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V.25 No.20 | 05/19/2016

The Daily Word in Nature, Banksy and Stonehenge

The Daily Word

If you're also wondering "who the f*ck builds a stonehenge," the answer may not be as mysterious as you think. But until someone builds a time machine and travels to the past, who really knows?

Today marks The European Day of Parks, a cause for celebration and appreciation of the region's protected natural places. Find that last bit of inspiration needed for a European adventure in these stunning photos.

Works by the forever anonymous and controversial artist Banksy are lent by private collectors and shown at a gallery in Rome.

Governor Martinez is one Burqueña who will neither support nor protest the Albuquerque Trump rally. The reason? She's “really busy.”

Venezuelans, furious about food shortages and inflation, protest against President Maduro on the streets of Caracas.

Don't fear trans people in bathrooms, fear diaper changing stations. Learn from this woman's mistake and remember to put the table back up.

V.25 No.19 | 05/12/2016

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May the Forest be with You

Sunday, May 22: Hiking to History

Author Robert Juyan reviews his newest book.
V.25 No.18 | 05/05/2016

Literature

Poetry and Prose at Local Book Store

Jeanne Shannon, born on a farm in Virginia, will be at Page One Books at 3pm on Sunday, May 15, to talk about and sign her book of poetry and prose, Summoning.

The book is described as such: "A collection of poems and hybrid works that hover at the boundary between poetry and prose, and that range from the abstract and experimental to the concrete and accessible. Employing imagery that is vivid and frequently surprising, the author addresses subjects that include the natural world (especially the plant kingdom), art and music, the dreamlike regions of memory, and the mysterious—the 'dissolving forms' that tell us the world is stranger than we might suppose. In the title poem and others, she summons recollections of her early life in 1940s southwestern Virginia, 'the heart of Appalachia.'"

Shannon was born on a snowy morning on a farm in southwestern Virginia, “the heart of Appalachia,” when the Sun was in Aquarius and the Moon was in Taurus. She has lived in the west (Arizona and New Mexico) for most of her adult life. She writes poems that she characterizes as paintings—often impressionistic, sometimes abstract. It's hard to find one that does not contain a reference to a member of the vegetable kingdom, be it tree, weed or flower. She is pleased to claim Robert Beverley, historian of early Virginia whose name appears in Fourteen Ways of Looking at a Painting by Georgia O'Keeffe, as a maternal ancestor.

News

The Daily Word in snake wine, wolf poaching and a feast for 5,000

The Daily Word

So, uh, stuff has happened in the past on this day.

Make sure to read the fine print in your most recent PNM bill.

Take a look at APD's new use of force policy.

Awwwoooo! Do you have a wolfie heart?

In NY, a feast for 5,000 people was made out of food that would have been thrown away.

New studies show that government culling of wolves increases poaching.

Is Earth really the only habitable planet?

Move over dudes. The salamanders don't need you anymore.

Rare seal pups need the ice that is melting.

Pro tip: Don't drink or make wine with tiger bones in it.

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Nature, Man

Saturday, May 7: Herbfest 2016

Herbs, wildflowers, native plants and arts and crafts for sale, guided bird and nature walks, live music, crafts for kids, a raffle and refreshments.
V.25 No.16 | 04/21/2016
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Send It Soaring

Saturday, Apr 23: Kite Fest

Colorful kites of all shapes and sizes. Visitors can bring their own kite, buy one at the festival or watch professional stunt kite fliers maneuver kites expertly in the wind.
V.25 No.14 | 04/07/2016
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Water Shoes Not Required

Sunday, Apr 17: Down in the Bosque Opening Reception and Talk

Artist Alan Paine Radebaugh discusses his work.
V.25 No.9 | 03/03/2016

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The Crows, Crows, Crows

One of the world's smartest animals is right overhead

What's almost as amazing as the fact that the crow is one of the world's smartest animals, is that they're so commonplace. But, when you think about it, it follows: Smart animals survive and proliferate.

These intrepid black birds (from their beaks to their feet) are part of the corvid family, which also includes that other close relative of the crow, the raven. Almost all species of corvid have been observed using tools, have well-studied languages, a demonstrable generational memory and frequently vocalize emotions like fear and happiness. Domesticated crows even have "names" for their owners, typified by a vocalization only used in the presence of a particular person. Further, they are able to recognize a number of faces.

Part of the crow's ability to endure is the fact that they eat such a variety of food, over 1,000 different documented items. Dedicated omnivores, they'll eat carrion or carry out. They even recognize logos. Sadly and amazingly, crows will always descend upon a McDonald's bag before they peak into a plain brown sack.

If you need a list of 19 more reasons to love crows and some baby pics that make it impossible not to, check out this Buzzfeed list.

And also consider the great imagery these big black birds provide. They show up time and again in popular media ... take a listen to the Mountain Goats' song "The Crow," my personal favorite song about these special birds.

V.25 No.4 | 01/28/2016
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Bee Afraid!

Friday, Feb 5: NM Beekeepers 2016 Conference

Several speakers are giving talks plus there is a hands-on area, educational materials, vendors and giveaways and a raffle for a one-of-a-kind bee quilt.
V.25 No.3 | 01/21/2016
Coot is cute!

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Winter Ducks of the Rio Grande

As good a time as any to head to the bosque

I'm lucky enough to have had the opportunity to spend several mornings and evenings along the middle Rio Grande bosque counting songbirds and waterfowl. Along with the season's emblematic Sandhill Cranes, there is an abundance of birds that are easy to spot, easy to identify and which there is plenty of to see along Albuquerque's sliver of the mighty river.

Among these, perhaps the most common is the Mallard Duck. Both males and females- usually mated at this point in the year- swim through the acqueias and the river proper. These ducks are endemic the whole world through and the males- with a glossy green head and shades of brown feathers down their wings, backs and chests- are easy to spot. More often than not, if you spot a male, there will be a better camouflaged female nearby.

The Gadwall Duck- nearly the size of the Mallard, but with more understated coloration and a black bill- is also easy to find in the river this winter. These ducks are nearly as widespread as the Mallard due to their extreme adaptability. They've even been known to snatch food from the beak of other diving ducks.

Looking for something even more adorable? The Coot- technically part of the Rail family- is dark, petite and easy to spot in open water. These birds are black throughout the body, but have a light, even white colored bill, and sometimes show white on the tail. Making them even more endearing, coots have small, rounded wings and are weak fliers, despite their ability to cover large distances when necessary.

Also keep an eye out for the striking Wigeon, too. These birds breed farther north and make their way down to Albuquerque during the winter season. Males are colorful, with a cream colored forehead and jade green highlights while females are grayish overall. I've spotted just one along the Rio Grande this winter, but these are increasingly abundant.

Also found along the river: dog prints, coyote prints, the spine of a large mammal. Winter time is just as wonderful to test the waters of the Rio Grande, particularly when we have such an abundance of beautiful birds floating by for the season.

V.24 No.53 | 12/31/2015
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Literature

Poetic Saturdays

A Haiku for Cold Weather

When it's cold AF outside...

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Winter's Feather Forecast

Saturday, Jan 9: Winter Bird and Bat Festival

A speaker program, guided bird and plant walks, live birds with Wildlife Rescue and others, and crafts for kids.
V.24 No.50 | 12/10/2015
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Birdseed Made Beautiful

Sunday, Dec 20: Winter Solstice Mandala Creation

Join in creating a huge mandala made of seeds and grains which can be eaten by birds, composted or can quickly biodegrade.
V.24 No.45 | 11/05/2015
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Welcome Back the Cranes

Saturday, Nov 14: 2015 Return of the Sandhill Crane Celebration

Welcome the cranes back to their winter habitat with art, films, origami, viewing scopes, tai chi, craneology 101, animal tales, music and more.
V.24 No.44 | 10/29/2015

What's the Deal with the Festival of the Cranes?

Why these birds are worth a celebration

Every autumn throughout the western United States there are a plethora of festivals to celebrate the return of the Sandhill Crane to their wintering grounds. Just like many other migratory birds, they undergo an epic journey twice a year, but what sets them apart from the flocks of larks, murmurations of starlings and charms of finches that undertake similar quests for warmer weather and abundant food supplies?

First, birds of the gruidae family are set apart from other migratory birds by their sheer size. Even in a place like New Mexico that boasts an abundance of large hawks and eagles, the leggy Sandhill Crane dwarfs them. The size of these graceful birds is even more impressive when large numbers of them congregate for migration. When I say large, I mean it- tens of thousands of birds group together to move south.

As they migrate, usually during daylight (unlike many migratory birds who travel by night) Sandhill Cranes project a deep rolling call, with mated pairs performing a sort of call-and-response, the female in double time. With their distinct red mask and graceful demeanor, these birds are a welcome addition to the abundant avian life found in New Mexico, and notable, because their stay here is somewhat brief.

Welcoming the Sandhill Cranes back to the open spaces of our state is also an acknowledgment of the turning of the seasons and the intelligence of the natural world. For avid birdwatchers, as well as amateurs, this viewing opportunity is one-of-a-kind.

At the annual Festival of the Cranes at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge visitors can do more than just observe the birds, but attend classes and workshops that contextualize the experience and further connect them with the landscape. This year the festival runs from Tuesday, November 17th through Sunday, the 22nd. Those who can't attend the festival can still see the abundant Sandhill Cranes well into March.

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South American Wine Pairing Dinner at Pueblo Harvest Café

A five-course meal that celebrates South American wine and cuisine. Reservations required.

Alex Mayrol • singer-songwriter at Ibiza at Hotel Andaluz

LEAP Into Science at South Broadway Library

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