River Access: It’s for the Birds

Friday evening we watched the cranes and geese fly out from their feeding grounds at Los Poblanos in the heart of Albuquerque down by the Rio Grande.  The Cranes come from Alaska, Canada and Siberia to spend a milder winter here in the Southwestern desert.  Open Space and fields of Sorghum and cut corn are quite inviting to these feasting birds.

you can walk up close to the Sandhill Crane.  The mixed use lands are balanced between farming, housing, and open space

you can walk close to the Sandhill Cranes. The mixed use lands are balanced between farming, housing, and open space

It was a cloudy evening but looking east from the fields the Sandias alighted momentarily at dusk

It was a cloudy evening but looking east from the fields the Sandias alighted momentarily at dusk

Cranes blend right in with the fields and Sandias

Cranes blend right in with the fields and Sandias.  The river is just west and these fields are irrigated from acequias

Rush hour traffic was thick on Montaño with long lines and stop and go.  There are few roads that cross the river to the West Mesa and this is a central one.  The stress and uncertain travel times heavy traffic creates are quality of life issues. No one deserves to start their weekend in bad traffic.  Let’s change it.

birds and people seek out places like these

birds and people seek out places like this.  Lots of folks were walking with their friends & dogs soaking up the ambience

When we are careful to pay attention to aesthetics when tending places we can produce impressive results

When we are careful to pay attention to aesthetics when tending places we can craft impressive and fertile results

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redevelopment may mean increasing local agriculture for humans. We can grow more fresh and delicious food locally and lighten our carbon footprint by reducing shipping of foods that come from outside States and countries

 

 

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There is some development surrounding Los Poblanos such as these houses and accompanying power lines that make you realize the urban area is encroaching on the open space.  But much of the development is done with good taste and seeks to blend in personal gratitude with the patchwork of land.  One of the legacies we’ll leave is how we put together lifeways that coincide with and conserve the natural abundance inherited.

Volcanoes to the West glow furnace like

Volcanoes to the West glow furnace like

the birds fly out of the fields at dusk and fly in to the river for the night.  We'll take a look at the fly in soon!

the birds fly out of the fields at dusk and fly in to the river for the night. We’ll take a look at the fly in soon!

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