Here they come! There are about 600 cranes in the eastern part of the San Luis Valley. Maybe 12-15 cranes, have been seen near the Monte Vista NWR. The Bosque del Apache Refuge reports that the cranes have been gone from their wintering grounds for over a week. Facebook posts show thousands of cranes heading north from the Albuquerque area, so the next stop is the San Luis Valley! This nice weather and opening water should bring the crane to Monte Vista soon…..STAY TUNED!