New Mexico - Sandhill Cranes

Every winter thousands of sandhill cranes and snow geese fly south from the northern plains to New Mexico, where they eat and sleep in fields and ponds that are specially prepared for them. The most famous of these areas is the Bosque del Apache (of which I'll post pictures in a few days), but there are others nearly as notable. One of these is the Bernardo Wildlife Area, part of the Ladd S. Gordon Waterfowl Complex. It is located about an hour's drive south of Albuquerque, between Belen and Socorro and between I-25 and the Rio Grande. The area, purchased in 1971 and consisting of 1675 acres, contains mostly flat croplands. In the late fall and winter, fields are flooded for the waterfowl to roost in.


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