Photo of the week: Sand hill cranes at Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge

Cranes at Las Vegas National Wildlife refuge

Sand Hill Cranes at Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge, photo Elizabeth Rose

Our Photo of the Week is of  Sand Hill Cranes at the Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge an hour north of Santa Fe. Don’t get too excited; it’s Las Vegas, New Mexico not Nevada. The cranes stop on their way south from Idaho, Montana, Canada and even as far as Alaska each fall on their way south. Some remain if the winter weather is mild, but most continue on to refuges in Bosque del Apache south of San Antonio, NM and Crane Lake in Roswell, NM and down into Texas.

The Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge has a Fall Flight Festival on Sundays in November from 9am to 4pm. At this time, in addition to the 8.5  mile loop open daylight hours year round on these special Sundays, an additional 4.5 miles of back roads through wetlands are open. This time of year, there are hundreds of cranes at the refuge.

For more information, check out the Friends of the Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge website.

Our guest photo is from Elizabeth R. Rose is Senior Editor of Striped Pot and the Phoenix Day Trips Examiner. Read about her experience at the Las Vegas Wildlife Refuge. You can follow her on Twitter and find her on Facebook.

 

 

 

 

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