Return of the Sandhill Crane Celebration

Welcome the Sandhill Cranes back to the Open Space Visitor center.


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Nov 06, 2021
09:00 AM - 02:30 PM


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


Welcome to the Return of the Sandhill Crane Festival

Sandhill Cranes made their appearance at the Open Space Visitor Center on October 2nd! Albeit an early arrival, they are a welcome site signaling that Fall is in the air. Join us in welcoming the Cranes. 

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Kundalini Yoga on the Patio

9:00am - 10:00am - on the Patio

About the instructor:
Margaret López is a KRI certified Kundalini yoga instructor, teaching since 2013. She has practiced Kundalini yoga since 2000, when she experienced ‘love at first class’. Margaret welcomes you to fully experience breath, movement and mantra with Kundalini yoga. Kundalini yoga, also known as the yoga of awareness, enhances circulation, stress reduction, strength, flexibility, and nervous system function.

image of the Rio Grande River



Presentation: El Rito Grande; Conserving a Once Mighty River

9:00am - 10:00am - In Meeting room
Presented by Paul Tashjian, Director of Freshwater Conservation, Audubon Southwest

“Rito” is the Spanish work for little river. The Rio Grande in Central NM is a very different river than it was historically. This presentation discusses ideas on how the Rio Grande functioned in its native state, how the Rio was altered for societal needs, how remnant ecosystem function remarkably remains today, and how a future “Rito Grande” might remain alive in the face of climate change and increased water shortages.

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About Paul Tashjian

Paul Tashjian is the Director of Freshwater Conservation for Audubon Southwest. Paul joined Audubon in March of 2018 to establish a comprehensive water and restoration strategy for the Rio Grande in New Mexico. At Audubon Paul has developed water market strategies for the Rio Grande, building on the work of his predecessor Beth Bardwell. He has expanded Audubon’s role in the Rio Grande through building capacity through federal and state grants, representation on federal water teams, and coordination with many partners from irrigation districts to other non-profit environmental organizations.

Tai Chi with the Sandhill Cranes 
Tai Chi with Sandhill Cranes

10:30am on the Patio

About the instructor
Sifu Dug Corpolongo of Lotus Dragon Tai Chi, NM - Sifu Dug is the Director of Lotus Dragon Authentic Chinese Tai Chi, Albuquerque, NM. He is a Senior Student and Adopted Disciple of Grandmaster Henry Look, studying Chinese Martial Arts since 1979 and teaching since 1990. He was inducted into the Universal Martial Arts Hall of Fame in 2002 for the development of the longest running free Seniors tai chi class in the country. Sifu Dug is certified as a Master Tai Chi Chuan and Qigong Instructor by the U.S. Martial Arts Association and is ranked as a senior judge and coach of Internal Martial Arts by several international Chinese Martial Arts organizations. Sifu Dug was on the National Executive Board of the United States AAU/Chinese Martial Arts Division from 1999 to 2010, including service as National Chairman, Vice Chairman and National Head Coach. He currently serves on the National Executive Board of the US Kuoshu Federation and is the current Chair of the I-Chuan Association of the United States. Faculty appointments have included: International Institute of Chinese Medicine, Southwest Acupuncture College, New Mexico Tech, San Juan Community College, New Mexico School of Natural Therapeutics, New England Institute of Buddhist Studies


Paint a Crane with Japanese Sumi Ink!

Sumi (Japanese ink) Painting Class
10:30am - 2:00pm - in Meeting Room
Presented by Lauris Phillips

There is a $10 material fee. To be paid to artist.

All Materials a provided. No experience necessary

Space is limited. Call (505)768-4950 to register

About your teacher:
Lauris Phillips has painted with Japanese Sumi (ink) for 15 years, and for 7 years she has studied sandhill cranes where they nest in the high
desert of northern California. This gives her art and her teaching a unique richness of information and experience. Lauris exhibited her Sumi
crane paintings at the Open Space Visitor Center during our Return of the Cranes Festival last year.

The workshop:
Students will begin by getting familiar with the traditional materials and philosophy of the Zen art of Sumi-e (ink painting). With inspiration from
Japanese Master Hokusai and working from photos supplied by Lauris, you will learn to capture the “essence of crane” in just a few strokes of
ink. During a lunch break, students will be able to observe the cranes in a field outside the classroom.

Maple Street Dance Studio

Crane Dance Duet on the Fly

Dance Performance
12:00pm - on Patio
Presented by Maple Street Dance Space

Based on Maple Street Dance Space's annual "Crane Dance", originally created for the Return of the Cranes Festival in 2017, and performed yearly with variations since then, collaborators Lauren V. Coons and Romy Keegan, of Maple Street Dance Space present "Crane Dance Duet On the Fly". 




Christine Vasquez