The wooded area along the river in Corrales is already protected as a preserve, but it’s earned a new designation inspired by its winged and feathered inhabitants.
The National Audubon Society has declared the entire 662-acre preserve on the west side of the river an “Important Bird Area.” The designation not only alerts bird enthusiasts of viewing opportunities, but emphasizes the importance of protecting it. The designation does not add extra restrictions. The site was nominated for designation by Corrales Bosque Advisory Commission member and local resident Janet Ruth.
More than 250 bird species have been found in the Corrales bosque, according to a society news release, and it’s an essential breeding, migrating and wintering habitat for birds. Ruth said the habitat is a mixture of trees, mostly cottonwoods, and some grasslands where the undergrowth has been cleared away.