Witnessing a Thundering Mass of Birds in New Mexico
On a frigid morning before sunrise, you stand on the “flight deck” and wait. This is no airport for humans, however. It’s a platform built expressly for viewing hundreds of thousands of snow geese at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico. The birds over-winter here at this refuge, which is deliberately managed for all those snow geese as well as thousands of sandhill cranes. With the sunrise aglow to the east and your breath visible in the chilly air, something at sometime will cause the birds to fly. They go up en masse, and the honking and beating of all those wings reverberates through the air and right into your soul.
- Adam Rugel (Editor) Great piece Donald