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A Soaring Celebration

Their ancient trumpet call fills the sky here at this time of year—a creak, like stubborn machinery trying to turn smoothly. It’s the bittersweet sound of Sandhill Cranes migrating south, and their graceful beauty is being feted at the Return of the Cranes Celebration weekend. The celebration happens tomorrow from 8am to 4pm and Sunday, Nov. 16, from 9am to 4pm at the Open Space Visitor Center (6500 Coors NW). Arguably, it’s enough just to take in their peaceful presence as they stand on stately long legs—adult cranes can reach four feet tall. But the celebration offers an engaging menu of programs to help honor both the silvery cranes and the fall migratory season.

Sign up for Tai Chi or yoga with the cranes, fold an origami crane, take in a lecture or watch a spectacular late afternoon fly-out. The slate is filled with fun facts, such as cranes possibly being the world’s most ancient bird at about 10 million years old. Take the family and learn more about why these birds are so cherished; you’re sure to see several other species of wintering birds too. For more information or to register, see cabq.gov/openspace or call 897-8831. Open Space Visitor Center • Sat Nov 15 • 8am-4pm • FREE • View on Alibi calendar