Thursday, April 3, 2008

A Refuge

Ferd's wheels have stopped turning for a little while again at the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in San Antonio, New Mexico, approximately 100 miles south of Albuquerque. Some of you will recall that this isn't the first stop we've made here. About four years ago we spent four months in the fall of the year volunteering here, where thousands of sandhill cranes and snow geese pause in their migration each winter. It was a great experience. So as we were passing through central New Mexico this spring we decided to see how things are going at the refuge. Well it's much quieter here without the unusual sounds of the cranes, something between a fog horn and a donkey squeel. This time of year there are but the fulltime resident species of ducks enjoying their space and the song birds that serenade you consistently. And, of course, the ever persistent howl of the coyote keeps them all on their toes. We also found the staff as welcoming as they ever were. As soon as we mentioned we had a couple of weeks we could spare and said " Hello, how are ya?" we were shuffled to a project that was in much need of a couple more willing souls to assist it along. We are now deeply emersed in the Junior Duck Stamp Art Competition. There will be more to say on that later. But, this is a nice place to pause along the road.......

3 comments:

  1. Nancy,
    I just found the comment you left on my RootsandRoutes blog sometime in February. Hope to meet you in Gillette!
    Peace and good________,
    Beth

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Hi: Thanks for your thoughts.