Return of the Sandhill Cranes Festival
The annual Return of the Sandhill Cranes celebration is back on November 16 and 17, 2013, offering plenty of free fun, including Tai Chi. (You do it with the cranes, although who knows if the cranes will join in?)
Albuquerque’s Return of the Sandhill Crane Celebration this weekend at the Open Space Visitor Center gets us all in a flap on Saturday and Sunday November 16 – 17. It’s a great opportunity to join with others to see the sandhill cranes traveling south for the winter. Whenever I see the large flocks of cranes migrating along the Rio Grande Valley I’m awed by their beauty and grace. I often want to fly away with them but I haven’t got the hang of that bit yet.
The free family event is not just about birdwatching through the viewing scopes, however. The line up includes:
- A guided Bosque bird walk (8:30 am on Saturday) plus a couple of fly-in and fly-out walks
- Tai Chi with the cranes at 9 am on both days
- Silk painting demonstration at 11 am on Saturday
- A tin punch workshop at 11:30 am on Saturday
- Two performances of the musical Love in the Bosque by Phil Bock, about a romance between cranes who pass through Albuquerque along the Rio Grande. (Cute! The performances are on Saturday at 1:30 and 3 pm.)
- See Wildlife Rescue birds from 10 am – 2 pm on Sunday (I always love that!)
- The Albuquerque Origami Society – they usually get everyone making origami cranes
- Films including Waking Up Crane and Stories of Wolves
- Children’s games and crafts, and solar scopes for everyone!
See the full Return of the Sandhill Crane Celebration 2013 schedule as some events only happen once. And check the times for anything you especially want to do, as all events are subject to change.
Albuquerque Open Space Visitor Center is located at 6500 Coors Boulevard NW. (East of Coors at the end of Bosque Meadows Road, between Montano Boulevard and Paseo del Norte.)