National Wildlife Refuges are great for wildlife‬ AND local economies!

A U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) case study estimates visitors to Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge bring about $7.4 million of outside money into Socorro County every year.

Near the refuge, the rural town of San Antonio has capitalized on the - first known  in the U.S. - Rufous-necked wood-rail’s (which hasn’t been spotted since last Thursday) sudden renown.

Zooila Armijo, owner of a Mexican restaurant called the San Antonio Crane, said her five-table eatery has been doing brisk business. Her one waitress has pulled in hundreds of dollars in tips each day…

(read more about the Wood Rail: Chicago Tribune)

(Photos by Mark Watson/NM Game and Fish)

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