Field Notes: Bosque Thoughts

Sandhill cranes at Bosque del Apache.
At Bosque del Apache.

By: Erica Prather

Sandhill Cranes
Sandhill Cranes

We went to the Bosque del Apache New Year’s week to see the Sandhill cranes and many other amazing species of wildlife, like the snow geese, roadrunners, coyote, javelina, and Gambel’s quail. The Sandhill cranes have been around for 2.5 million years, stand 4 ft tall and have a 6 ft wingspan. They overwinter at the Bosque, and watching their movements shift throughout the day was an exercise in awe, wonder, and reverence. 

I’ve also been reading Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass again, and I love this stanza every time I come across it. And if you are lead to believe I am 88 years old because I drove 8 hours to see birds and I read Whitman, you are correct. 

I think I could turn and live with animals, they’re so placid and self-contain’d
I stand and look at them long and long.
They do not sweat and whine about their condition.
They do not lie awake in the dark and weep for their sins.
They do not make me sick discussing their duty to God,
Not one is dissatisfied, not one is demented with the mania of owning things…
Not one is unrespectable or unhappy over the whole earth.Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass, 1855

Get outside and get to know our wildlife. You’ll be inspired to protect them and the places they live. 

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