the simple joys of living in huning

Generally, beginning in October, the annual pageant of the flight of the cranes can be easily and often observed from the properties of Huning Castle. As the annual event progresses the overhead flocks increasingly get larger, and often linger longer.

For hundreds, if not thousands, of years the cranes gravitate toward the bend in the river, just south of Old Town and north of Downtown, an ancient geographic reference point far more obvious from the air.

Crane watching is easy at 1514 Silver, without craning ones neck. The reason – there is a wonderful 500 square foot second floor deck with chairs and sturdy thick deck walls surfaced with tile. “Up on the roof” there is room for all, or at least a few friends or neighbors, and the tiled railings provide a natural resting place for light food and drink – refreshing refreshment for the body to supplement this annual refreshing of the mind.

The cranes look down, often as they regroup and circle, and the deck denizens, lucky as they are, look up to watch just another remarkable wonder of nature.

After the winter’s sojourn among the fields of grain that permeate the area of the southern Bosque the pageant resumes in the spring as the cranes fly north in their seemingly endless quest for companionship and adventure.

Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge

New mexico

Sand Hill crane

Sand Hill crane

The Annual Festival of The Cranes is held each November  at the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, located 17 miles south of Socorro, New Mexico.

The annual Festival of the Cranes takes place both outdoors and indoors.  The Festival is headquartered at the Bosque del Apache Visitors Center.

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Map locating Bosque del Apache

Map locating Bosque del Apache

From the Center visitors can drive an auto loop around the refuge.  Observation decks are located at various points along the loop route that make perfect stopping places to take photographs, to use viewing scopes, and to learn from volunteer docents.

Map of the Auto Loop and View Points at Bosque del Apache

Map of the Auto Loop and View Points at Bosque del Apache

Click HERE for the Google satellite map of the Bosque and wildlife area.

Sand Hill crane in flight

Sand Hill crane in flight

There are over 100 lectures, workshops, and various hands-on activities, many of which are related to the annual sand hill crane migration.  Hikes and tours take place, including special photography tours.  Many of the events require the payment of additional fees.

The Friends of the Bosque organization is in charge of EVENTS within the larger Festival of the Cranes event.

Sand Hill cranes in repose

Sand Hill cranes in repose