The 41st Annual Shovel Races/ Angel Fire, New Mexico

Competitors race down the course on snow shovels at speeds exceeding 60 MPH (96 KPH). Shovel racing began at New Mexico ski resorts in the 1970’s as a way for resort employees to get down the slopes after work. Due to several bad accidents, the sport has been dropped by many resorts, and this is the last race at Angel Fire.

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The Badlands in Winter/ Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona

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Remnants of a forest that is dated back to the Triassic Period, about 225 million years ago, are scattered all over the park. Visitors are strictly prohibited from taking pieces of fossilized wood as souvenirs and are subject to large fines if they do, but park employees estimate that about 12 tons of petrified wood is carried off every year nonetheless. Parts of the park are referred to as “The Painted Desert” because of the bands of colors that display geological eras. 

Festival of the Cranes/ Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, New Mexico

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Every November, New Mexico holds the Festival of the Cranes to celebrate the migratory return of Sandhill Cranes to the wetlands along the Rio Grande River. In addition to the cranes, there are tens of thousands of ducks and geese that migrate to the area as well.

The birds come from the northern US and Canada to roost in the shallow waters of the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, where they spend the winter months. Some birds come from as far away as the Arctic regions. 

The refuge was created specifically for migratory birds. Corn and wheat are grown for bird food in the fields surrounding  the waters, and several areas are flooded by ground water pumps prior to the arrival of the migratory flocks. Roosting in the shallows helps protect the birds from the numerous predatory animals that live in the Rio Grande Valley; coyotes, bobcats, and mountain lions. Birders come from around the world to see and photograph the spectacular views of water fowl. Most people come to see the birds leave from their water roost at sunrise or when they return at sundown. The flocks spend the day foraging for grains in the surrounding fields. The mountain vistas seen from the valley and the sounds of thousands of birds are an unforgettable experience.    

Dia de los Muertos/ Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Indigenous Peoples Day/ Albuquerque, New Mexico

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The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

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Climate Change Strike/ Albuquerque, New Mexico

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