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A celebration of the return of the sandhill cranes and the delicate oasis ecosystem that
supports them. This is an opportunity for people who care about the New Mexico environment and agriculture to
have fun outside, meet like-minded people, and learn about birding, and improve their photographic skills.

The sandhill crane is an ancient species of waterfowl. The oldest fossil on record is 1.7 million years old.
Sandhills migrate from Canada and the northern US to winter in the Rio Grande Valley. Both the sandhills and
snow geese from Canada begin arriving in smaller numbers at the refuge in late October, with numbers reaching
in the tens of thousands throughout the Rio Grande Flyway in late November/early December. Our winter
migrators usually head back north by Valentine’s Day in

What: 33rd Annual Festival of the Cranes

When: Wednesday, December 6 – Saturday, December 9

Where: Socorro, NM – Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge (outdoor workshops) and New Mexico
Tech (indoor seminars)

Cost: Varies, with some events and activities cost-free. See our catalog for detail.

Who’s Invited: EVERYONE! Come visit our fragile oasis in the high desert


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