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Written by Beth Heller
    Tuesday, 19 February 2013
Memorable Moments

"...the crisp, prehistoric roar of thousands of cranes filled our ears and our heads so fully that we almost needed ear plugs. Their wild calls resonated in our lungs, bones and hearts."

As I’ve, ahem, matured, I’ve noticed that memory is a tricky thing. Sometimes I remember things from years ago as though they happened just moments ago. Sometimes things that happened yesterday are as foggy as if they happened years ago. Today, I’m excited to share something that happened years ago, but I can recall it as if it just happened.

I was driving down a very dry, dusty road with my best friend Molly. We pulled over to get our bearings on a map of the Bosque Del Apache area of New Mexico. As the sound of the car tires crunching the hard earth subsided, we slowly realized we didn’t need the map. A distant rumbling called us to our destination. We followed the sound. A few miles later, the crisp, prehistoric roar of thousands of cranes filled our ears and our heads so fully that we almost needed ear plugs. Their wild calls resonated in our lungs, bones and hearts.

I’ll never forget the awe brought by these graceful, amazing birds gathered en masse. I’m delighted that the Urban Ecology Center is offering that experience for you this November. You are sure to remember it! Attend the orientation on Thursday, March 28th for details!

Beth Heller

Beth Heller

Senior Director of Education and Strategic Planning, Beth received her Masters in Business Administration from UW-Milwaukee in 2005, where she received the Outstanding Business Plan award for a plan to launch a branch of the Urban Ecology Center in Washington Park. She graduated from Lawrence University in Appleton, WI in 1994 with a B.A. degree in Biology and Education. Beth began working at the Urban Ecology Center in 2000 to combine her love of the city with her appreciation of nature. Beth loves to sail, bike, sing and hike.

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