Wildlife Spectacles

Snow Geese [Chen caerulescens]
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Do you like places that take your senses by storm? If you have the opportunity to visit Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico, do it. This is the northern Chihuahuan Desert so the narrow band of green that follows the path of the Rio Grande River is a magnet to a wide variety of birds. The Bosque concentrates that variety into an almost mind-bending display. The numbers tell the story, 25,000 ducks, 40,000 light geese (Ross and Snow) and some years up to 14,000 Sandhill Cranes. The count does fluctuate day-to-day, week to week. This aggregation is a winter event, November through January. That is not to say the warmer months are not worthy of a visit, it's just different. Hot temps bring out the lizards and snakes along with neotropical birds, all great subjects.
Sunrise over Bosque del Apache
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Barbara Magnuson & Larry Kimball
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