In early 2016, Bernalillo County brought their sheep mascot, Bernco Bernie, to life by introducing one ram and two ewes to call the Gutierrez-Hubbell House their home. BernCo Bernie is represented by the New Mexico heritage breed of sheep livestock, the New Mexico Dahl Sheep, which arrived in this region in 1540 with Francisco Vásquez de Coronado y Luján, eighty (80) years before the disembarkation of the Mayflower Pilgrims in 1620. Come visit the sheep exhibit to view this piece of “living history” just north of the museum. To learn more about the New Mexico Dahl Sheep, visit Terra Patre Farms’ website here. To watch the ribbon cutting of the NM Dahl Sheep exhibit on April 9, 2016 click here.
Shortly after the arrival of the sheep in March 2016, a lamb was born to one of the ewes. Here are a few pictures of the “new addition”: