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Annual Trek to Forest for Christmas trees to begin

Annual Trek to Forest for Christmas trees to begin

Beginning November 25th, permits for cutting Christmas trees on the Gila National Forest will be available at all Ranger District offices.

Permits are available for purchase four days earlier than past years in efforts to reduce the Thanksgiving Day rush.

Permits will be selling for $5 each with a limit of one per household. For aromatic pinon trees, permits are available free of charge. Any tree species up to 10’ high may be cut.

Forest offices are open Monday through Friday (except on holidays) from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; the Black Range Ranger District is open 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Contact the local ranger district offices for further information on Christmas tree cutting.

Free admissions to Carlsbad Caverns on Veterans Day

Free admissions to Carlsbad Caverns on Veterans Day

From Friday, Nov. 9th through Monday, Nov. 11th, bring the kids and family out to visit the Carlsbad Caverns in Carlsbad, NM.

In honor of Veterans Day, ticket fees will be waived for all visitors. Admission into the self-guided Big Room and Natural Entrance portions of Carlsbad Caverns are also included. Additional fees are still required for those who want to experience the special ranger-guided tours that include King’s Palace, Left Hand Tunnel, Lower Cave, Spider Cave and Slaughter Canyon Cave.

The national park is now operating under winter hours. The visitor center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Last entry into the cave via the natural entrance is 2 p.m.

Albuquerque nominated for best sunset in North America

Albuquerque nominated for best sunset in North America

Albuquerque is on an online contest once again after winning the title of America’s Best Regional Food with green chili.

Albuquerque is in the race along with 20 other locations to be the best place in North America to see the sunset. 10 Best, associated with USA Today, is running the contest.

They claim on their website that the one of the main reason the city is in contention for the title is because of the grandeur of the Albuquerque Tram.

“One of the first things any Albuquerque resident will do when they have visitors is take them to the top of Sandia Peak (10,378 feet above sea level) on the world’s longest aerial tram to watch the sunset over the extinct volcanoes of the West Mesa,” according to the site’s description of the view.

Voting for the contest is still open through October 14th. The winner will be announced on October 16th at noon.

Summer Wings Festival

Summer Wings Festival

The Friends of the Rio Grande Nature Center is happy to announce its celebration of New Mexico’s small but spectacular winged wildlife.

Hummingbirds, butterflies, dragonflies and bees will be the stars of this Summer Wings Festival. Events will include hummingbird banding and release, dragonfly capture and release, a speaker program, guided bird and nature walks, raffles, crafts for kids, and live birds with Wildlife Rescue.

The event will take place on August 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Rio Grande Nature Center State Park.

Admission is completely free so all interested in attended are encouraged to do so.

More information is available at http://www.rgnc.org or by email at friends@rgnc.org.

Twilight tour at the zoo

Twilight tour at the zoo

The Albuquerque BioPark will be offering a rare moonlit tour of the zoo on July 30 from 7-9 p.m.

The sights and sounds of the zoo are said to be drastically different during the night, giving guests a glimpse into the animal kingdom that not many get to experience.

A small group will be led by a personal guide through the zoo to catch a glimpse of animal interaction in the twilight hours. Not all of the zoo animals may be out at the time of touring.

Tour groups are to meet at the front of the zoo and tours will take place regardless of weather.

Limited space is available, so eager zoo-goers are advised to pre-register soon. Admission will be $10-$15.

More information is available at http://www.cabq.gov/biopark.

ABQ BioPark in Search for Volunteers

ABQ BioPark in Search for Volunteers

Albuquerque BioPark Education hosts New Volunteer Orientation on Thursday, August 1 from 11 am to noon in the Zoo’s Colores Education Building.

 

The BioPark is looking for volunteers at a variety of different jobs. The public is invited to learn more about being a docent at the Zoo, Aquarium or Botanic Garden. They are searching for Bio Van Ranger, Greeter, Horticulture, Garden Railroad and Touchpool Volunteer.

 

Volunteers are a vital part of the BioPark and provide education and outreach to children and adults both on-grounds and throughout the state according to the BioPark. In fiscal year 2013, volunteers donated more than 31,000 hours to the facilities. “The Zoo, Aquarium, Botanic Garden and Tingley Beach would not be nearly as vibrant and engaging without these contributions!” said ABQ BioPark Spokesperson.

 

Moonlight hike in the bosque

Moonlight hike in the bosque

On July 16, hikers are encouraged to come to Tingley Beach with a flashlight and sense of adventure to discover the active nightlife of bosque creatures.

The guided tour helps participants to explore the bosque wetlands for bats, owls and other nocturnal animals.

The tour is set to begin at the Tingley Beach train station. Pre-registration with payment is required, so be sure to visit the website for ticket information at http://www.cabq.gov/biopark. Information is also available by phone at 505-768-2000.