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Mar 22, 2017 - Part 2, Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, New Mexico

We have been here for five weeks now, and the transition from winter to spring has been quite striking. When we first arrived on February 15, there were quite a few Sandhill Cranes and white geese (Snow and Ross’s) still on the refuge. They have all left now, much to the dismay of some visitors who hoped to see them. We still occasionally see smaller flocks from further south fly over or even stop for a brief rest, but mostly these large migratory birds are on their way north. Several Tundra Swans graced the ponds for a week or two after we...

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Feb 17, 2017 - Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge

The cold and snow continued for the entire time we were in Bend, Oregon. Our first night there it snowed six or eight inches. During the next week, approximately five or six inches of new snow fell on top of that. The service staff of Beaver Coach Sales and Service, however, greeted us warmly and went right to work on our motorhome. We had a really long list of picky stuff to fix so were pleased when the mechanic reported that he had completed everything except finding and fixing the water leaks. Well, he found major leaks in the sidewall...

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Jan 10, 2016 - Part 3 - Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge (NWR), New Mexico

After all the excitement of the Festival of the Cranes and Thanksgiving, the first three weeks of December seemed pretty dull. Our “special” birds – sandhill cranes and “light” (snow and Ross’s) geese – are late coming and spread throughout the Rio Grande Valley because of strange weather patterns and unusual food availability. Visitation at the Refuge has been quite low as well, with everybody fixating on doing their Christmas shopping instead of searching for scarce birds, so days in the Visitor Center went by slowly. We did see some...

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Nov 7, 2015 - Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, New Mexico

Most of us know that the Rio Grande serves as the border between the U.S. and Mexico along the southern border of Texas. There is much more to the Rio Grande than that, though. It rises in the San Juan Mountains of southern Colorado on the eastern side of the Continental Divide. It flows south into New Mexico, through Albuquerque and Las Cruces, forms the border between New Mexico and Texas for a short distance, flows between El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, and curves easterly in the area of Big Bend National Park. It...

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2015-Adventures

Feb 12, 2009 - Bosque del Apache

37 degrees this morning with cloud cover, no sunrise shoots of the sandhill or snow guess this morning. Did have several flights of snow guess fly through the moon, made for a very nice background. In the afternoon we drove about 70 miles to the Very Large Array (VLA) Radio Telescope. The VLA consists of 27, 82 foot dish antennas, each weighing 230 tons. These antennas were featured in Jodie Foster’s movie “Contact”. They are arranged on a Y track each leg being 13 miles long. We took a 35 mile gravel back road across the NM high desert to...

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Feb 11, 2009 - Bosque del Apache

We awoke to 20 degrees this morning and clear skies. At sunrise we were at a pond which had several hundred sandhill cranes waiting for sunrise and their first flight of the day. The sunrise provided a very nice illumination of the cranes first flight of the day all with a background of a full moon. Later in the day we watched thousands of snow geese feed and raft up on a pond. It is a mystery on what cues the geese to in mass take flight circle the pond and in mass return to the pond. I was in a great spot to capture this phenomenon in a...

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Feb 10, 2009 - Bosque del Apache

Awoke to snow and wind, we left the camp ground at 10:00 and visited the Rio Grande Zoo in Albuquerque. Left the zoo at 3:00 PM and headed south to Bosque del Apache Wildlife Management Refuge. We watched the evening flights of thousands of sandhill cranes and snow geese returning to the refuge for the evening. Sunrise is at 6:58AM, we hope to be able to watch the morning flights of the sandhill cranes and snow geese.

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