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Return of the Sandhill Crane Celebration

A family-friendly event offering an opportunity to view, appreciate, and learn about Sandhill cranes and other migrating birds.


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Nov 12, 2016
09:00 AM - 05:00 PM


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


Where: Open Space Visitor Center | 6500 Coors Blvd NW at the end of Bosque Meadows Rd. between Montaño and Paseo del Norte


The Open Space Visitor Center (OSVC) invites the citizens of Albuquerque to help us welcome the Sandhill cranes back to their winter habitat along the Middle Rio Grande river valley with this annual family-friendly event.  Twenty one acres of agricultural land are the backdrop of this unique facility that includes an art gallery, interpretive exhibits, and a wildlife preserve. This event features presentations, children's activities, viewing scopes, crafts, workshops, and more!  All programming will take place at the Open Space Visitor Center unless otherwise noted. Check for updates at


Craft with the Albuquerque Origami Society; Viewing Scopes │ Live birds and raptors on display with Wildlife Rescue;  Screenings of the films “The Messenger” and Elke Duerr’s Film “Oneness” in the media room; Sales of unique arts and crafts in the Open Space Alliance Gift Shop (from 11am-4pm).

*Schedule of Activities:

  • 9:00 AM:   Tai Chi with the Cranes, Sifu Dug Corpolongo
  • 10:00 AM:  Craneology 101, Jennifer Owen-White, Valle de Oro Refuge Manager
  • 10:30 and 12:30 Gallery tours/talks by artists with ArtNexus
  • 1pm -3pm: Interactive craftmaking with ArtNexus at the Ramada sculpture
  • 11:00am-12:00pm: Dan Collins, Sandhill Crane Ecology in the Middle Rio Grande Valley
  • 12:00pm: Native Flute musical performance by students from the Montessori Middle School
  • 12:30pm Musical performance by the Honors Choir of the Montessori Middle School
  • 1:00pm: A special screening of the film “The Messenger,” with a presentation about protecting songbird habitat, with the New Mexico Audubon Society
  • 1:00pm and 2:00pm: New Mexico Storytellers
  • 3:00 PM:  Auspicious Cranes: The Crane in Asian Cultures, Joelle Collier
  • 4:30pm: Guided Crane Fly-Out Walk at Los Poblanos Fields Open Space. Meet at main parking lot on Montaño, west of 4th St.


*Please note this schedule is subject change.


The Open Space Visitor Center is an interpretive hub for the Open Space program, lands, and resources.   Visitors enjoy educational exhibits, art displays, wildlife fields, a Traditions garden, Bosque trails, and a variety of talks, workshops, demonstrations and entertainment. 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