, May 13, 2019 in Rm 123 of the Gallagher Business Building on the University of Montana campus.
By Jo Ramundo:
Shortly after moving to Montana in 2014, I did volunteer work at Wild Skies Raptor Center in Potomac. This was the inspiration I needed to spark my desire to learn as much as I could about wildlife in general, but in particular about the wildlife in my new home. Six months later I moved to Hamilton and quickly connected with the Bitterroot Audubon and I was hooked! Excited about the wonders of the valley I decided to enroll in the Master Naturalist Program offered by the Montana Natural History Center in Missoula. This program gave me the confidence to apply as a volunteer at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico as an assistant ranger/ naturalist.
I am a student of nature and not an expert by any means, but I hope to impart some of the love I feel for this very special refuge. The presentation will introduce you to the Bosque del Apache Wildlife Refuge, including some of the birds and animals that live there, the Crane Festival, and a bit about the volunteer experience.
Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1939 to provide “a refuge and breeding grounds for migratory and other birds” and to develop wintering grounds for Greater and Lesser Sandhill Cranes, which were then endangered. Located in southern New Mexico between the Chupadera Mountains in the west and the San Pascual Mountains in the east, “The Bosque” comprises over 55,000 acres including flood plains, wetland, irrigated farmland, arid grasslands and mountain foothills. Today, this Refuge, managed by U.S Fish and Wildlife, attracts 398 different bird species including thousands of wintering cranes and geese, waterfowl, shorebirds, and birds of prey. “The Festival of the Cranes,” an annual event hosted by The Friends of Bosque, draws people from all over the world to view these spectacular birds up close and to attend a myriad of photography and educational workshops. This event is held in November, the week before Thanksgiving.