The signal that marks the end of summer sounds a little like the blow of many trumpets high in the sky above us. It is the sound of Sandhill Cranes migrating to their wintering grounds in the Middle Rio Grande Valley and beyond. Not just a season for Sandhill cranes, other species of wintering birds can be seen in the Albuquerque area as well. On November 15 & 16, come to the Open Space Visitor Center and take part in FREE programs that honor the winter migratory season during the Return of the Cranes Celebration.
Saturday, November 15
ONGOING: Hawks Aloft, Waking Up Crane film, Albuquerque Origami Society, Viewing Scopes
9:00 AM: Tai Chi with the Cranes, Sifu Dug Corpolongo
10:00 AM: Sandhill Cranes — Families and Friends, Wendy Brown, Wildlife Biologist
Both adults and children will enjoy Wendy’s talk, focused on the behavior and social structure of sandhill cranes. Learn to recognize different crane calls, understand why family is important to cranes, how they recognize and communicate with each other, where the cranes call “home”, and why they spend time with us in the fall and winter.
12:00 PM: Fur and Feather, Claw and Tooth, Worldwide Animal Tales with Storyteller Susi Wolf
1:30 PM: Hawks Aloft Show and Tell, Lizzie Davis
3:00 PM: Love in the Bosque, video showing by Phil Bock
4:00 PM: Fly-Out Walk at Los Poblanos Fields, Verne Huser & Bill Pentler
Sunday, November 16
ONGOING: Wildlife Rescue, Waking Up Crane film, Albuquerque Origami Society, Viewing Scopes
9:00 AM: Tai Chi with the Cranes at Los Poblanos Fields, Sifu Dug Corpolongo
9:00 AM: Yoga with the Cranes, $15
11:00 AM: Cranes and Other Waterbirds of the Rio Grande Valley, Kristin Madden, NMDGF & WRI
1:00 PM: GeoFlight, Steve Glass, OSA & Urban Conservation Treaty for Migratory Birds
2:00 PM: Cottonwood Quartet
9:00am – 11:30 am
In this class we will work with our chosen partner, spouse, child, or friend, to create monotypes – a popular contemporary printmaking process. Prints are made by drawing or painting on a lexann plate (a stronger version of plexi-glass) and then transferred onto a sheet of paper. Instructors: Alice Webb and Ruth Cohen, artists featured in the Luna Project’s REFLECT exhibit.
$15 per couple materials fee
2:00pm – 10:30pm
The Albuquerque Astronomical Society invites you to a Solar Telescopes and Star Party
2:00 PM to sundown: Solar telescopes
7:00 PM: “History and Origin of Meteor Showers” presentation in preparation for the famous Leonid meteor shower mid-November
When stargazing is optimal: Green laser guided constellation tour
Ongoing: Star chart activity in the lobby
Ongoing: “Fabric of the Cosmos” in the theater
Ongoing: Many types and sizes of TAAS telescopes on the large open patio accompanied by members eager to tell you all about the stars, planets and galaxies visible for observing
3:00pm – 5:00pm
Join us for the opening reception of REFLECT, an art exhibition of the Luna Project. The Luna Project, a collection of women artists, invites you to reflect with them.
The sky reflected in a river’s ripples, one’s face in an angled window or the mirror of a pond: reflection is a conversation between world and image. Which is real? We call upon inner reflection, the interplay of self and soul, as we celebrate the world that reflects us.
The exhibit will be in the gallery through December 28th.
3:30pm – 5:30pm
Come join us to celebrate the official designation of Albuquerque as an Urban Migratory Bird Treaty city. The event will feature a designation ceremony, a variety of self-guided Learning Booths, live birds of prey, games, a Kids Activity Room, art exhibit, displays, the film “Winged Migration”, refreshments, and more. Let’s celebrate Albuquerque and its birds!