Janet and I traveled to New Mexico last week to visit and photograph the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. Winter is the time of year that the migratory birds call this area home. We saw thousands of cranes, snow geese and other water fowl and got some great images of other wildlife. Bosque del Apache or “Forest of the Apache” is an area that surrounds the Rio Grande River about 90 miles south of Albuquerque. A wet land area in the middle of the New Mexico desert, Bosque del Apache was created in 1939 as a winter refuge for migratory birds and other wildlife. According to the visitors center there are (at the time we were there) 8000 Sandhill Cranes, and 40,000 Snow Geese and thousands of other migratory water fowl and birds. At the end of February the Cranes will be moving to the Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge for a few months and then fly up to the Yellowstone National Park area for the summer. Sounds like a retirees life, south in the winter then go up north for the summer!
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