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Annual Cranes and Cocoa event set for Nov. 27

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Overhead the loud cackling sounds of Sandhill cranes announce to everyone that fall has arrived to Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge. Pushed down by colder temperature of the north, thousands of birds have begun their annual migration south. Already hundreds of ducks have appeared as the traditional migration gets underway. For years and years the wetlands of Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge have been a magnet for migratory birds.

To highlight the fall season, Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge and The Friends of Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge will be hosting the annual Cranes and Cocoa event on Saturday, Nov. 27.

“For those looking for something special to do over the Thanksgiving Day weekend, join us to view the spectacular evening fly-in of thousands of migrating Sandhill cranes,” a press release from the Fish and Wildlife Service states.

Free hot cocoa and cookies will be available beginning at 3 p.m. in front of the Joseph Skeen Visitor Center at 4200 E. Pine Lodge Road. At 3 p.m. crane specialist Jim Montgomery will be available to answer questions about the Sandhill cranes. Following Jim’s question-and-answer session, visitors will drive out onto the refuge to watch the cranes fly into their evening roost areas.

As a precaution against COVID-19, the Joseph R. Skeen Visitor Center will remain closed during the event except for access into the Nature Store. A limit of six people will be allowed at one time in the stor,e with masks required in the building.

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For those interested in unique gifts ideas, stop by the store and help support the Friends of Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge.

For more information call 575-914-3332.

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