An early morning lift-off of thousands of wintering snow geese (Anser caerulescens). Greater sandhill cranes (Antigone canadensis) await in the marsh waters. Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in the Middle Rio Grande Valley. San Antonio, New Mexico.
Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, San Antonio, New Mexico.
This goose breeds north of the timberline in Greenland, Canada, Alaska, and the northeastern tip of Siberia, and spends winters in warm parts of North America from southwestern British Columbia through parts of the United States to Mexico.
The snow goose is listed as ‘Least Concern’ by the International Union for Conservation of Nature due to its wide distribution and abundance throughout North America, southwards through Mexico, and into Central America.