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New Mexico Wildlife Center

by Susan Orth

New Mexico ranks number 45 in U.S. population density and that means there is lots of wildlife!  Santa Feans deeply care about preserving and restoring wildlife and one of the many outstanding organizations doing such work is the New Mexico Wildlife Center (NMWC)  located in nearby Espanola.

NMWC works year-round to conserve and restore native wildlife and their habitats through education, public awareness, strategic partnerships and wildlife rehabilitation.  NMWC is like the Medicaid for Wildlife that receives up to 1,000 injured or orphaned wild animals a year from around the state.  The hospital side of NMWC is the only permitted wildlife hospital in New Mexico and they are the happy recipients of mule deer from Chama, Mississippi kites from Carlsbad, Mexican spotted owls from Deming, mountain lions from Abiquiu and on and on.

Over 75 volunteers (and more gladly accepted!) operate like a tag team for injured wildlife from around the state. When a volunteer in Silver City receives a Harris’s Hawk with a broken wing, they deliver it directly or from city-to-city until it arrives the next day to NMWC’s hospital.

The hawk will be radiographed, hydrated and if necessary have surgery to repair the wing.  While the bird is receiving medication or requires confinement and close supervision, it remains in the hospital. When the time is right, it is transferred outdoors to one of the many “mews” where it can really begin its rehabilitation. Special diets will be devised by staff knowledgeable in wildlife nutrition. An exercise regime may be in order or, if it is a juvenile, it may be placed with an adult of its species to “learn the ropes.”

When the hawk is well enough and staff has tested it to make sure it can navigate its native environment and capture food, NMWC devises a plan for release. This plan will take into consideration: the health of the bird, its normal habitat, its origin, whether or not it migrates, if it is an adult, does it already have a mate in its original territory, what the weather is likely to be at the time of release, what time of day should the animal be released, what are the likely predators for this animal and what is the carrying capacity for this species in the release zone. Finally, a release is executed. It is a wonderful event!

As a non-profit organization, New Mexico Wildlife Center is dependent upon volunteers.  One such volunteer is City Different’s own Bonnie McGowan who has volunteered for years at NMWC on a weekly basis.  Please consider visiting Santa Fe and the New Mexico Wildlife Center. Volunteer needs include cleaning mews and enclosures, feeding the animals, special projects, transporting wildlife, website maintenance, weekend docent, grounds and facilities projects, office assistance, educators/educator handlers, and fundraising/public outreach events.


New Mexico Outdoor Tours

by Susan Orth

Spring is springing here in Santa Fe!  It’s a wonderful time to visit and especially get outdoors in the perfect spring Santa Fe weather!  Check out this guided tour by a local company Outspire Hiking and Snowshoeing  Here is a description of one of their “special” tours:


Some places are just so special they deserve their own category.  Bandelier National Monuments’ archaeological areas, Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks Monument and it's fantastic volcanic past, Ghost Ranch near Abiquiu with its sandstone mesas made famous by Georgia O'Keeffe, and the forested plateaus of the Pecos Wilderness fall into this category for us.  All our tours are hikes, but the ones to these places can be milder (or wilder).

As a professional guide service, Outspire Hiking and Snowshoeing is approved and permitted by the USDA-Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and U.S. Park Service. We are an equal opportunity service provider. Come hiking with Outspire--because sometimes the best inspiration comes from being outside!

Santa Fe Wins National Geographic Award

by Susan Orth

On March 1, 2017 in Berlin, Germany Santa Fe was given yet another prestigious, well-deserved award from an organization that knows a pretty city when it sees one:  The National Geographic.

Santa Fe beat out 100 entries from 45 countries to win a “World Legacy Award” under the “Sense of Place”category.  The awards aim to highlight sustainable and global tourism and recipients represent the future of travel and sustainability.  The awards come as the United Nations declared 2017 "The International Year of Sustainable Tourism Development."

The “Sense of Place Award” was judged on organizations that enhance cultural authenticity, supports and protects historic monuments, archaeological sites, vernacular architecture, indigenous heritage and artistic traditions.

Tourism of Santa Fe Executive Director Randy Randall said, " This is an incredible international honor for Santa Fe to be singled out as number one in 'Sense of Place.' It is a testament to what makes Santa Fe so special and truly The City Different."

"National Geographic stands for exploration, conservation and stellar storytelling. World Legacy Awards celebrate the people, places and experiences that exemplify our mission in the global travel industry," said National Geographic Travel editor-in-chief George Stone in a statement.

This isn't the first time Santa Fe has been recognized by National Geographic. It has been named on the Best Adventure Towns and of The Best High Altitude Cities.  As a state, New Mexico possess three of the 21 coveted World Heritage Sites recognized by the United Nations: Chaco Culture National Historic Park, Taos Pueblo and Carlsbad Caverns National Park.


Top Schools in Santa Fe

by Susan Orth

If you have children in school and you plan on buying a home in Santa Fe, then you no doubt want to find the best schools before you move. rates all the best schools in America, and 4 schools in Santa Fe got a 10 out of 10 rating, based on reviews and test scores. Here are those schools along with a link to search for homes near those schools.

Academy for Tech & Class
74 A Van Nu P.O. Rd Santa Fe, NM 87508
School website
(505) 473-4282
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Acequia Madre Elementary School
700 Acequia Madre Santa Fe, NM 87501
Facebook page
(505) 467-2003
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Atalaya Elementary School
721 Camino Cabra Santa Fe, NM 87501
Facebook page
(505) 467-2003
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Wood-Gormley Elementary School
141 East Booth St Santa Fe, NM 87501
Facebook page
(505) 467-2003
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Eat Well in Las Campanas

by Susan Orth

Las Campanas has much to offer as a community.  One of the many qualities that stand out about Las Campanas in addition to its scenic landscape and spectacular golf courses is the food. Every year, rates the top restaurants in America. Here’s some of the top restaurants from that list in Las Campanas.

Arroyo Vino

Arroyo Vino is both a restaurant and wine shop that prides itself on using fresh seasonal ingredients and products. They purchase ingredients from local farmers, as well as grow their own ingredients on-site in the 2-acre garden. The wine shop has an extensive selection of wines from around the world. Reviewers rave that the service is just as outstanding as the food.

Rawal's Raaga

Chef Paddy Rawal brings his authentic Northern Indian cuisine to Las Campanas with Rawal's Raaga. They also offer dishes that incorporate ingredients from the southwest, along with vegetarian options.  You also get to choose your level of spiciness. 

TerraCotta Wine Bistro

This casual food and wine restaurant is located in a 19th century adobe building and offers globally-inspired cuisine, wine and beer.  TerraCotta is moderately priced and features menu items such as salads, paninis and desserts. 

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Susan Orth
City Different Realty
518 Old Santa Fe Trail #190
Santa Fe NM 87505