Locals kick off the weekend at Nature in Winter festival

Some New Mexican spent the first weekend of 2019 learning about the great outdoors.

Rio Grande Nature Center State Park hosted its annual Nature in Winter festival Saturday.

It taught people about the amazing wildlife right in our own backyards.

At one point, a great horned owl rehabilitated by Hawks Aloft was released into the wild.

Organizers simply wanted to bring attention to the park’s beauty.

“It’s close to Albuquerque, it’s a gem here in the Albuquerque area and I’m just excited to be celebrating the wildlife here in our backyard,” said Sarah Cottrell Propst with Energy, Minerals, and Natural Resources Department.

More than 240,000 people visited the Rio Grande Nature Center State Park last year.

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