Summer Wings @ Friends of the Rio Grande Nature Center, Albuquerque [4 August]

Summer Wings

08:15 - 16:00

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Friends of the Rio Grande Nature Center
2901 Candelaria Rd NW, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87107
On Saturday August 4 from 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Friends of the Rio Grande Nature Center State Park will present Summer Wings, its 24th annual August event. Summer Wings takes place at the Nature Center, 2901 Candelaria NW in Albuquerque. The event is free; parking is free for members of the Friends and for those with a displayed State Parks' annual permit. For others, it's $3 per vehicle.

A festival of flight, Summer Wings invites visitors to explore New Mexico's small but spectacular wildlife: Hummingbirds, butterflies, dragonflies, damselflies, and bees. The day includes BioBlitz, a nature scavenger hunt: Visitors will work in small groups with birders and naturalists to find and identify as many living plants and animals as possible in the park.

Morning Bio Blitz Walks

8:15 a.m.: Bird walk with David Mehlman of The Nature Conservancy

8:30 a.m.: Bird walks with Nature Center volunteers

9 a.m.: Bugs and Birds walk for kids with Mike Sanchez and Adya Radcliffe of the NM Museum of Natural History and Science

10:30 a.m.: Bee walk with Olivia Messinger Carril, author of Bees in Your Backyard

Noon: Porcupines and Plants walk with Katie Elder of the Bosque Ecosystem Monitoring Program and Ariel Elliott of Valle del Oro National Wildlife Refuge

Near the Visitor Center

9-11 a.m.: Hummingbird banding with certified hummingbird bander Bill Talbot and Jason Kitting of Wildlife Rescue

Talks in the Education Building

11 a.m.: Bats with bat conservationists Justin Stevenson and Holly Smith

1 p.m.: Bees with Olivia Messinger Carril

2 p.m.: Dragonflies and Damselflies with Karen Gaines, UNM biologist

At the Discovery Pond

(Time to be announced): Macro-invertebrates and food webs with Ayesha Burdett of the NM Museum of Natural History and Science and Nature Center volunteers

11 a.m.: Dragonfly/damselfly catch and release with Karen Gaines
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