My turn: Hunter has eye for job

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You might say Jude Smith, manager at Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge and Grulla National Wildlife Refuge, has a real eye for his job. On the job, he’s making use of spotting skills honed by hunting. As an example, Smith said he and two younger refuge employees were recently surveying the deer population, counting how many […]

Home built on love can weather any storm

Joan Clayton Build your house with love and joy that leads to peace. Even through trials and problems, God, who is honored, will never leave your house. A home committed to God has happy hearts. When storm clouds come to this house, let singing break forth. Acknowledging and depending on God preserves our earthly bodies […]

Outdoor guide: Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge

Cannon Connections photo: Clarence Plank Canadian geese and sandhill cranes relax and move around Bitter Lake last October on their way south for winter. • Location: Bitter Lake is located 10 miles northeast of Roswell in Chaves County. It is 1 hour and 33 minutes or 89 miles from Portales. It is 102 miles or […]

Cranes return to refuge

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By Ashley Lee: PNT staff writer There is a wildlife refuge a short journey away. The Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge is the oldest refuge in Texas and home to 250,000 sandhill cranes during the winter season. And winter is the best time to visit, according to refuge manager Harold Beierman. “We have the largest concentration […]

Counting cranes

Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers MULESHOE — From the cab of his white pickup truck, Harold Beierman scans the quiet lakes. He is checking up on some seasonal guests. Peering through a pair of binoculars, he counts the leggy birds, one by one. Beierman will do this every dawn until winter ends. He estimates 16,000 sandhill […]

Bitter Lakes Refuge offers variety of diversions

The Bitter Lakes National Wildlife refuge near Roswell is a great place to hike, hunt, and enjoy birdwatching; thousands of migratory birds make the area their winter home. The wetlands provide a wintering habitat for lesser sandhill cranes, Ross and snow geese, and about 20 species of ducks. Where it is: The Bitterlakes National Wildlife […]