V.24 No.45 | 11/05/2015
Welcome Back the Cranes
Saturday, Nov 14: 2015 Return of the Sandhill Crane Celebration
By Maggie Grimason [ Thu Nov 12 2015 11:00 AM ]
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.
V.24 No.28 | 7/9/2015
The Daily Word: The Art Awakens
By Robert Maestas [ Wed Sep 2 2015 12:11 PM ]
Introducing, Diane Coffee.
The Mountain that eats men.
We are traveling at warp speed.
The death of death.
It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s an anthropomorphic lemon picking up garbage in the streets of Tokyo?
Star Wars: The Art Awakens
Another “branch” of advertising.
V.24 No.36 | 9/3/2015
The Daily Word: Off the Grid
By Robert Maestas [ Thu Aug 27 2015 12:37 PM ]
Gateway to Hell.
Even more future schtuff!
Oh, the feels.
Guardian of the Galaxy.
Who needs intelligence when you have this?
V.24 No.34 | 8/20/2015
The Daily Word: Albuquerque is Just Plain Weird & The So-So Whatever Plan To Stop the Apocalypse.
By Robert Maestas [ Thu Aug 13 2015 11:58 AM ]
Explosions in Tianjin.
Carry on my Wayward Gwar. (r.i.p. dave brockie)
Art is nature.
TWA Flight 260 Crash Site. (Shit I never knew existed here)
V.24 No.18 | 4/30/2015
Radical Quest and Loss
Review by Charles Vane
All the Wild That Remains: Edward Abbey, Wallace Stegner, and the American West
One worked from within the establishment while one sought to overthrow it. David Gessner finds a deep love for the American West in the work of Wallace Stegner and Edward Abbey.
V.23 No.50 | 12/11/2014
A Long-Lost Field Guide for the Soul
Rediscover an ecstatic, mystic book of nature writing
By Nora Hickey
How a slender volume unearthed by Terry Tempest and Brooke Williams in a dusty bookstore became the antidote to “a poverty of the soul.”
V.23 No.13 | 3/27/2014
Review by Leo P. Neufeld
Falling Into Place: An Intimate Geography of Home
There are quiet sounds that often get lost in the business of our daily lives. Catherine Reid’s book Falling Into Place: An Intimate Geography of Home is a chronologically organized collection of personal essays meant to entice us to listen.
V.22 No.46 | 11/14/2013
Coming and Going, Endlessly
Review by Kathy Freise
On Migration: Dangerous Journeys and the Living World
On Migration: Dangerous Journeys and the Living World is about where we belong and where we call home.
V.22 No.23 | 6/6/2013
Andy Tindle, Open Univeristy
Ancient Egyptian Space Bead
¡Viva la Science!
By Lisa Barrow [ Tue Jun 4 2013 11:00 AM ]
Did ancient Egyptians make jewelry out of metal from space? According to a new article in Nature, they did indeed.
Archaeologists believe that iron smelting in ancient Egypt started around the sixth century BCE. But an iron bead found in a cemetery in 1911 at Gerzeh, about 43 miles south of Cairo, dates from approximately 3,300 BCE. Scanning electron microscopy, optical imaging and CT scanning revealed the presence of nickel-rich areas on the tube-shaped bead, indicating celestial provenance. The metal, it seems, came from a meteorite.
According to Egyptologist Joyce Tyldesley, who co-authored the study that revealed the bead's true nature, the finding offers a clue about the beginnings of the Egyptian religion. “The sky was very important to the ancient Egyptians,” she points out. “Something that falls from the sky is going to be considered as a gift from the gods.”
V.22 No.18 | 5/2/2013
Rowdy’s Dream Blog #292: There are underwater lights.
By Brutus De Cervantes [ Fri Apr 26 2013 3:59 PM ]
I am on a guided nature hike with a small group. Nature has been enhanced with some colored lights under the stream. In flying mode, I hover above the stream and spiral up and down the banks, all the while watching as the lights swirl. Finally, tiny lights like fireflies flutter down creating a fake gentle rain.
V.20 No.49 | 12/8/2011
A Refuge From Urban Life
By Elise Kaplan
Over the next five to 10 years, the Price’s Dairy farm is slated become a habitat for animals, birds and fish, including an endangered bird called the Southwest willow flycatcher.
V.20 No.39 | 9/29/2011
By Jessica Cassyle Carr [ Fri Sep 23 2011 3:43 PM ]
This cool, six inch-long walking stick has been hanging out on a shaded fence in my backyard since last night. He looks like desert brush.
V.20 No.33 | 8/18/2011
The Radford Files
Death is in the details
By Benjamin Radford
Our house skeptic wanders into Bisti, lured by unusual rock formations. A weather change and poor planning turn a lovely day trip into a scramble for safety.
V.20 No.25 | 6/23/2011
The Daily Word in Weiner and Wiener, sunscreen and making out
By Marisa Demarco [ Thu Jun 16 2011 11:00 AM ]
Video of a Sandoval County deputy stun gunning a 16-year-old girl for disobeying him.
Rep. Weiner is resigning post-Twitter scandal.
Naked beluga whale taming.
UNM football player arrested for refusing to pull up his saggy pants, according to airplane crew.
Monsoons supposed to follow dry winters. WTF New Mexico weather?
What is a bohemian rhapsody?
Life expectancy of women declines in U.S.
Two people making out during a riot.
Conan O’Brien’s honest commencement speech: “No specific job or career goal defines me or should define you.”
Annual Winter Solstice Concert at First United Methodist Church
Bach Violin Concerto in A minor, Cantata BWV 151, a selection of beautiful Renaissance motets of the season and recent music from Irsee Monastery in Bavaria.
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