November 28, 2008
A sandhill crane (above) sounds off in the late afternoon as others feed on the grains grown by wildlife refuge staff.
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Every winter morning 100,000 birds take flight from the still waters of this New Mexico refuge
It’s a cold, crisp predawn, with the temperature in the 20s in the central Rio Grande Valley of New Mexico. Then the silence cracks, with a single quack from the rustling snow geese, then another and another. Soon, a cacophonous chorus of snow geese and sandhill cranes fills the morning air — the signal the fly-out is about to begin.