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Return of the Cranes Celebration

In Albuquerque in the fall we celebrate one of our most beautiful and cherished seasonal visitors, the Sandhill Crane.


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Nov 16, 2013 09:00 AM - Nov 17, 2013 05:00 PM


Open Space Visitor Center
6500 Coors Rd. NW
Albuquerque, NM 87120


One of the best places for watching the Sandhill Crane is the Open Space Visitor Center, which is located adjacent to farm fields managed by the Open Space Division as wildlife habitat. Since its official opening in 2006, the Visitor Center has become a haven for wildlife enthusiasts, as it allows for unique views of Sandhill Cranes and other bird species, with the spectacular backdrops of the Sandia Mountains and the Cottonwood forests of the Rio Grande.


On November 16th and 17th, join us and take part in FREE programs that honor the winter migratory season of this unique creature.

*Activities include:

All programming takes place at the Open Space Visitor Center unless otherwise noted.


Book of Cranes Exhibit

Silk Paintings Exhibit and Sales by Judith Roderick

Waking Up Crane film

Web of Life Foundation

Albuquerque Origami Society

Solar Scopes

Viewing Scopes


8:00 AM: Bosque Bird Walk, Judy Liddell & Barbara Hussey, authors of Birding Hot Spots in Central New Mexico

9:00 AM:   Tai Chi with the Cranes, Sifu Dug Corpolongo

10:00 AM:  Craneology 101, Jennifer Owen-White, Valle de Oro Refuge Manager

11:00 AM:  Silk Painting Demonstration, Judith Roderick, Artist

11:30 AM:   Tin Punch Workshop, Joshua Willis

12:00 PM:  Stories of Wolves, film by Web of Life Foundation founder, Elke Duerr

1:30 PM:  Love in the Bosque, a musical by Phil Bock

3:00 PM:  Love in the Bosque, a musical by Phil Bock

4:00 PM:  Fly-Out Walk at Los Poblanos Fields, Bill Pentler



7:00 AM:  Fly-In at Los Poblanos Fields, Dave Mehlman, The Nature Conservancy

9:00 AM: Tai Chi with the Cranes at Los Poblanos Fields, Sifu Dug Corpolongo

9:00 AM:  Yoga with the Cranes, $15

10:00 AM:  Crane Management in the Middle Rio Grande Valley, Kristin Madden, Wildlife Biologist, NMGF

10:00 AM – 2:00 PM: Birds on Display, Wildlife Rescue

11:30 AM: Book of Cranes, exhibit background, poetry reading, and calligraphy cranes

1:00 PM: Birds in the Pueblo World, Dr. Matt Schmader, Archaeologist

2:30 PM: The Two Roses, Bonnie Schmader (flute) & Donese Mayfield (harp)

*Schedule subject to change



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