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


This event has already happened.
Nov 11, 2017
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

When: Saturday, November 11th, 2017  | 9:00 am to  5:00 pm


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!  Check for updates at

*Scheduled activities include:

  • 9:00 AM:   Tai Chi with the Cranes with Sifu Dug Corpolongo
  • 10:00 AM:  Craneology 101 with Ariel Elliott, Valle del Oro Refuge Wildlife Biologist
  • 11:00am-Noon: Auspicious Cranes: The Crane in Asian Cultures, Joelle Collier, PhD
  • 12:00pm: Sandhill Crane Ecology with Dan Collins of the Fish and Wildlife Service
  • 1:00pm: A crane dance performance by the Maple Street Dance Space
  • 2:00 PM: The Crane Maiden and the Hunter and other Tales with Storyteller Bob Kanegis. The stories have returned along with the cranes in this family friendly program for adults and kids, featuring a Yakut tale from Siberia and a Yupik Eskimo tale from Alaska.
  • 3:00 pm: Dan Shaw: Citizen Science Success Stories
  • ONGOING, in the Open Space Gallery: A Celebration of Cranes, the Artwork of Caryl McHarney
  • 1:00pm-4:00pm: Crane origami craft table in the reception area.

Throughout the day there will also crafts for kids, and origami crane demonstrations, viewing scopes for up close views of cranes and other birds, live birds and raptors on display with Wildlife Rescue, and information booths with local conservation organizations.

*Please note: schedule is subject to change.

Check for a full description or call 897-8831 for more details.

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


Return of the Sandhill Crane Celebration

The cranes return!


Kent Swanson