From pine forest to desert scrub, from alpine meadow to riparian wetland, Sandoval County offers an appealing variety of wildlife habitat. Birders are likely to see more than two hundred species during a typical year of bird-watching.

The riparian habitat along the Rio Grande is a paradise of egrets, herons, pelicans, grebes, and unusual avian sightings like the bald eagle. The Jemez Mountains offer sightings of Dusky Grouse, Gray Jay, Clark’s Nutcracker, Mountain Chickadee, Pine Grosbeak, and Red Crossbill.

Central New Mexico Audubon Society

Corrales Bosque Reserve

Valles Caldera National Preserve

Bandelier National Monument