Return of the Sandhill Crane Celebration

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Welcome the Sandhill Cranes back to the Open Space Visitor center.

Sandhill Cranes made their appearance at the Open Space Visitor Center on October 2nd! Albeit an early arrival, they are a welcome site signaling that Fall is in the air. Join us in welcoming the Cranes.

Presentation: El Rito Grande; Conserving a Once Mighty River
9:00am – 10:00am
Presented by Paul Tashjian, Director of Freshwater Conservation, Audubon Southwest

“Rito” is the Spanish work for little river. The Rio Grande in Central NM is a very different river than it was historically. This presentation discusses ideas on how the Rio Grande functioned in its native state, how the Rio was altered for societal needs, how remnant ecosystem function remarkably remains today, and how a future “Rito Grande” might remain alive in the face of climate change and increased water shortages.

Sumi (Japanese ink) Painting Class
10:30am – 2:00pm
Presented by Lauris Phillips

There is a $10 material fee. To be paid to artist.

Space is limited. Call (505)768-4950 to register

10:30 – 11:00
What is sumi, the material?
What is the art of Sumi-e, origin and philosophy?
Why cranes?
11:00 – 12:00
familiarizing with materials, making marks, painting a crane together.
12:00 – 12:30
lunch break and crane watching outside.
12:30 – 1:30
choosing a crane photo to work from and painting that crane.
1:30 – 2:00
sharing, closing and clean-up


Open Space Visitor Center, Albuquerque, NM

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