From the Friends of the Bosque website; (In 2008, the refuge)...installed solar powered water heaters in 2 of its residences and at the Volunteer Lounge. In addition, a 6 kilowatt solar system was installed at the Fire Shop and a 12 kilowatt system on the Farm Shop building. The Refuge hopes that with the new solar system in place it will not only save tax payer money in the long run, but further the Refuge's commitment for promoting a "greener" approach to management of its facilities and create a healthier environment for us all.
In 2008, a 10-15 million-year-old oreodont fossil was discovered here. Read more about it.
An American coot (a Winter visitor to Louisiana,) and my first sighting of a Northern shoveler. His mate wasn't far away.
A pair of blue-winged teals (another Winter visitor to Louisiana,) and a cliff swallow.
Female house finch (thanks to Larry for the ID!)
A bull snake, probably about 4' long. His eyes were pretty milky, so he may have been preparing to shed his skin. Bull snakes are among the largest in the U.S., often growing more than 8' in length. I couldn't resist, and pet along the length of this one's tail before he slithered off into the underbrush. "Daily Nature Photo" on The Nature Conservancy's website, Jun. 30, 2011.
My first sighting of a white-winged dove.
These cacti looked like they were being robbed.
My first sighting of a Wilson's warbler. I didn't see the bee in that shot until I downloaded it on returning home.
More from Bosque del Apache NWR in my next post.