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Sandhill Crane Festival at Albuquerque Open Space

Learn About the Bosque Wildlife


Sandhill Cranes
© Aileen O'Catherine

Every November, the Sandhill Crane Festival comes to the Albuquerque Open Space Visitor Center. With over 18 acres of agricultural fields that serve as a winter stopping ground for migratory birds, the sandhill cranes have a place to stay on their way to the Bosque del Apache and points further south.

The festival informs visitors about the wildlife and natural vegetation and cycles of the Rio Grande bosque. The Sandhill Crane Festival in Albuquerque is less well known than the Bosque del Apache Festival of Cranes, but an extremely worthwhile event to attend. Learn about the wildlife of the bosque as well as sandhill cranes.

The Sandhill Crane Festival celebrates cranes with events that include arts and crafts, art shows and music, nature talks and walks, and the chance to see the cranes through high powered binoculars. The art galleries at the center will feature works that reflect the beauty of the bosque and its inhabitants.

November 16 & 17, 2013
8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Some of the activities include a bosque bird walk, tai chi with the cranes, a tin punch workshop, films, art workshops and the chance to walk near the cranes.

Call 505-897-8831 for more information.

The festival is free of charge. Activities include viewing scopes, crafts, workshops, and activities for the kids. For 2013, a special exhibit, Book of Cranes, will be on display.

The Open Space Visitor Center is located at 6500 Coors Blvd. NW, between Montano and Paseo del Norte, at the end of Bosque Meadows Road.

See images from the Sandhill Crane Festival.

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