Rocky Mountain sandhill cranes at the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. Courtesy/PEEC
Rocky Mountain sandhill crane. Courtesy/PEEC
Join PEEC education staff and birding experts for a fun and educational day of birding for the whole family Saturday, Feb. 15 at the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge.
Birding experts will be available at specific times and locations around the refuge, and participants may drop in as they desire, to receive birding help and information from them. In addition, there will be family-oriented activities involving hikes and games. Kids and adults alike are sure to enjoy this unique trip.
Participating families will receive birding booklets with activities to complete on their own schedule during the day at the refuge. For each completed activity, participants will receive stamps, and 3-4 p.m., a PEEC educator will be at the Visitor Center to stamp booklets and award Junior Birder badges. Alternatively, participants may pick their badges up from the PEEC Nature Center after the trip.
The cost per family is $50, or $40 for PEEC members. Advance registration is required, and families must provide their own transportation to and around the refuge. Trip participants are invited to bring their lunches and join the group for a picnic at 11:30 a.m. at the Bosque del Apache Visitor Center.
For those wishing to extend their trip on this three-day holiday weekend, recommended additional activities for families include: Mineralogical Museum at New Mexico Tech, White Sands National Monument, Carlsbad Caverns National Park and Rattlesnake Springs Preserve.
The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) was founded in 2000 to serve the community of Los Alamos. It offers people of all ages a way to enrich their lives by strengthening their connections to local canyons, mesas, mountains and skies. PEEC maintains a nature center, holds regular programs and events and hosts a number of interest groups from birding to hiking to butterfly watching. PEEC activities are open to everyone; however members receive exclusive benefits such as discounts on programs and merchandise. Annual memberships start at $20. To learn more, visit www.pajaritoeec.org/.