OUTside Connection February 25, 2009

Cranes’ migration one of nature’s spectacles

A FLOCK OF SANDHILL CRANES forages in a wetlands at the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge south of Socorro, N.M. Cranes, snow geese and other waterfowl flock by the thousands each winter to the Bosque, which straddles the Rio Grande in southern New Mexico.

Birds of a feather …

OK, you didn’t read it here first, but until you’ve seen large (and I’m talking large) gatherings of birds you never quite grasp how true the old saw can be.

A midwinter float through Walter Walker State Wildlife Area (take your habitat stamp) may disrupt thousands of ducks and geese and a road trip to the Monte Vista and Bosque del Apache national wildlife refuges when the Sandhill cranes are passing through will leave you amazed.

Or you can save gas and meet some birdy new friends March 4 when the Colorado Mountain Club hosts local sharpshooter Steve Traudt for his delightful “Birds of Bosque” presentation.

WHO: Photographer Steve Traudt and the Western Slope Chapter of the Colorado Mountain Club

WHAT: Traudt’s “Birds of Bosque” presentation, featuring Sandhill cranes, snow geese and other feathered visitors to the Bosque del Apache NWR near Socorro, N.M.

WHEN: 7 p.m. March 4

WHERE: American National Bank, 131 Sixth St.


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