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Sandhill Cranes Return

The Sandhill cranes are back!

We at the Open Space Division are excited to have received the first reports that the annual migration of the Sandhill Crane to New Mexico has begun.  People have written us several emails saying that they've seen Sandhills both near the Open Space Visitor Center, and in the South Valley. 

Soon, we'll be officially welcoming the arrival of the cranes with the Open Space Visitor Center's Return of the Cranes Celebration, taking place on November 16th and 17th.  

We hope you can join us for this exciting event with activities for the whole family, including:


Book of Cranes Exhibit

Waking Up Crane film

Web of Life Foundation 


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

10:00 AM:  Cranes for Kids, Wendy Brown, USFW

11:30 AM:   Tin Punch Workshop

12:00 PM:  Stories of Wolves, Web of Life Foundation

   1:30 PM:  Love in the Bosque, a musical

   3:00 PM:  Love in the Bosque, musical 

SUNDAY, 17th:

  7:00 AM:  Crane Fly-In at Los Poblanos Fields, Wendy Brown, USFW

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

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

11:30 AM: Book of Cranes (background, poetry reading, calligraphy cranes)

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

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