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Local Audubon chapter to meet Feb. 22

At 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22, the Weminuche Audubon Society will host a fascinating monthly chapter meeting at the Ross Aragon Community Center in Pagosa Springs.

Pat Gonzales, of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Alamosa, is deputy project leader for the San Luis National Wildlife Refuge Complex in the San Luis Valley east of Wolf Creek Pass. As guest speaker at Monday’s meeting, he will describe management strategies for the three valley wildlife refuges that encompass nearly 120,000 acres.

Gonzales will also discuss the spectacular annual migration of thousands of sandhill cranes seen in the area every spring, and will touch on this year’s Monte Vista Crane Festival, scheduled March 12-14.

Weminuche Audubon Society members and friends plan to attend the March festival, and have reserved a block of rooms at an Alamosa hotel for Friday, March 12. Anyone interested in tagging along is welcome, but must confirm reservations by Feb. 28.

For more information on Monday’s meeting, contact Weminuche Audubon Society Vice President Dottie George at, or Audubon Colorado’s Southwest Regional Director Becky Gillette at You can call Becky at 883-3066.

The community center is located at 451 Hot Springs Blvd., and the phone number is 264-4152.