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Published: 10/31/2011
CONTACT(s):
Jodi Hedderig; jhedderig@cabq.gov; (505) 897-8831

Return of the Sandhill Crane Celebration Weekend

Albuquerque, NM— The signal that marks the end of summer sounds a little like the blow of many trumpets high in the sky above us. It is the sound of Sandhill Cranes migrating to their wintering grounds in the Middle Rio Grande Valley and beyond. During the day, cranes find food in open fields, foraging for seeds, roots, bugs, worms, toads, and small rodents. At night, cranes roost on open, shallow sandbars in the Rio Grande. Not just a season for sandhill cranes, other species of wintering birds can be seen in the Albuquerque area as well.

On November 12 and 13, come to the Open Space Visitor Center and take part in programs that honor the winter migratory season during the Return of the Sandhill Crane Celebration. Programs will include:

SATURDAY
All Day: Make an Origami Crane, Albuquerque Origami Society
9:00 AM: Tai Chi with the Cranes
10:00 AM: Wildlife Rescue presents Water & Wildlife
11:00 AM: Wildlife Rescue birds on display
11:30 AM: Stories in Flight, storytelling with Susi Wolf
2:00 PM: Silk Paint Demonstration, Judith Roderick
3:00 PM: Flute and guitar music with Ethos

3:00 PM: Birds of New Mexico, exhibit opening for Paul Rodenhauser

SUNDAY
All Day: Make an Origami Crane, Albuquerque Origami Society
9:00 AM: Yoga with the Cranes
10:00 AM: Tin Punch Workshop for Families, registration required
1:00 PM: Love in the Bosque, a musical
2:00 PM: Silk Paint Demonstration, Judith Roderick
2:30 PM: Love in the Bosque, a musical

Please visit the Open Space Division website for program details and an updated schedule of events at www.cabq.gov/openspace. The Open Space Visitor Center is located at 6500 Coors Blvd. NW between Montaño Rd. and Paseo del Norte at the end of Bosque Meadows Rd. The Center is open Tuesday through Sunday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM and closed Mondays. Call 897-8831 for more information or visit www.cabq.gov/openspace/visitorcenter.html
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