Corrales Bosque

Corrales Bosque

Important Bird Area Corrales, New Mexico 87048

Official Website
Corrales Bosque Preserve webpage
Corrales Bosque Preserve brochure

Birds of Interest

Birds breeding in mature stands of cottonwood include Black-chinned Hummingbird, Yellow-breasted Chat, Spotted Towhee, Bewick’s Wren, Blue Grosbeak, Black-headed Grosbeak, and Lesser Goldfinch. In winter, Canada Goose, Sandhill Crane, and American Crow occur in high numbers in ponds, wetlands, and the river channel.

About this Location

The Corrales Bosque Preserve consists of a narrow strip of land containing a natural cottonwood forest and associated riparian habitats that include shrubs such as coyote willow and New Mexico olive. The Preserve runs west from the Rio Grande to 1) north of Coroval Road, the west side of the Sandoval lateral irrigation ditch, and 2) south of Coroval Road, the west side of the Corrales Riverside Drain (“clear ditch”). Additional boundaries of the Preserve are south at the Alameda Bridge and north at Siphon Road.

In 1978 the Corrales Bosque Preserve was declared a protected area. The Village of Corrales oversees the Preserve to maintain it as a Natural Area and Wildlife Preserve.

Riparian habitats are particularly important for avian communities in the arid Southwest. As such, the Preserve was designated as an Important Bird Area (IBA) in 2013. Many bird species nest in this area and the endangered Southwestern Willow Flycatcher and the Western Yellow-billed Cuckoo, a species of conservation concern, have been observed in the bosque habitats. The Preserve is also an important stopover habitat for many migrants that pass through on their ways south and north, and it provides habitat for wintering Bald Eagles.

Corrales Bosque Important Bird Area is located on the west side of the Rio Grande within the limits of the Village of Corrales. Corrales Bosque Preserve is a narrow strip of relatively natural riparian habitat bounded by the Corrales Siphon on the north, the Alameda Boulevard bridge on the south, the western low water line of the Rio Grande on the east, and on the west by the Sandoval Lateral Canal and the Corrales Riverside Drain. The Corrales Riverside Drain (known as the Clear Ditch) runs the entire length of the Preserve.

Parking is available at the south end (Alameda bridge) and north end (Siphon Road). Limited parking is available at Romero Road. Be courteous to residents and do not block gates and driveways, and do not block access points for the Fire and Police Departments.

Content from Official Website and Corrales Bosque Preserve webpage