The Mesa Meltdown cross-country ski race will be held on Sunday, March 18, at Skyway on Grand Mesa. This features a 20k and a 5k, both freestyle races starting simultaneously at 10 a.m. Registration is on race day only, $15 for Grand Mesa Nordic Council members, $25 for others. All ages and abilities are welcome. For more information, call 434-9753 or go to www.gmnc.org.
The seventh annual Eckert Crane Days, the annual viewing of the sandhill cranes migrating north from New Mexico through Colorado's West Slope, will be March 16-18. Representatives from the Black Canyon Chapter of the Audubon Society (BCAS) will be at the viewing site east of Eckert at Fruitgrowers Reservoir, 9 to 11 a.m. each day, to answer questions and provide binoculars and spotting scopes.