Friends of Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge

Fall Flight Festival

28 Oct 2011 2:10 PM | Anonymous
It is fall again, more than 500 sandhill cranes have already arrived at Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge with snow geese soon to follow heralding the season for wintering birds. The refuge is located on state highway 281, just east of the City of Las Vegas. The Annual Fall Wildlife Drive will be open from 9 AM to 4 PM each Sunday in November. This 4 1/2 mile self-guided drive will take visitors through the short-grass prairie and past lakes, marshes and croplands that serve as important habitat for a multitude of migratory birds, including a wide variety of waterfowl, geese, eagles, hawks and sandhill cranes. Volunteer roving naturalists will be on hand with spotting scopes to help visitors identify birds.

All events at the refuge are free. Special interpretive programs, sponsored by Friends of LVNWR are repeated at 12:00 noon and 1:30 PM each Sunday. Seating is limited to 40. All seats will be available on a first come first serve basis. For more information call Linda Kelly at 454-9452 or Jan Arrott at 454-6115.

Children are invited to participate in all activities including special kids’ wildlife crafts featuring a different themed craft each Sunday at 1:00 PM.

Please note: In case of inclement weather, it could be necessary for some events to be canceled or postponed. Call the Visitor Services Office at LVNWR: 505-425-358 ext 205.

The following activities are scheduled for each Sunday:
Kids Wildlife Crafts @ 1 PM
Interpretive talks @ 12 noon and @1:30 PM

Sunday, Nov 6 , “Live Raptor Presentation”
By Santa Fe Raptor Center Volunteers
Volunteers from the Santa Fe Raptor Center care for injured birds in order to release them back into their natural habitat. Those raptors, which cannot be released due to extensive injuries, are given a loving home and used in educational programs such as

Sunday, November 13, “The Ecology and Conservation of the Gray Wolf”
With Dave Parsons, a retired (1999) career wildlife biologist with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. Parsons led the Mexican Wolf Recovery Program for its first 9 years. Dave will lay out the latest research findings on the role of wolves in ecosystems and the latest thinking on how large carnivores and their ecosystems should be conserved.
Sunday, November 20,"How Wolves, Coyotes, and Voles Affect each other in an Ecosystem"
With Brian Miller, Executive Director of the Wind River Ranch Foundation
Brian will discuss the research at Grand Teton National Park concerning distribution, abundance, and habitat choices of coyotes when those coyotes were near to a wolf den and subsequently how the number of voles was affected. With the absence of wolves, coyotes became the dominant canid and were able to out-compete other small carnivores. He will show how re-colonizing wolf packs reduced coyote numbers and restricted their habitat choices, allowing other small carnivores to resume their former place in the community.

Sunday, November 27  “Flyways of the World: Migratory Bird Conservation and the Nature Conservancy”
With Dave Mehlman, Director, Migratory Bird Program, The Nature Conservancy.
Dave will give an overview of the state of birds in the world using data from the recent US State of the Birds Report, focusing on birds of two New Mexico habitats, forests and grasslands. He will also describe the life cycle of migratory birds and discuss several bird conservation projects of the Conservancy and its partners around the world.

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