There’s always something going on here. We missed the sandhill cranes, but saw a huge flock of snow geese. They looked like a giant cloud in the air, then they settled onto one of the lakes right by the road. We estimate there were about 1000 of them. What a sight! Then there are all the resident animals from Harris Hawks to large numbers of elk. They even have cougars and bears, if you’re lucky enough to catch a glimpse. There are a couple of great driving loops that are open from an hour before sunrise to an hour after sunset. You can pick up a map at the visitor center or, if you’re there before they open, as were we, pick one up at the entrance to the drive. The map is in the magazine called Habitat! One of the things that makes this place so much fun to visit is the wonderful visitor center. The people are knowledgeable and they offer one or more films. Be sure to see the one about how they manage the area to keep the habitat inviting to migrating birds. The exhibits are quite engaging. This is a gem of a Wildlife Refuge.