Festival of the Cranes in Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge 15-20 November

Real Estate Agent with Carol Babington Associates

    The sandhill cranes are headed our way...to Socorro, New Mexico to enjoy our weather. Who wouldn't want to get out of the snow and cold? It is the 24th annual Festival of the Cranes to celebrate the annual migration of the sandhill crane.  One of my passions is birding, especially when it is a party. The event lasts a week with workshops, lectures, hikes, hands-on-activities, a photography contest, and general fun.    

         Our favorite activity  is the dawn or dusk hike to the water where the cranes and others are camping. As the dawn breaks, the cranes start to rustle one by one. The first small cranes to take flight  are few in number. Then, as the noise wakes the rest, the flapping of wings and honking reach a crescendo like a symphony. The breaking light is filled with silohouettes.  They swope low overhead and take off by groups. The entire lift-off lasts about 15 minutes as they take their turns leaving. As  they fly away, there are groups of smaller birds off by themselves waiting for a chance to take flight.

        This display of nature is worth the wait in the dark...as we stood in our own human group, everyone remained silent in anticipation of this bird's beauty in flight.

     You may visit the Bosque del Apache Wildlife Refuge website for more information:




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Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
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Hi Carol, we have sandhill cranes here as well.  They sure are beautiful! 

Oct 11, 2011 03:39 AM #1
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
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Wow, what a lovely description.  I appreciate the way you are dedicated to watch the cranes!  We love watching the pelicans, the blue herons, the sandpipers and the seagulls on the beaches here.  Santa Barbara has a lovely bird refuge also.  You have inspired me to go on a birding expedition.  Welcome to Active Rain, and we wish you continued success in all your endeavors. A

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