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V.24 No.45 | 11/05/2015

Event Horizon

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.

V.24 No.28 | 7/9/2015


The Daily Word: The Art Awakens

The Daily Word

Introducing, Diane Coffee.

The Mountain that eats men.

We are traveling at warp speed.

The death of death.

<H1> R.I.P</H1>

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s an anthropomorphic lemon picking up garbage in the streets of Tokyo?

Robin and Koko.

Star Wars: The Art Awakens

Another “branch” of advertising.


V.24 No.36 | 9/3/2015


The Daily Word: Off the Grid

The Daily Word

Tiny giants.

Gateway to Hell.

Future Schtuff.

Even more future schtuff!


Oh, the feels.

Responsible Advertising?

Guardian of the Galaxy.

Who needs intelligence when you have this?

Off the grid.

V.24 No.34 | 8/20/2015


The Daily Word: Albuquerque is Just Plain Weird & The So-So Whatever Plan To Stop the Apocalypse.

The Daily Word


Explosions in Tianjin.

Carry on my Wayward Gwar. (r.i.p. dave brockie)

Art is nature.

Albuquerque is just plain weird.

Scoopin’ ATMS.

TWA Flight 260 Crash Site. (Shit I never knew existed here)

The War on Bud.

‘Burque Trivia.

Remakes: The Slow Killers.

The so-so whatever plan to avoid the apocalypse.

V.24 No.18 | 4/30/2015

Book Review

Radical Quest and Loss

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.
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V.23 No.50 | 12/11/2014

Arts Feature

A Long-Lost Field Guide for the Soul

Rediscover an ecstatic, mystic book of nature writing

How a slender volume unearthed by Terry Tempest and Brooke Williams in a dusty bookstore became the antidote to “a poverty of the soul.”
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V.23 No.13 | 3/27/2014

Book Review

Nurturing Nature

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

Book Review

Coming and Going, Endlessly

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
Space iron shown in the blue nickel-rich areas on the virtual model, bottom left.
Andy Tindle, Open Univeristy


Ancient Egyptian Space Bead

¡Viva la Science!

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.

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
Elise Kaplan

News Bite

A Refuge From Urban Life

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
I named him Twiggy.


Phasmid sighting

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
Ben Radford

The Radford Files

Badlands Survival

Death is in the details

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

The Daily Word

Video of a Sandoval County deputy stun gunning a 16-year-old girl for disobeying him.

Rep. Weiner is resigning post-Twitter scandal.

Bernalillo County Commissioner Wiener not resigning post-rape joke.

Rep. Steve Pearce is asking the National Guard to look into a racism complaint by Spc. Adam Jarrell. (Read an Alibi interview with Jarrell.)

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?

The Baconery.

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.”

Today's Events

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.

7th Annual Pueblo Gingerbread House Contest at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

Let It Grow • Grateful Dead tribute • Pink Freud • Pink Floyd tribute at Launchpad

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