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The Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge, located on Hwy. 281, just east of Las Vegas, will be open each Sunday in November from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. for the Traditional Annual Fall Flight Festival featuring a 4-1/2 mile self-guided auto drive.
This tour allows visitors to enjoy the short-grass prairie in areas of the refuge that are not open for general public use the rest of the year.
Visitors can observe directly the impact of current drought conditions on ponds, lakes, marshes and fields. With the lack of water, migrating waterfowl will be limited, but numerous grassland birds such as mountain bluebirds, meadowlarks, horned larks and sparrows along with various wintering raptors will be visible.
Volunteer roving naturalists will be on hand with spotting scopes to help visitors identify birds. No walking is required. Attendees are encouraged to bird from or close to their vehicle, so birds will not be disturbed. All events at the refuge are free.
Special Wildlife Kids Crafts, featuring a different themed craft are held each Sunday between 1-3 p.m.
Interpretive programs are repeated at noon and 1:30 p.m. each Sunday:
Sunday: “Live Raptor Presentation” By Santa Fe Raptor Center. This program is ideal for children.
Nov. 11: “Playa Wetlands-Ecology and Wildlife” with Bill Johnson, FWS Biologist, Wetlands Biologist
Nov. 18: “Owls of Northern New Mexico — What a Hoot! “ with Leanne Wilkins, manager, Maxwell National Wildlife Refuge
Nov. 25: “A Birder’s Guide to Duck Butts” with Raymond Van Buskirk, longterm birder and conservation biology student at UNM.
Raffle tickets will be on sale for a “you must see” piece of artwork, “One in a Million,” by Ed Morgan, valued at $650, on display each Sunday.
Anyone joining or renewing their Friends of LVNWR membership during the month of November will be entered into a drawing for a gift basket featuring local specialty items.
For more information, contact Jan Arrott at 454-6115.
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.