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Bernalillo County’s award-winning Open Space program closes out the 2014 schedule with a flourish, including three birding events that highlight New Mexico’s status as a local and migrating bird habitat. November’s events are also aimed at encouraging children and families to explore the great outdoors together.

Visit www.bernco.gov/openspace for more information and to sign up. You may also register for these programs by calling Colleen Langan-McRoberts, Open Space Coordinator, at 314-0398.

Programs will include:

Urban Bird Conservation Treaty

November 1 from 8 – 10 a.m. at Bachechi Open Space, 9521 Rio Grande Blvd. NW

The Urban Conservation Treaty for Migratory Birds program was created to help local governments protect birds and their habitat for resident and migrating birds. This year, Albuquerque has become an Urban Bird Treaty City. This event will present what that means for our community and celebrate this new status with bird walks and family activities.

Birds on the Move – presented by Nature, Nurture, Play

November 1 from 10-11:30 a.m. at Bachechi Open Space, 9521 Rio Grande Blvd. NW

During nature walks, participants will make their own cardboard binoculars and visit the pond to see what we can see. Come learn to use real binoculars and learn bird calls of New Mexico birds.

Conservation Farming Forum

November 15 from 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at Bachechi Open Space, 9521 Rio Grande Blvd. NW

We all want to conserve and enhance our precious resources and wildlife. Learn innovative technique that can create habitat that invites birds and pollinators on your property while creating a lovely garden for you and your family to enjoy. A panel of speakers will present on creating foodsheds that include and encourage all forms of life on the farm.

Can I Touch It? – presented by Nature, Nurture, Play

November 16 from 12 – 1:30 p.m. at Bachechi Open Space, 9521 Rio Grande Blvd. NW

Families will explore the feel of natural materials, from tree bark to feathers. We’ll also talk about appropriate risk as a way to build children’s competence.

We’re All Connected – presented by The Cottonwood Gulch Foundation

November 29 from 1 – 3 p.m. at Bachechi Open Space, 9521 Rio Grande Blvd. NW

Why does a tree matter to a duck? Why is a rock important to a fungus? Participants will make connections between the animals and plants in the Bosque during this last exploration of the year. Kids will enact an exciting example of the food web at Bachechi before they go on a hunt to connect the dots of our ecosystem.