2013 Schedule of Events
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Tuesday, November 19th


Sandhill Crane Behavior            
5:30 AM to 11:30 AM                                              
TU-scb    $85               Bus Stop, Bosque Visitor Center
The most comprehensive training on cranes offered at any crane festival, this morning-long workshop will teach you many of the common vocalizations, body language and other characteristics of sandhill cranes. You’ll learn to recognize juveniles, tell subspecies apart, distinguish between dancing and aggression and many other details that will help you better understand and appreciate sandhill cranes. At first light we will listen to the cranes on their roosting spots to identify vocalizations and other behaviors. We then move to the classroom for breakfast and viewing many behaviors on film before traveling to different locations on the refuge to watch and interpret crane interactions. Your instructors are Paul Tebbel and Keanna Leonard. Warm shoes and warm, layered clothing recommended. Offered Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.  Limit 20.

Deadly Beauty Behavior            
8:00 AM to 11:00 AM
TU-dbb     $30              San Antonio, Owl Bar
Live raptors in the field! Explore the strategies that hawks and falcons use to catch their prey and raise their young with falconer, raptor breeder, and wildlife rehabilitator Matthew Mitchell. Trained hawks and falcons will be released to fly, chase lures, and possibly even hunt wild quarry (viewers be warned!). This group will meet at the west side of the Owl Café in San Antonio at 8:00 AM and carpool a short distance to an area where the birds can be flown safely. Bring your questions and binoculars. Cameras are allowed, but no dogs, please.  Limit 30.

*Might be our Final Year!*
Land, Sea and Air            
8:30 AM to 2:00 PM
TU-lsa  $110               Marina del Sur, Elephant Butte Lake
Sea birds, diving ducks, cormorants, grebes, white pelicans and more can be found in a dramatic geological setting at Elephant Butte Lake. Join volunteers Steve Green and Cathie Sandell for this exciting trip aboard a 44-foot twin-engine houseboat, followed by birding on land. Breakfast snacks and a full lunch, featuring locally grown and produced foods, will be served. The boat will leave promptly at 9:00 AM from Marina del Sur at Elephant Butte State Park and will return to the same location around noon. From there we caravan (5-10 minutes) to the riparian area at the base of Elephant Butte Dam for more birding. Take exit 83 on I-25 and follow signs to the State Park. As the park is a 90-minute drive from Socorro, you may want to stay the night before the trip in Truth or Consequences. We will be happy to send information on accommodations close to the tour site. The price of the tour is refundable if the weather is such that the trip has to be canceled. Be sure to note your dietary requirements on the meals page of the registration form. Warm clothing is recommended.  Limit 14. Offered Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

*New*
Artistic Imagery Photo Workshop        
10:30 AM to 12:00 PM                                            
TU-aipw   $30              Bosque Visitor Center
Deborah Sandidge, a professional photographer, will cover interpretation of a subject for the best photographic outcome, to complementing your image through creative post processing. Deb will share with you many imaginative and useful tools and techniques, which will allow you to create unique and beautiful photographs. She will also show you how to easily apply her favorite Photoshop plug-ins, textures and filters allowing you to expand your creative palette. Offered Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.  Limit 30.

Horseback Adventure for the Novice  
11:30 AM to 3:30 PM
TU-han   $90                          Lemitar Truck Stop
Are you looking for an adventure to complete your visit to the diverse and exciting Festival of Cranes? Come join trail boss Dacodah Herkenhoff through the beautiful desert landscape of San Lorenzo Canyon in historic San Acacia, only 45 minutes north of Bosque del Apache Refuge. During this intimate horseback tour of the hidden canyon you will travel up and down the winding trail across the red rock cliffs, over rolling hills flourishing with mesquite, and through sandy riverbeds abundant with wildlife. This ride is for those who consider themselves beginners or are new to riding. Please dress in layers and wear closed-toe shoes for the ride and bring a snack and water. If you have any other questions about this ride please contact Dacodah Herkenhoff at 575-517-0477. For more information about Acacia Riding Adventures please visit www.acaciaridingadventures.com. Meet at the truck stop off I-25 at the Lemitar exit, 8 miles north of Socorro. Offered  Tuesday, Thursday. Advanced Adventure offered Wednesday.  Limit 15.

*New*
Photography Intensive Workshop        
12:30 PM to 6:00 PM Tuesday and
5:30 AM to 11:30 AM Wednesday                       
TU-piw    $180             Bosque Visitor Center
Russ Burden, a professional photographer, has a special treat for all who sign up for this intensive in the field, classroom, post processing, and photo editing workshop. Made up of four sessions over two days so you’ll certainly get your bang for your buck. The classroom portion begins in the early afternoon at 12:30 PM and lasts till 3:00 PM. You’ll be shown the ins and outs of what makes the difference between a great image of an avian subject vs a snapshot rendering. We’ll also discuss how to set up your cameras to acquire the best images of birds in flight. Armed with this information, we’ll carpool out on the refuge for a sunset session to apply the learned classroom concepts to the birds of Bosque. We’ll arrive at our first location by 3:30 PM to begin our two and a half hours of photography. The highlight will be the fly ins of the sandhill cranes and snow geese as they roost in ponds to keep themselves safe during the night. The following morning we’ll convene at a designated location and drive into the refuge early enough to photograph the morning blast offs of thousands of snow geese in addition to solitary and small group take offs of numerous sandhill cranes. We’ll spend two and a half hours in the field. While we’re in the field, we’ll also take the opportunity to make environmental scenics of the birds on location. If the cottonwoods are still in color we’ll position ourselves to include the autumn hues in our frames. We’ll then make our way back to the classroom and spend approximately two hours discussing strategies for optimizing the photos you captured during the sunset and sunrise field sessions. Part of that time will be spent critiquing your photos. With regards to the optimizing portion, Russ will utilize Photoshop and Nik software as he knows both software programs intimately. Russ will be able to provide one-on-one classroom attention with each of you who partake. Some of the most magnificent sunrises and sunsets ever experienced have occurred in New Mexico. Be sure to sign up early for this workshop so Russ can share all his tips and how to combine them with the amazing bird activity at Bosque del Apache. Breakfast will be provided while we’re in the classroom on Wednesday before the classroom session. Offered Tuesday/Wednesday and Friday/Saturday.  Limit 12.

*New*
Digital Infrared Photo Workshop          
1:30 PM to 3:00 PM                                                 
TU-dipw              $30               Bosque Visitor Center
Deborah Sandidge, a professional photographer, illustrates the beauty of infrared as it applies to landscapes, architecture, and wildlife. This presentation is designed for photographers interested in infrared photography, as well as those currently shooting in infrared. From understanding infrared light and the latest filter choices, to imaginative techniques in photographing, and in post-processing in Photoshop, Deb will share insightful and creative techniques that you can immediately apply to your infrared photography. Offered Tuesday and Saturday.  Limit 30.

Refuge Birding Tour                               
2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
TU-rbt   $12            Bus Stop, Bosque Visitor Center
The Refuge Birding Tour focuses on the species that can be seen within Bosque del Apache Refuge. The exact tour route will depend on the distribution of birds on that day. Offered Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.  Limit 40.

*New*
Owling Expedition Lecture        
4:00 PM to 5:00 PM   Lecture only
TU-oel     $15                     Bosque Visitor Center
Two of our most experienced birders Michael Hilchey and Raymond VanBuskirk offer an uncommon possibility. Elusive and beautiful, owls are a highly sought-after bird on any serious birder’s life list. Their mysterious nocturnal lifestyle captures our imagination and fuels our desire to find them. But for that same reason they are often hard to find and even harder to see; unless you know how to look that is. This lecture is geared not so much at owl ID (although we will definitely cover that too) as much as HOW to find owls. We hope to improve your owling skills to the point where you feel confident to plan and execute a productive owling adventure on your own! This is the lecture part only that consists of a one hour class. If interested in the guided tour of the refuge in search of owls -- see below. This trip is part of our featured “Birder’s Corner” and is sponsored and guided by BRANT.  Limit 10.

*New*
Owling Expedition Intensive      
4:00 PM to 5:00 PM   Lecture and
5:00 PM to 9:00 PM   Tour                      
TU-oew               $80               Bosque Visitor Center

Two of our most experienced birders Michael Hilchey and Raymond VanBuskirk offer an uncommon possibility. Elusive and beautiful, owls are a highly sought-after bird on any serious birder’s life list. Their mysterious nocturnal lifestyle captures our imagination and fuels our desire to find them. But for that same reason they are often hard to find and even harder to see; unless you know how to look that is. This workshop is geared not so much at owl ID (although we will definitely cover that too) as much as HOW to find owls. We hope to improve your owling skills to the point where you feel confident to plan and execute a productive owling adventure on your own! This workshop consists of a one hour class followed immediately by a guided tour of the refuge in search of owls. This trip is part of our featured “Birder’s Corner” and is sponsored and guided by BRANT. A box dinner will be provided.  Limit 20.

 


Wednesday, November 20th

Rocket Nets and Bird Bands                 
5:30 AM to 9:30 AM
WE-rnbb   $35        Bus Stop, Bosque Visitor Center
Banding is one of the most important tools available to wildlife managers for managing migratory bird populations. Data from banding programs provides information on seasonal and annual movements and population dynamics. Typically waterfowl banding is conducted on the breeding grounds: wintering grounds such as Bosque del Apache Refuge seldom run active banding programs. Bosque del Apache Refuge is unique. Over the past 20 years several banding efforts have been conducted as part of refuge research including projects on sandhill cranes, snow geese, Canada geese and several puddle ducks. In 2005 with the international concern over highly pathogenic avian influenza (H5N1), Bosque del Apache Refuge partnered with USDA APHIS and the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish to monitor wild waterfowl populations for the presence of the disease.  The refuge’s latest banding program is part of this effort. Join refuge biologists John Vradenburg and Ashley Inslee as they work with APHIS and New Mexico Department of Game and Fish staff to capture, sample, and band ducks on the refuge’s wetlands. Warm clothing is advised--it will be cold!  Limit 15.

Sandhill Crane Behavior            
5:30 AM to 11:30 AM                                              
WE-scb   $85                Bus Stop, Bosque Visitor Center
The most comprehensive training on cranes offered at any crane festival, this morning-long workshop will teach you many of the common vocalizations, body language and other characteristics of sandhill cranes. You’ll learn to recognize juveniles, tell subspecies apart, distinguish between dancing and aggression and many other details that will help you better understand and appreciate sandhill cranes. At first light we will listen to the cranes on their roosting spots to identify vocalizations and other behaviors. We then move to the classroom for breakfast and viewing many behaviors on film before traveling to different locations on the refuge to watch and interpret crane interactions. Your instructors are Paul Tebbel and Keanna Leonard. Warm shoes and warm, layered clothing recommended. Offered Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.  Limit 20.

*New*
Photograph Birds in Flight Workshop             
5:30 AM to 11:30 AM   
WE-pbfw   $90             Bus Stop, Bosque Visitor Center
How-To Successfully Photograph Birds in Flight - Step by Step Guide. Are you having a difficult time photographing birds in flight? Are you looking for a different technique that can help you improve your chances of photographing birds in flight? Learn step by step how to successfully photograph birds in flight. This hands-on equipment seminar is all about panning and how to manage your focusing system using a very unique technique. Let Maxis Gamez, a professional photographer, be your guide. Learn long lens panning technique using your tripod and hand held panning techniques using your short and long lens. Learn how to manage your focusing system to work for you. No more birds in flight frustrations! Field workshop will be followed by a classroom seminar that includes breakfast. We’ll talk about the benefits of using Quick Mask in Photoshop. Offered Wednesday and Friday.  Limit 12. 

*New*
Mountain Birding Intensive   
6:00 AM to 12:30 PM  
WE-mbi  $80   Macey Center Parking Lot, Socorro
Two of our most experienced birders Michael Hilchey and Raymond VanBuskirk offer Mountain Birding Intensive. Bosque del Apache Refuge is an amazing place to bird but there is more to Central New Mexico than just wetlands. The Magdalena Mountains west of Socorro offer a huge diversity of birds that you can’t find on the refuge. Species such as acorn woodpecker, pygmy nuthatch, juniper titmouse, Cassin’s finch and northern pygmy-owl are all icons of the Southwest and all can be seen on this tour. Additionally, the rich Chihuahuan grasslands of the region produce many species of sparrows and longspurs. So when you’re ready to venture out of the wetlands and into the pine forests and grasslands, sign up for this tour! This trip is part of our “Birder’s Corner” and is sponsored and guided by BRANT. Don’t forget to bring your breakfast and plenty of drinking water. Friends will provide a light snack. Limit 20.

Deadly Beauty Photography             
8:00 AM to 11:30 AM
WE-dbp   $60                           San Antonio, Owl Bar
Live raptors in the field! Hawks, falcons and eagles will be the star performers as they are released to fly, chase lures, and possibly hunt wild quarry (viewers be warned!). Falconer and wildlife rehabilitator Matthew Mitchell will give priority to the needs of photographers as he exercises his trained raptors. A professional wildlife photographer will be on site offering photography techniques and tips. This group will meet at the west side of the Owl Café in San Antonio at 8:00 AM and carpool a short distance to an area where the birds can be flown safely. Bring your questions, tripods, cameras and binoculars. Please, no dogs!  Limit 15.

*Might be our Final Year!*
Land, Sea and Air                             
8:30 AM to 2:00 PM
WE-lsa   $110   Marina del Sur, Elephant Butte Lake
Sea birds, diving ducks, cormorants, grebes, white pelicans and more can be found in a dramatic geological setting at Elephant Butte Lake. Join volunteers Steve Green and Cathie Sandell for this exciting trip aboard a 44-foot twin-engine houseboat, followed by birding on land. Breakfast snacks and a full lunch, featuring locally grown and produced foods, will be served. The boat leaves promptly at 9:00 AM from Marina del Sur at Elephant Butte State Park and returns to the same location around noon. From there we caravan (5-10 minutes) to the riparian area at the base of Elephant Butte Dam for more birding. Take exit 83 on I-25 and follow signs to the State Park. The park is a 90-minute drive from Socorro; you may want to stay the night before the trip in Truth or Consequences. We will be happy to send information on accommodations close to the tour. The price of the tour is refundable if the weather is such that the trip has to be cancelled. Be sure to note your dietary requirements on the meals page of the registration form. Warm clothing is recommended.  Limit 14. Offered Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

*New*
Birding Sevilleta! East Side                  
8:30 AM to 3:00 PM
WE-bse   $30                                       Sevilleta NWR
Discover another side of Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge! Explore Chihuahuan desert, grasslands and piñon-juniper woodlands in search of some winged residents! Enjoy this rare opportunity to discover the magic of Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge and its many inhabitants! Wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather. This tour includes some easy to moderate walking over uneven terrain. Don’t forget your lunch and plenty of drinking water. Take I-25 north from Socorro to exit 169, turn west and go 1/4 mile to the refuge visitor center.  Limit 12.

Raptor ID Tour                
8:45 AM to 11:30 AM
WE-rit   $25                 Bus Stop, Bosque Visitor Center
Join Gail Garber from Hawks Aloft to scout out some of the many species of raptors that winter in the Rio Grande Valley. We’ll visit public areas of Bosque del Apache Refuge and possibly travel some of the back roads of Socorro County in search of rarities such as Harlan’s red-tailed hawk and more. Offered Wednesday and Thursday.  Limit 22.

*New*
Silhouetting Photography                      
9:00 AM to 9:40 AM
WE-sp   $12                                   Bosque Expo Tent
Professional photographer and experienced birder Kathryn Dow presents silhouetting photography shots. Learn what to set your camera on to acquire the rich blacks of the subject being silhouetted and bring the color saturation up of the surrounding sunrise/sunset.  Limit 30.

Migration of Cranes        
9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
WE-mc   $7                            Macey Center, Socorro
Join photojournalists, birders and adventurers, Erv Nichols and Sandra Noll on an 8 month photo-journey following sandhill cranes from Bosque del Apache Refuge to northern Alaska where many cranes nest and raise their young. Along the way you will learn about sandhill cranes’ wintering, breeding and migratory habitats, mating and nesting behaviors, as well as the sophisticated communication and colt- rearing practices of this fascinating bird. Erv and Sandra will also share stories and photos of other birds and wildlife and the people and places they encountered on this migratory journey.  Limit 65.

*New*
Spotting Hard to Find Birds                   
10:00 AM to 10:40 AM
WE-shfb   $12                                Bosque Expo Tent
Professional photographer and experienced birder Kathryn Dow presents her techniques for spotting hard to find birds.  Her presentation will demonstrate how to apply these techniques, including evaluating the time and conditions during the day for the best bird photographs.  Limit 30.

*New*
Photographing Waterfalls                      
11:00 AM to 11:40 AM
WE-pw   $12                                  Bosque Expo Tent
Professional photographer and experienced birder Kathryn Dow presents photographing waterfalls. Learn what tools to use to acquire dreamy smooth waterfalls and what settings are best on your camera to get the correct look. Kathryn will project photo examples while explaining settings and equipment used.  Limit 30.

Duck Ecology                   
11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
WE-de   $7                  Macey Center, Socorro
Ducks are the dominant avifauna of wetland systems and one of the most successful avian groups in the world. Representatives breed on every continent with the exception of Antarctica. The success of this group of birds is tied to the diversity in size and shape of various parts of their body. These physical features allow ducks to travel great distances, be reactive to wetland availability, and survive through periods of poor habitat condition. In this presentation land management research and demonstration biologist John Vradenburg will discuss duck ecology as it relates to habitat use, migration timing and distance, and reproductive strategies. Emphasis will be placed on  species common to Bosque del Apache Refuge.  Limit 65.

Horseback Adventure for the Skilled       
11:30 AM to 3:30 PM
WE-has   $90                          Lemitar Truck Stop
The High Ridge Trail is the focus of this ride through the beautiful desert landscape of San Lorenzo Canyon in historic San Acacia, only 45 minutes north of Bosque del Apache Refuge. Trail Boss Dacodah Herkenhoff will guide you to stunning views from atop the red sandstone cliffs of the trail. This tour is for those who consider themselves intermediate or advanced riders as it requires steep climbing uphill and down. The sure-footed horses will carry you safely, but if you have a fear of heights, this is not the ride for you; consider the adventure offered on Tuesday or Thursday instead. Please dress in layers and wear closed-toe shoes for the ride and bring water and a snack. If you have any other questions about this ride please contact Dacodah Herkenhoff at 575-517-0477. For more information about Acacia Riding Adventures please visit www.acaciaridingadventures.com. Meet at the truck stop off I-25 at the Lemitar exit, 8 miles north of Socorro.  Limit 15.

*New*
Photography Technical Advice              
12:00 PM to 1:15 PM
WE-pta   $12                                 Bosque Expo Tent
Join me with your lunch for a personalized technical advice session on photography and equipment. Professional photographer and experienced birder Kathryn Dow is on call to answer any technical questions you have on equipment - what you have or what you are looking to purchase, including how powerful of focal length lens you need and suggestions to consider for the budget-minded while balancing the results you want to achieve. She’ll answer questions on a wide range of products.  Limit 30.

*New*
DSLR Photography for Beginners to Intermediates- with Robert O’Toole       
12:30 PM to 6:00 PM             
WE-dslrbi            $90               Bosque Visitor Center
Award winning photographer Robert O’Toole will show you how to gain control of your DSLR and get the right picture every time by understanding which controls and settings matter most. You will learn how to set up and use your autofocus system for the sharpest, most professional results possible. See how creatively controlling color, light and composition will allow you to take your photography to the next level and make your photos stand out from the crowd. You will gain techniques for assessing conditions in the field to be in the right place at the right time for the best action and opportunities possible. Offered Wednesday and Friday.  Limit 14.

Raptor ID                                              
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
WE-rid   $10                       Macey Center, Socorro
Live raptors up close! Have you always wondered about the mysterious world of raptor identification and just what that large hawk flying overhead might be? Join Gail Garber for an enlightening look into the world of raptors and how to distinguish them from one another. Plumage characteristics, season, behavior and habitat all provide clues to their identity.  Thanks to the wildlife photographers that donate their work to Hawks Aloft, this program promises to be a visual art show.  Limit 65.

Refuge Birding Tour                               
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
WE-rbt   $12            Bus Stop, Bosque Visitor Center
The Refuge Birding Tour focuses on the species that can be seen within Bosque del Apache Refuge. The exact tour route will depend on the distribution of birds on that day. Offered Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.  Limit 40.

*New*
Long Exposure Creativity Workshop   
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
WE-lecw              $30               Bosque Visitor Center
Deborah Sandidge, a professional photographer, presents Long Exposure Creativity. One of the fascinating aspects of photography is the ability to convey the passage of time, or to create a sense of motion through the art and technique of long exposure.  You can create beautiful long exposure images at the edge of night and beyond, and capture surreal photos during the brightness of day. By the use of neutral density filters, you can calm the crashing waves of an ocean, softly blur clouds across the sky, and create the impression of emptiness on busy walkways and streets.  This changes everything, the reality, the mood, and the drama of a composition, allowing you to create expressive, fine art imagery. Offered Wednesday and Saturday.  Limit 30.

*New*
Bosque Hot Spots: Photography            
1:30 PM to 2:10 PM
WE-bhs  $12                                  Bosque Expo Tent
Professional photographer and experienced birder Kathryn Dow presents Bosque Hot Spots. Find the beautiful spots during the key times of day, and be there to get the shot! Learn what areas are the best for landscapes and wildlife. Know where to set up, whether you are covering the crane pools in the morning, flight decks at sunrise, or the beautiful back part off the south loop at sunset (the parts that almost look like Africa).  Limit 30.

Hummers to Eagles: The Magical World of Birds
3:00 PM to 4:25 PM
WE-hem $15.00 Macey Center, Socorro
Featuring avian species from around the world, this program features the wildlife photography of Weldon Lee. The first segment begins with stunning images of hummingbirds from North and South America and ends with dramatic depictions of our national symbol, the Bald Eagle — all of this set to the enchanting Native American flute music of Carlos Nakai. Afterwards, Weldon takes you behind the scenes and explains what went into the making of select images portrayed during the first segment, such as the setups he uses when photographing hummingbirds. He also discusses his choice of equipment for photographing wildlife. This presentation is a solution to the common slide show. Some are calling it a concert. That’s right . . . a "Photography Concert." From hummers to eagles, the program is an all-out feast for the senses. An once-in-a-lifetime presentation you simply can't miss! Limit 65.

Cranes 101 Workshop     
3:00 PM to 5:30 PM
WE-c101   $25             Bosque Visitor Center
Join photojournalists, birders and adventurers, Erv Nichols and Sandra Noll for a basic workshop in the lives of sandhill cranes. Learn about crane biology and what to look for when crane-watching on the refuge. Cranes are fascinating birds to watch once you understand their actions and calls. They will present in class interesting examples of behavior, migration, communication and facts about these fascinating birds, all with a bit of humor and beautiful photos to boot! The class runs approximately 45 minutes followed by a field trip to fly-in for field observations and photo opportunities.  Limit 40.

Walk In to Fly In                                    
4:30 PM to 6:00 PM
WE-wifi   $5             Bus Stop, Bosque Visitor Center
As the shadows grow long and the sun begins to set, thousands of geese and cranes return to the nighttime safety of the marshes at the refuge. Meet at the visitor center parking lot for a short bus ride and walk to the roost area to view this spectacular scene. Wear comfortable shoes and dress warmly. Offered Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  Limit 44.

*New*
Night Photography Workshop    
4:30 PM to 7:00 PM     
WE-npw    $65             City Hall Parking Lot, Socorro
Deborah Sandidge transforms the ordinary night scene into something magical, providing a wonderful opportunity to expand your creative and artistic options. Learn how to capture extraordinary night scenes and master the techniques of photographing at twilight, also known as the “blue” hour, to create compositions with impact.  Discover the tips, techniques and tools that will help you make creative and compelling night images.  Learn how the use of certain filters can accentuate a composition, and bring more drama and passion into a photograph. Offered Wednesday and Saturday.  Limit 15.

*New*
Dinner Theater:  The Lion in Winter                     
5:30 PM to 9:30 PM
WE-dt   $38                  Garcia Opera House, Socorro
Cash bar 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Dinner and Performance 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM

The Socorro Community Theater will present “The Lion in Winter” by James Goldman at the historic Garcia Opera House. Be transported back to Christmas in 1183. Join wily King Henry II, his plotting sons, his vulnerable young mistress and his designing, estranged wife. King Henry and Queen Eleanor battle over who is to be heir to the kingdom with dry wit and intrigue that will keep you riveted.  The three sons--courageous Richard the Lionheart, slithery Geoffrey, and spoiled John--keep the action moving, especially when joined by the insidious young King Philip of France. The fast moving pace of this classic dramatic comedy offers royal entertainment! For dinner menu information or to order the vegetarian option, please call SCT at 575-835-2564 after Labor Day, or visit www.socorro.com/sct. Registration is required by Friday, November 15th.  Limit 60.

 


Thursday, November 21st

Walk Out to Fly Out                               
5:30 AM to 7:30 AM
TH-wofo   $5            Bus Stop, Bosque Visitor Center
It’s early, it’s dark, and it’s cold, but this is one event you shouldn’t miss. When thousands of cranes and geese take flight, the sight and sound are spectacular. Dress warmly and meet in the visitor center parking lot for a short bus ride and walk to the roosting area. Offered Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Limit 90.

*New*
Bosque Birding Intensive                       
5:30 AM to 11:30 AM
TH-bbi   $85            Bus Stop, Bosque Visitor Center
A trip for birders, this tour will provide you with the most experienced guides the Bosque has to offer for a full morning of refuge birding. Bosque del Apache Refuge is one of THE BEST birding destinations in the country! We’ll spend the morning experiencing all the birds on the refuge, from waterfowl & raptors to sparrows & blackbirds! This trip is part of our “Birder’s Corner” and is sponsored and guided by BRANT. Your guides include Michael Hilchey, Raymond VanBuskirk, Cecil Kimberlin and Jason Kitting. A packed breakfast box is provided. Offered Thursday and Friday.  Limit 12.

Sandhill Crane Behavior                       
5:30 AM to 11:30 AM
TH-scb   $85            Bus Stop, Bosque Visitor Center
The most comprehensive training on cranes offered at any crane festival, this morning-long workshop will teach you many of the common vocalizations, body language and other characteristics of sandhill cranes. You’ll learn to recognize juveniles, tell subspecies apart, distinguish between dancing and aggression and many other details that will help you better understand and appreciate sandhill cranes. At first light we will listen to the cranes on their roosting spots to identify vocalizations and other behaviors. We then move to the classroom for breakfast and viewing many behaviors on film before traveling to different locations on the refuge to watch and interpret crane interactions. Your instructors are Paul Tebbel and Keanna Leonard. Warm shoes and warm, layered clothing recommended. Offered Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.  Limit 20.

*New*
Manual Exposure Photo Workshop      
5:30 AM to 11:30 AM
TH-mepw   $90                        Bus Stop, Bosque Visitor Center
Manual Exposure, Studying Your Histogram, Composition and How-To Optimize Your Fill Flash Technique
Manual exposure is a topic a lot of photographers struggle with. Learn how to manage your exposure by studying and analyzing your histogram. This seminar is full of information and will help you understand the key element of a successful fill flash technique that will change your photography. Let Maxis Gamez, a professional photographer, be your guide and help you understand how to make these techniques work for you. Topics covered in this seminar: understanding manual exposure; how to read and analyze your histogram for the ultimate exposure control; a key tool every photographer should have and how to use it; composition and subject interaction; and fill flash the easy way. No more boring images! Field workshop will be followed by a classroom seminar that includes mid-morning breakfast. We’ll talk about what we learned and how to process your images using Photoshop. Offered Thursday and Saturday.  Limit 12.

Deadly Beauty Raptors and Man        
8:00 AM to 11:00 AM
TH-dbrm   $40                         San Antonio, Owl Bar
Live raptors in the field! Join falconer and wildlife rehabilitator Matthew Mitchell with his free flying raptors as he highlights the inter connectedness of birds of prey in our lives. The discussion will focus on falconry, captive breeding, and raptor rehabilitation. We will watch trained hawks and falcons play, fly, and yes, hunt....participants be warned! This group will meet at the west side of the Owl Café in San Antonio at 8:00 AM and carpool a short distance to an area where the birds can be flown safely. Bring your questions, tripods, cameras and binoculars. Please, no dogs!  Limit 24.

*Might be our Final Year!*
Land, Sea and Air                                 
8:30 AM to 2:00 PM
TH-lsa   $110   Marina del Sur, Elephant Butte Lake
Sea birds, diving ducks, cormorants, grebes, white pelicans and more can be found in a dramatic geological setting at Elephant Butte Lake. Join volunteers Steve Green and Cathie Sandell for this exciting trip aboard a 44-foot twin-engine houseboat, followed by birding on land. Breakfast snacks and a full lunch, featuring locally grown and produced foods, will be served. The boat will leave promptly at 9 AM from Marina del Sur at Elephant Butte State Park and will return to the same location around noon. From there we caravan (5-10 minutes) to the riparian area at the base of Elephant Butte Dam for more birding. Take exit 83 on I-25 and follow signs to the State Park. As the park is a 90-minute drive from Socorro, you may want to stay the night before the trip in Truth or Consequences. We will be happy to send information on accommodations close to the tour site. The price of the tour is refundable if the weather is such that the trip has to be cancelled. Be sure to note your dietary requirements on the meals page of the registration form. Warm clothing is recommended.  Limit 14. Offered Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

 *New*
Birding Sevilleta! West Side                 
8:30 AM to 3:00 PM
TH-bsw   $30                                       Sevilleta NWR
Discover another side of Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge! Explore Chihuahuan desert, grasslands and piñon-juniper woodlands in search of some winged residents! Enjoy this rare opportunity to discover the magic of Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge and its many inhabitants! Wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather. This tour includes some easy to moderate walking over uneven terrain. Don’t forget your lunch and plenty of drinking water. Take I-25 north from Socorro to exit 169, turn west and go 1/4 mile to the refuge visitor center. Limit 12.

Raptor ID Tour                
8:45 AM to 11:30 AM
TH-rit   $25      Bus Stop, Bosque Visitor Center
Join Gail Garber from Hawks Aloft to scout out some of the many species of raptors that winter in the Rio Grande Valley. We’ll visit public areas of Bosque del Apache Refuge and possibly travel some of the back roads of Socorro County in search of rarities such as Harlan’s red-tailed hawk and more. This event is offered Wednesday and Thursday.   Limit 22. Meet at the visitor center bus stop.

Science Behind the Scenery                
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM                                              
TH-sbs     Free                          Bosque Visitor Center
Meet the researchers in the visitor center Thursday morning as several of the researchers who have projects on the refuge will gather to talk about their projects. It’s a great time to ask questions and get to know them better. Their posters will hang in the visitor center entryway, with new ones displayed each day. Stop and take a look!

*New*
Angles in Photography                           
9:00 AM to 9:40 AM
TH-ap   $12                                   Bosque Expo Tent
Professional photographer and experienced birder Kathryn Dow shows you how to push your composition to every possible angle. Cover stationery objects like landscapes, and develop your eye for framing with your camera’s lens providing impact in your finished image. Learn when to snap birds, like watching with patience until the bird looks into the light to catch their eye’s reflection, bringing life into your image. Learn what makes a difference!  Limit 30.

All About Raptors                                 
9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
TH-aar   $35                                      Bosque Lounge
Join an experienced raptor handler for this comprehensive course on the identification of birds of prey. Dr. Kathleen Ramsay will combine live education birds, photographs and field observation to help you learn to recognize such things as the plumage variations in red-tailed hawks to telling the age of an immature bald eagle. This workshop will focus on specific features of different species while also providing you with interesting information about their habitat needs and behavior. Dr. Ramsay has been doing wildlife rehabilitation for 30+ years. The first hour is classroom lecture in the lounge and then you will tour the refuge for two hours. Offered Thursday and Friday.  Limit 20.

*New*
HDR Creating Dynamic Images
Photo Workshop              
9:00 AM to 10:30 AM                                              
TH-hdr    $30               Bosque Visitor Center
Deborah Sandidge, a professional photographer, will show you how the art and technique of HDR allows you to create extraordinary and dramatic story-telling images. With HDR, a new image is created by combining a variety of exposures to reveal incredible detail, color, and definition throughout the highlight, mid-tone, and shadow areas. The process of shooting a scene and merging the images through software is easily accomplished, allowing the digital photographer to create high impact images with exceptional dynamic range. Deb will discuss techniques for combining HDR images, single image HDR processing, and various plug-ins to complement your HDR image.  Limit 30.

Backyard Bird Feeding                          
9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
TH-bbf   $7                            Macey Center, Socorro
For beginners and old hands alike, Barbara May of Wild Birds Unlimited will discuss backyard bird feeding, ways to enhance your backyard birding habitat and the latest in feeding equipment. Limit 65.

*New*
Dust Bunnies in My Camera                   
10:00 AM to 10:40 AM
TH-dbmc   $12                              Bosque Expo Tent
Professional photographer and experienced birder Kathryn Dow presents Dust Bunnies in My Camera - Cleaning your Camera’s Sensor. This class is designed to show you how easy it is to clean your digital camera’s sensor. Learn how to prevent getting dust on your sensor and the steps to take in removing unwanted debris. Get an understanding of the important do’s and don’ts regarding this process so you won’t harm the delicate sensor.   Limit 30.

Hike: Mines in the Magdalenas, a geology and cultural history hike                                                      
10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
TH-hmm $5                        Meet at Macey Center
In the 1880s, Socorro County was the center of a silver and gold mining boom. Individual miners were able to stake claims in the Socorro and Magdalena Mountains and extracted on average 10 ounces of silver for every ton of silver bearing rock mined. The area produced between $7 million and $9 million in silver from 1880-1902.  This 2-hour, 2.5 mile hike along an old wagon trail in Water Canyon takes you past the remnants of a long gone miner’s sluice where the miners used water and gravity to separate heavier ore bearing rock from soils and lighter stones.   The silver, the mines and the miners are long gone, but the interesting geology and the beauty of the pine forest remain. The hike follows ridge lines and while there is no significant elevation change on the trail, the entire hike is at 8400 feet above sea level.   Even a level trail can be challenging for individuals who are not acclimated to the area.  Light hiking shoes are recommended as well as warm clothing because of the altitude.  Take Highway 60 west of Socorro approximately 15 miles to the Water Canyon turnoff. Follow the paved road. We’ll meet at the restroom parking lot where the paved road ends and carpool to the trail head.  Limit 12.

*New*
Sunglasses for Your Camera                  
11:00 AM to 11:40 AM
TH-syc   $12                                  Bosque Expo Tent
Professional photographer and experienced birder Kathryn Dow presents Sunglasses for your Camera - Optical Filters to Enhance Your Images. This class is designed to demonstrate the usefulness of optical filters. You will learn how to use polarizing and neutral density filters to enhance your photographic experience. The class will teach you how filters can be used to slow down shutter speeds to create stunning effects.  Limit 30.

 *New*
Burrowing Owls and Predators             
11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
TH-bop  $10                          Macey Center, Socorro
Live birds up close! Throughout their range in Canada, the U.S., and Mexico, burrowing owls are listed to varying degrees as a species of concern due to their declining populations.  Monitoring of the owls on Kirtland Air Force Base began in 1998, and the study is conducted annually to assess population trends and reproductive success. A sharp decline in both population size and reproductive rates has been documented in recent years.  In order to investigate the high rate of nest failure, motion-activated cameras were installed near nest sites.  Cameras were set to record videos, and they documented many breeding behaviors, prey deliveries, nestling activities, and interactions with other species. Videos also recorded high levels of badger and coyote activity, and they helped researchers attribute the majority of recent nest failure to predation. Join Kirsten Cruz for an informative presentation about burrowing owl ecology and behavior, with photographs, videos, and of course, avian ambassadors.  Limit 65.

Horseback Adventure for the Novice  
11:30 AM to 3:30 PM
TH-han   $90                          Lemitar Truck Stop
Are you looking for an adventure to complete your visit to the diverse and exciting Festival of Cranes? Come join trail boss Dacodah Herkenhoff through the beautiful desert landscape of San Lorenzo Canyon in historic San Acacia, only 45 minutes north of Bosque del Apache Refuge. During this intimate horseback tour of the hidden canyon you will travel up and down the winding trail across the red rock cliffs, over rolling hills flourishing with mesquite, and through sandy riverbeds abundant with wildlife. This ride is for those who consider themselves beginners or are new to riding. Please dress in layers and wear closed-toe shoes for the ride and bring a snack and water. If you have any other questions about this ride please contact Dacodah Herkenhoff at 575-517-0477. For more information about Acacia Riding Adventures please visit www.acaciaridingadventures.com.  Limit 10. Meet at the truck stop off I-25 at the Lemitar exit, 8 miles north of Socorro. Offered  Tuesday, Thursday. Advanced Adventure offered Wednesday.  Limit 15.

*New*
Creating Sunbeams in Photos                
12:15 PM to 12:55 PM
TH-csp   $12                                  Bosque Expo Tent
Professional photographer and experienced birder Kathryn Dow presents Creating Sunbeams in Photos - Taking Control of Natural Light with Reflectors and Diffusers. This class will teach you how to use natural light in your images by  using reflectors and diffusers to enhance the natural light that is available. The techniques taught in this class will be particularly useful to those interested in macro photography.  Limit 30.

 The Refuge Biology Program                 
12:30 PM to 4:00 PM
TH-rbp   $15                           Bosque Visitor Center
Bosque del Apache Refuge is ideally situated in a flyway ecosystem that extends from Canada to Mexico, and offers rest and food to migrating wildlife. Join our wildlife biologist, John Vradenburg, for a presentation and tour showcasing some of the ongoing habitat management projects at Bosque del Apache Refuge. See how refuge staff transform the land: creating habitat, restoring natural processes, and manipulating land and water to benefit a variety of wildlife. You’ll understand why the refuge is one of fourteen Land Management Research and Demonstration Areas in the country that are outstanding examples of how applied research and habitat management work together.  Limit 30.

*New*
DSLR Photography for Intermediates to Advanced- with Robert O’Toole
12:30 PM to 6:00 PM            
TH-dlsria             $90               Bosque Visitor Center
Award winning photographer Robert O’Toole will help you master your DSLR and get the exact look you want by going beyond standard settings. You will gain a stronger understanding of when and how to adjust/use white balance, metering, Auto-ISO, flash, and Autofocus. Robert will show you how to assess field conditions so that you will be able to better position yourself and quickly set up your DSLR to get the precise shots you desire. You will learn how to paint with light with slow shutter speeds and other creative ways to control color, light, and composition to take your photos from pictures to art. Offered Thursday and Saturday.  Limit 14.

*New*
Artistic Imagery Photo Workshop                  
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM                                                 
TH-aipw              $30                                       Bosque Lounge
Deborah Sandidge, a professional photographer, will cover interpretation of a subject for the best photographic outcome, to complementing your image through creative post processing. Deb will share with you many imaginative and useful tools and techniques, which will allow you to create unique and beautiful photographs. She will also show you how to easily apply her favorite Photoshop plug-ins, textures and filters allowing you to expand your creative palette. Offered Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.  Limit 30.

*New*
Grassland Birds                                     
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
TH-gb   $7                              Macey Center, Socorro
Tavo Cruz will be showing the species variation and population changes of the birds from the Tularosa basin. This is a compendium of several years of study of desert grassland birds that shows how much the species composition has changed within a few years.  Limit 65.

Refuge Birding Tour                               
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
TH-rbt   $12            Bus Stop, Bosque Visitor Center
The Refuge Birding Tour focuses on the species that can be seen within the Bosque del Apache Refuge. The exact tour route will depend on the distribution of birds on that day. Offered Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.   Limit 40.

VLA Tour                                        
1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
TH-vla   Free              VLA, 52 miles west of Socorro
The Very Large Array (VLA) is a world-famous radio telescope consisting of 27 giant dish antennas spread across the Plains of San Agustin 50 miles west of Socorro. In this special tour, you will learn about the history, operation and mission of this National Science Foundation project while touring the visitor center and walking to the base of one of the 25-meter (82-feet) dishes. Take Highway 60 west from Socorro to Magdalena. Continue west for 19 miles. Turn south on Route 52 and follow signs to the VLA Visitor Center.  Allow one hour travel time from Socorro.  Limit 35.  Offered Thursday and Friday.

Afternoon with the Cranes Fly In        
2:00 PM to 5:30 PM                                                 
TH-awc   $45               Bus Stop, Bosque Visitor Center
Spend a fascinating fly in afternoon learning about our sandhill cranes with some of the best experts in the west.  Most people see a group of cranes and wonder about what they are doing - after this workshop, you’ll be able to tell them. You’ll learn about dancing, their calls, the different subspecies, and even stories about the introduction of the whooping crane here over 25 years ago. Join crane experts Paul Tebbel, Keanna Leonard, Erv Nichols and Sandra Noll for this rare opportunity to learn about cranes, the refuge and how we care for cranes from those who know best. Offered Thursday and Friday.  Limit 28.

*New*
Art of Wildlife Photography       
3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
TH-awp               $15               Bosque Visitor Center
The Art of Wildlife Photography: Russ Burden, a professional photographer, has a special treat. Wildlife photography is a challenge. It requires patience, dedication, determination, frequent visits to your favorite locations, all mixed in with a bit of luck. But why is it that some wildlife photographers seem to be “luckier” than others? Russ will share with you the tips and techniques he uses to make you one of the luckier ones. He will show examples of the photos he’s captured and talk about what he did to make them successful. He’ll discuss important concepts such as lighting, composition, proper head and body angles, backgrounds, time of day and many other aspects to improve your captures. Russ has a passion to share his enthusiasm and knowledge with all. After this one hour presentation, you will walk away with a plethora of techniques that you can apply to your photography sessions of the birds and wildlife of Bosque del Apache Refuge.  Limit 30.

In Search of The Winning Image
1:45 PM to 2:45 PM
TH-swi $20.00 Bosque Visitor Center
Many photographers, not unlike the Greek philosopher Diogenes who spent his entire life searching for an honest person, spend much of their lives in search of – but never finding – the winning image. Join Weldon Lee as he reveals what he has learned over the years and shares how you can consistently produce winning images. Limit 30.

Photographing Cranes in Full Flight
3:00 PM to 4:25 PM
TH-pcff $30.00 Bosque Visitor Center
Harvey Lloyd presents new techniques using digital cameras and a variety of lenses to capture close-up images of cranes at a distance in full flight. It is similar in a way to photographing roses and other flowers in nature's breezes. It is often necessary when close-up with a macro lens to press the shutter just before the flower is composed in the camera's finder or LCD screen. It is the same with photographing cranes in the air at a distance. You must shoot just before the crane or cranes fill the frame. The sunlight of early morning when the cranes take off from the ponds is the best, followed by late afternoon and sunset light. Join adventure artist and photographer Harvey Lloyd explore new techniques that enable photographers to work without tripods, with lightweight cameras, and new lightweight zoom telephoto lenses to capture close-up images of the cranes. Limit 30.

Bats Bats Bats                  
3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
TH-bbb   $7                 Macey Center, Socorro
Join world renowned bat photographer Dr. J. Scott Altenbach for a photographic journey through the lives and mysteries of these interesting and poorly understood mammals. With stunning photographs learn about the ways bats live their lives, the different ways they feed, their amazing echolocation capability, the different ways they fly, and some of the threats they face. Be introduced to vampire bats and learn how they get their daily blood meals, meet bats that feed on flowers, bats that catch fish, and some of the many kinds that eat insects. Meet some of New Mexico’s 26 species of bats and learn about the ecological niches they occupy. Finally, learn about how some kinds of bats have come to depend upon abandoned mines for roosting sites and about a program to protect this rapidly disappearing resource.  Limit 65.

Walk In to Fly In                                    
4:30 PM to 6:00 PM
TH-wifi   $5             Bus Stop, Bosque Visitor Center
As the shadows grow long and the sun begins to set, thousands of geese and cranes return to the nighttime safety of the marshes at the refuge. Meet at the visitor center parking lot for a short bus ride and walk to the roost area to view this spectacular scene. Wear comfortable shoes and dress warmly. Offered Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  Limit 88.

Feature Event
Friends Annual Dinner                     
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
TH-fad   $30                  Bodega Restaurant, Socorro
The Friends of the Bosque del Apache NWR invite you to join us at the annual Friends Banquet in the Bodega Burger Co. Restaurant Banquet Center at 606 California Street, Socorro. Open to everyone, the banquet provides the opportunity to meet the Friends Board and Friends members in an informal setting, as well as Kevin Cobble and John Vradenburg, our Thursday night keynote speakers. Dinner includes a complementary ticket to the Keynote presentations that follows dinner. Dinner is presented at the Bodega Burger Co. with a cash bar. Be sure to make your dinner selection on the registration form. Dress is casual. You’ll also be able to view the Photography Contest slide show of entries and winners. See the menu offering on page 28.  Limit 180.

Feature Event
Friends 5th Annual Silent Auction         
6:45 PM to 7:20 PM
TH-fasa   Free               Bodega Restaurant, Socorro
The 5th Annual Silent Auction benefiting the Emerson Learn Bus Scholarship Endowment Fund will be held Thursday evening during the Friends Dinner at Bodega Burger Co. This event has raised thousands of dollars to bring school children to the refuge, filling a critical need in this climate of declining school budgets. Auction items are different every year, but often range from fine hand-crafted items to antique books, original paintings to Pueblo pottery. Prior to the auction, items may be seen on a slideshow display in the Friends Hospitality Booth at the refuge. You do not have to participate in the Friends dinner to bid, but you must be present at the close of the auction (7:15 PM) to pay for your items before the keynote presentation.

Feature Event
Keynote: Kevin Cobble and John Vradenburg          
7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
TH-kkv   $5                    Bodega Restaurant, Socorro
Free when you join us for Friends Annual Dinner.Bosque del Apache Refuge has undergone unprecedented challenges this year including record drought and sequestration. Refuge Manager Kevin Cobble will discuss the obstacles the refuge has faced this year, how they have been dealt with and how these issues will affect refuge management in the future.
As the drought persists over much of the southwest the refuge has had to adapt and respond to new challenges and opportunities. Changes in water management and new threats to species have ushered in a new era of habitat management. Supervisory biologist John Vradenburg will provide an overview of these new challenges, how the refuge responded this year and what we may expect in the future.

 


Friday, November 22nd

Walk Out to Fly Out        
5:30 AM to 7:30 AM
FR-wofo   $5    Bus Stop, Bosque Visitor Center
It’s early, it’s dark, and it’s cold, but this is one event you shouldn’t miss. When thousands of cranes and geese take flight, the sight and sound are spectacular. Dress warmly and meet in the visitor center parking lot for a short bus ride and walk to the roosting area. Offered Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Limit 90.

*New*
Bosque Birding Intensive                       
5:30 AM to 11:30 AM
FR-bbi   $85            Bus Stop, Bosque Visitor Center
A trip for birders, this tour will provide you with the most experienced guides the Bosque has to offer for a full morning of refuge birding. Bosque del Apache Refuge is one of THE BEST birding destinations in the country! We’ll spend the morning experiencing all the birds on the refuge, from waterfowl & raptors to sparrows & blackbirds! This trip is part of our “Birder’s Corner” and is sponsored and guided by BRANT. Your guides include Michael Hilchey, Raymond VanBuskirk, Cecil Kimberlin and Jason Kitting. A packed breakfast box is provided. Offered Thursday and Friday.  Limit 12.

 Sandhill Crane Behavior  
5:30 AM to 11:30 AM
FR-scb   $85     Bus Stop, Bosque Visitor Center
The most comprehensive training on cranes offered at any crane festival, this morning-long workshop will teach you many of the common vocalizations, body language and other characteristics of sandhill cranes. You’ll learn to recognize juveniles, tell subspecies apart, distinguish between dancing and aggression and many other details that will help you better understand and appreciate sandhill cranes. At first light we will listen to the cranes on their roosting spots to identify vocalizations and other behaviors. We then move to the classroom for breakfast and viewing many behaviors on film before traveling to different locations on the refuge to watch and interpret crane interactions. Your instructors are Paul Tebbel and Keanna Leonard. Warm shoes and warm, layered clothing recommended. Offered Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.  Limit 20.

*New*
Photograph Birds in Flight Workshop   
5:30 AM to 11:30 PM   
FR-pbfw   $90              Bus Stop, Bosque Visitor Center
How-To Successfully Photograph Birds in Flight - Step by Step Guide Are you having a difficult time photographing birds in flight? Are you looking for a different technique that can help you improve your chances of photographing birds in flight? Learn step by step how to successfully photograph birds in flight. This hands-on equipment seminar is all about panning and how to manage your focusing system using a very unique technique. Let Maxis Gamez, a professional photographer, be your guide. Learn long lens panning techniques using your tripod and hand held panning techniques using your short and long lens. Learn how to manage your focusing system to work for you. No more birds in flight frustrations! Field workshop will be followed by a classroom seminar that includes breakfast. We’ll talk about the benefits of using Quick Mask in Photoshop. Offered Wednesday and Friday.  Limit 12.

*Might be our Final Year!*
Land, Sea and Air Photo Tour   
8:30 AM to 2:00 PM
FR-lsa  $130                 Marina del Sur, Elephant Butte Lake
Sea birds, diving ducks, cormorants, grebes, white pelicans and more can be found in a dramatic geological setting at Elephant Butte Lake. Join volunteers Steve Green and Kathryn Dow for this exciting trip aboard a 44-foot twin-engine houseboat, followed by birding on land. The focus is learning how to take better photographs. Professional photographer Kathryn Dow will provide personal photo instruction during the tour. Breakfast snacks and a full lunch, featuring locally grown and produced foods, will be served. The boat will leave promptly at 9:00 AM from Marina del Sur at Elephant Butte State Park and will return to the same location around noon. From there we caravan (5-10 minutes) to the riparian area at the base of Elephant Butte Dam for more birding. Take exit 83 on I-25 and follow signs to the State Park. As the park is a 90-minute drive from Socorro, you may want to stay the night before the trip in Truth or Consequences. We will be happy to send information on accommodations close to the tour site. The price of the tour is refundable if the weather is such that the trip has to be cancelled. Be sure to note your dietary requirements on the meals page of the registration form. Warm clothing is recommended.  Limit 14. Offered Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Old Mission Church Tour 
8:30 AM to 11:30 AM
FR-omct   $15              San Miguel Mission, Socorro
Join volunteer Nick Keller as we visit six of the 10 mission churches in Socorro County. We will begin in San Antonio and proceed north along the river valley. At each stop we will talk about the history of each church, and visit each church that is open. These historic places are a testament to the faith of the early settlers to the area. Many were built by the community, and the land was donated by residents. We will travel by city bus through areas of the county on roads that offer a unique view of the agricultural quality of the area. The bus tour leaves at 8:30 AM from the San Miguel Mission in Socorro.  Limit 21.

*New*
Point and Shoot Photos                         
9:00 AM to 9:40 AM
FR-psp   $12                                  Bosque Expo Tent
How to take outstanding pictures with simple equipment:
Photography and equipment are constantly changing and evolving. Great pictures are being taken every day without the use of a traditional camera! This short session is geared to showing you how to use your smartphone, iPad, tablet or inexpensive pocket camera to achieve maximum results when shooting photos of family, friends, scenic vistas or nature studies. Tips, techniques and a bit of humor for beginning through intermediate photographers. Presented by photojournalist, birder and adventurer, Erv Nichols.  Limit 30.

*New*
San Lorenzo Canyon Geology Tour
9:00 AM to 3:00 PM                                  
FR-slcg   $18                                        Sevilleta NWR
San Lorenzo Canyon is a place of unique scenic beauty: one of our areas best and least known canyons to explore. Join NM Tech Professor Bruce Harrison to explore the geologic structures of the Rio Grande rift, search for birds and wildlife and enjoy the native plants. Moderate to strenuous hiking over uneven terrain and some soft sand and steep climbing. Take I-25 north from Socorro to exit 169, turn west and go 1/4 mile to the refuge visitor center. Wear sturdy shoes, bring water, lunch and camera!  Limit 20.

All About Raptors                                 
9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
FR-aar   $35                                      Bosque Lounge
Join an experienced raptor handler for this comprehensive course on the identification of birds of prey. Dr. Kathleen Ramsay will combine live education birds, photographs and field observation to help you learn to recognize such things as the plumage variations in red-tailed hawks to telling the age of an immature bald eagle. This workshop will focus on specific features of different species while also providing you with interesting information about their habitat needs and behavior. Dr. Ramsay has been doing wildlife rehabilitation for 30+ years. The first hour is classroom lecture in the lounge and then you will tour the refuge for two hours. Offered Thursday and Friday.  Limit 20.

Physiology of Migratory Birds               
9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
FR-pmb   $7                       Macey Center, Socorro
Please join Quentin Hays, Wildlife Biologist and Assistant Professor of Science and Natural Resources at Eastern New Mexico University – Ruidoso, as he discusses the importance of stopover habitats and the remarkable physiology of birds that permits long-distance migration. Research into this subject has shed light on the importance of stopover and staging areas in their life history. The talk will focus on the marvels of long-distance migrations, the unique fat metabolism of migratory birds that allows continuous high-intensity exercise, and recent research into why birds break down protein as well as fat (hint: they need water!).  Finally, this information will be translated into the real world, and the talk will shift to the critical importance of stopover and staging habitats as areas to be conserved if we hope to stem declines in populations of migratory birds.  Limit 65.

Quebradas Road Tour      
9:00 AM to 2:30 PM
FR-qrt   $15                Meet at Macey Center parking lot
Tour the Quebradas Scenic Byway with staff from the Bureau of Land Management and New Mexico Tech. The tour covers 24 miles of dirt road through scenic areas with exposed geology. Stops will be made to look at specific geological features as well as the area’s flora and fauna. Wear sturdy shoes; bring drinks and a sack lunch. This is a primitive area with no facilities. Four wheel drive not required. Full clearance necessary. Meet in the Macey Center parking lot.  Limit 12.
*New*
Take Control of Your DSLR                    
10:00 AM to 10:40 AM
FR-dslr   $12                                 Bosque Expo Tent
Robert O’Toole is an award winning professional photographer and instructor leading this lecture. Learn what controls and settings you really need to know and when to use them for professional level images. Keep from getting overwhelmed and take control of your DSLR for sharp consistent professional results.  Limit 30.

Hike: Chupadera Peak    
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
FR-hcp   $5      Meet at trailhead, Bosque
Join Friends’ president Lise Spargo and volunteer JR Seeger on a hike through the Chupadera Wilderness to the top of Chupadera   Peak. This hike winds through typical Chihuahuan desert scrub habitat in its lower reaches, through a canyon of solidified volcanic ash, and finally to a panoramic view of  Bosque del Apache Refuge and its surroundings. This hike is considered strenuous due to elevation gain. Please wear layered clothing, sturdy boots, and bring plenty of water, snacks and lunch. Also be prepared for changes in the weather. The hike will leave from the Chupadera Wilderness Trailhead one mile north of the visitor center off Hwy 1. If you have questions, contact Lise at Lisespargo@aol.com  Limit 15.

Hike: Canyon Trail                  
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
FR-hct   $5       Meet at trailhead, Bosque
Local naturalist Vannetta Perry will lead the group on a 2.3 mile round trip along the wide and very sandy Solitude Arroyo and through a fascinating narrow canyon.  The canyon is replete with geologically interesting formations from Tertiary time, several million years before the Rio Grande existed. Evidences of eruptions, floods, and desert dunes are there for all to see.  Meet at the Canyon Trailhead 1/2 mile south of the refuge visitor center on Hwy 1. Note: because of the sand and elevation change this hike is “Moderate”; definitely not “Easy.”  Limit 15.

Fire Across Our Landscapes       
10:30 AM to 1:00 PM
FR-faol   $5      Bosque Firehouse
Enhancing Wildlife Habitat. The NM Fire District with U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service uses fire as a tool to benefit our habitat, wildlife and ecosystem on an annual basis throughout the state. Parameters such as vegetation, time of year, weather, location, and public use are considerations for implementing a prescribed burn (RX) to meet objectives. Join the NM Fire District for a presentation on how fire has a place on our landscapes. After a safety briefing, the NM Fire District personnel will demonstrate the many tools and equipment used (drip torch, flare guns, terra-torch, etc.). Weather permitting, there will be a demonstration with live fire techniques on an actual RX fire.  Limit 20.

ABCs of Bird Photography
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
FR-abc $20.00 Bosque Visitor Center
My telephone rang. It was news from my publisher giving the go-ahead for my first book, Watchable Birds Of The Rocky Mountains. When the excitement ebbed, the reality of the situation dawned on me. Although my files contained approximately 30-percent of the required images, I still needed photos of 40 different birds; not just any birds, but 40 specific species. Join Weldon Lee as he discusses the ABCs of Bird Photography, a strategy that he developed when faced with the task of producing images for his first book. During this program, photographers will learn the how, when and where of photographing birds. Limit 30.

*New*
Feral Hogs                                             
11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
FR-fh   $7                          Macey Center, Socorro
Join Justin Stevenson a former federal wildlife disease biologist, from RD Wildlife Management, to learn about the threat of feral hogs. He has worked on grassroots eradication campaigns in Oregon and New Mexico. He continues the fight against this invader through consultation with state agencies, a dedicated feral hog website and public forums. Feral hogs continue their spread across New Mexico and the nation as a whole. Through human translocation and enormous reproductive capability, few areas remain safe from their destruction. They are omnivorous, impacting threatened and endangered species ranging from small mammals and herpetofauna to ground nesting birds. We will cover their impacts (e.g., predation, disease, habitat alteration), techniques for control and political roadblocks. Understanding the tremendous destruction this invasive species brings to our native ecosystems is paramount to successful eradication.  Limit 65.

*New*
Bosque East Side Tour                           
12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
FR-bes   $35            Bus Stop, Bosque Visitor Center
Join us for an uncommon opportunity to see a very remote part of the refuge! The floodplain of the Rio Grande that is still connected to the river itself, “the active floodplain” is an area seldom visited by those who come to Bosque del Apache Refuge.  The riverside forests and shrublands and the transition zone up into the Chihuahuan desert grassland are biologically diverse and beautiful. Refuge ecologist, Gina Dello Russo, will lead a small tour to the east side with stops to view and discuss the ecological function of the river, the wildlife that use this remote area, regional issues on the river, and plans for improving these habitat areas.  The tour includes a box lunch, so our first stop will be a scenic picnic stop to introduce our tour topics. Further stops will include short walks into the different habitats.  Limit 7.

 Refuge Tour
12:30 PM to 3:00 PM
FR-rt   $5         Bus Stop, Bosque Visitor Center
This is a rare opportunity to explore seldom-visited areas of the refuge with your knowledgeable refuge staff tour guides. Dennis Vicente, your host, will explain how the land and water you see are managed to benefit wildlife. See spectacular views of cranes, geese, ducks and raptors, and perhaps even turkeys. Tours are offered Friday,  Saturday and Sunday. Please note that, due to time constraints, participants remain on the bus for the 2+-hour tour. Meet in the visitor center parking lot.  Limit 40.

*New*
DSLR Photography for Beginners to Intermediates- with Robert O’Toole       
12:30 PM to 6:00 PM  
FR-dslrbi             $90               Bosque Lounge
Award winning photographer Robert O’Toole will show you how to gain control of your DSLR and get the right picture every time by understanding which controls and settings matter most. You will learn how to set up and use your autofocus system for the sharpest, most professional results possible. See how creatively controlling color, light and composition will allow you to take your photography to the next level and make your photos stand out from the crowd. You will gain techniques for assessing conditions in the field to be in the right place at the right time for the best action and opportunities possible. Offered Wednesday and Friday.  Limit 15.

*New*
Photography Intensive Workshop        
12:30 PM to 6:00 PM Friday and
5:30 AM to 11:30 AM Saturday              
FR-piw    $180             Bosque Visitor Center
Russ Burden, a professional photographer, has a special treat for all who sign up for this intensive in the field, classroom, post processing, and photo editing workshop. Made up of four sessions over two days so you’ll certainly get your bang for your buck. The classroom portion begins in the early afternoon at 12:30 PM and lasts till 3:00 PM. You’ll be shown the ins and outs of what makes the difference between a great image of an avian subject vs a snapshot rendering. We’ll also discuss how to set up your cameras to acquire the best images of birds in flight. Armed with this information, we’ll carpool out on the refuge for a sunset session to apply the learned classroom concepts to the birds of Bosque. We’ll arrive at our first location by 3:30 to begin our two and a half hours of photography. The highlight will be the fly ins of the sandhill cranes and snow geese as they roost in ponds to keep themselves safe during the night.  The following morning we’ll convene at a designated location and drive into the refuge early enough to photograph the morning blast offs of thousands of snow geese in addition to solitary and small group take offs of numerous sandhill cranes. We’ll spend two and a half hours in the field. While we’re in the field, we’ll also take the opportunity to make environmental scenics of the birds on location. If the cottonwoods are still in color we’ll position ourselves to include the autumn hues in our frames. We’ll then make our way back to the classroom and spend approximately two hours discussing strategies for optimizing the photos you captured during the sunset and sunrise field sessions. Part of that time will be spent critiquing your photos. With regards to the optimizing portion, Russ will utilize Photoshop and Nik software as he knows both software programs intimately. Russ will be able to provide one-on-one classroom attention with each of you who partake. Some of the most magnificent sunrises and sunsets ever experienced have occurred in New Mexico. Be sure to sign up early for this workshop so Russ can share all his tips and how to combine them with the amazing bird activity at Bosque del Apache. Breakfast will be provided while we’re in the classroom on Saturday before the classroom session. Offered Tuesday/Wednesday and Friday/Saturday.  Limit 12.

*New*
Long Exposure Creativity Workshop   
12:30 PM to 2:00 PM
FR-lecw               $30               Bosque Visitor Center
Deborah Sandidge, a professional photographer, presents Long Exposure Creativity. One of the fascinating aspects of photography is the ability to convey the passage of time, or to create a sense of motion through the art and technique of long exposure.  You can create beautiful long exposure images at the edge of night and beyond, and capture surreal photos during the brightness of day. By the use of neutral density filters, you can calm the crashing waves of an ocean, softly blur clouds across the sky, and create the impression of emptiness on busy walkways and streets.  This changes everything, the reality, the mood, and the drama of a composition, allowing you to create expressive, fine art imagery. Offered Wednesday and Friday.  Limit 30.

San Miguel Church Adobe Workshop     
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
FR-smcaw    $25               San Miguel Parish Hall, Socorro
Demonstration and lecture on historical methods of adobe (mud brick) construction, horno (oven) building, and horno firing techniques. Samples of baked bread using a traditional horno bread recipe will be offered to participants. In addition, a lecture tour of Socorro’s 400 year old San Miguel Church will be presented emphasizing the history of adobe care and maintenance as required by the numerous New Mexico churches of this age. Unique, sample adobe bricks will be offered to participants as well as samples of period refreshments.  It is recommended participants dress for the weather although some lectures will be held indoors. Located behind church building.  Limit 40.

*New*
All About Owls       
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
FR-aao   $10    Macey Center, Socorro
Live owls up close! Whooo is that calling in the night? What might you expect to see during different seasons in New Mexico? Join Gail Garber and staff of Hawks Aloft as we venture into the world of owls of North America, nineteen species in all. Learn how different owls have adapted to their unique habitats, from the Snowy Owl of the far north, weighing in at nearly 4 pounds to the diminutive Elf Owl of the southwest that weighs less than two ounces. Laugh with us as we relay some of our owl adventures both near and far, from the riparian woodland along the Rio Grande, to the Sax Zim Bog near Duluth, MN. This talk will feature the live educational owls of Hawks Aloft as well as the amazing imagery of Doug Brown, David Powell, Keith Bauer, and our other favorite photographers. You will not want to miss this show!  Limit 65.

VLA Tour     
1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
FR-vla   Free    VLA, 52 miles west of Socorro
The Very Large Array (VLA) is a world-famous radio telescope consisting of 27 giant dish antennas spread across the Plains of San Agustin 50 miles west of Socorro. In this special tour, you will learn about the history, operation and mission of this National Science Foundation project while touring the visitor center and walking to the base of one of the 25-meter (82-feet) dishes. Take Highway 60 west from Socorro to Magdalena. Continue west for 19 miles. Turn south on Route 52 and follow signs to the VLA Visitor Center.  Allow one hour travel time from Socorro.  Limit 35.  Offered Thursday and Friday.

Afternoon with the Cranes Fly In        
2:00 PM to 5:30 PM                                                 
FR-awc   $45                Bus Stop, Bosque Visitor Center
Spend a fascinating fly in afternoon learning about our sandhill cranes with some of the best experts in the west.  Most people see a group of cranes and wonder about what they are doing - after this workshop, you’ll be able to tell them. You’ll learn about dancing, their calls, the different subspecies, and even stories about the introduction of the whooping crane here over 25 years ago. Join crane experts Paul Tebbel, Keanna Leonard, Erv Nichols and Sandra Noll for this rare opportunity to learn about cranes, the refuge and how we care for cranes from those who know best. Offered Thursday and Friday.  Limit 28.

Smith Museum Tour        
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM      FR-smt2    $5
3:00 PM to 4:00 PM      FR-smt3    $5
4:00 PM to 5:00 PM      FR-smt4    $5
Socorro, Smith House
The Smith House in Socorro is the former home of Joseph Edward Smith, territorial photographer. He and his wife Elizabeth Ann (Myscie) Driver were given the home as a wedding present by the bride’s parents in 1886. From cowboys to businessmen, Smith photographed the lives of working people to show the West as it was. Along with the photos, the museum holds an archive of his equipment, written material and artifacts from the period. The home itself has been restored to its 1880’s vintage. Seven generations of Smiths have now lived in the home on Central Street. Suzanne Smith, the current resident, is the great granddaughter of J.E. and Myscie Smith. She will guide you through the past with a personal accounting of the home and the Smith family. To reach the house, turn west on Hwy 60 off California Street, travel 3 blocks to Central, left on Central, 5th house on the right.  Limit 8.

Hike: Rio Viejo      
2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
FR-hrv   $5       Rio Viejo Trailhead, Bosque
The Rio Viejo (Old River) Trail is a 2-mile long, flat walk along an old course of the Rio Grande. Join Vannetta Perry for this easy hike through the woods, where you may see mule deer, coyotes and pheasants among the native cottonwoods and screwbean mesquite.  Limit 15. Meet at the trailhead.

 Iris Passcal  
2:30 PM to 4:00 PM
FR-ip   $5         New Mexico Tech, Iris Passcal
IRIS PASSCAL supports the exploration of the Earth’s crust, mantle and core to enhance fundamental understanding of earthquakes, volcanoes, crustal deformation, mantle convection, global geodynamics and the history of the continents. Learn about this fascinating area of research and watch earthquakes as they happen. Registration (free) is required. From Macey Center, turn right on Olive Lane, right on Canyon Road up the hill, then turn right at the bottom of the hill and follow the signs.  Limit 18.

*New*
Artistic Imagery Photo Workshop        
2:30 PM to 4:00 PM                                                 
FR-aipw              $30               Bosque Visitor Center
Deborah Sandidge, a professional photographer, will cover interpretation of a subject for the best photographic outcome, to complementing your image through creative post processing. Deb will share with you many imaginative and useful tools and techniques, which will allow you to create unique and beautiful photographs. She will also show you how to easily apply her favorite Photoshop plug-ins, textures and filters allowing you to expand your creative palette. Offered Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.  Limit 30.

The TAO of Crane Photography
3:00 PM to 4:25 PM
FR-tao $30.00 Bosque Visitor Center
Harvey Lloyd presents The TAO of Crane Photography lecture on how Eastern philosophy and Western technology affect the photography of sandhill cranes at the refuge. To capture a crane in full flight requires an intuitive response to the crane's direction and position. Just as a hunter, you must sense the crane or group of crane's flight and pattern and shoot before they are in the frame of your telescopic lens. A lightweight camera with a lightweight long lens off the tripod is the best way to do this. I use a high shutter speed (2,000th - 3000th of a second), with an aperture set for good depth of field and the necessary ISO to accomplish this. The ways of Zen, The TAO, and Eastern metaphysics combine with onrushing digital camera and software technology to make this way of photographing possible. The cranes in flight appear as spirits in the air, the poetry of flying. Limit 30.

Life and Times of Rio Grande Raptors 
3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
FR-ltr   $10      Macey Center, Socorro
Live raptors! The sandhill crane and the golden eagle in a life and death encounter; fledgling Cooper’s hawks and American crows forming a juvenile pack; Swainson’s hawks feasting on bats; burrowing owls and ferruginous hawks sharing the same prairie dog towns: both predators but one also prey. Gail Garber and volunteers from Hawks Aloft will share real life stories and fascinating life histories of some of the raptors that call New Mexico home. They’ll bring several of their live educational  raptors so you can get up close views and photographs, too.  Limit 65.

 Walk In to Fly In    
4:30 PM to 6:00 PM
FR-wifi   $5      Bus Stop, Bosque Visitor Center
As the shadows grow long and the sun begins to set, thousands of geese and cranes return to the nighttime safety of the marshes at the refuge. Meet at the visitor center parking lot for a short bus ride and walk to the roost area to view this spectacular scene. Wear comfortable shoes and dress warmly. Offered Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  Limit 88.

Festival Social Bodega Style      
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
FR-fsbs   $12    Bodega Restaurant, Socorro
Friday night fun with local music, SW tapas appetizer bar and  26th anniversary collector’s beer or wine glass all for $12 cover. If looking for a bigger meal, menus are available. See description on page 36.  Limit 180.

Star Party    
7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
FR-sp   Free     NMT, Etscorn Observatory
Dr. Dan Klinglesmith and members of the New Mexico Tech Astronomy Club will assist you in using the telescopes at the Etscorn Campus Observatory and will answer your questions, as well as pointing out the wonders in the night sky. Restrooms are available. Dress warmly. Flashlights are not allowed unless equipped with red filter. Drop in between 7:00 PM and 10:00 PM.  Limit 200.

*New*
New Mexico Tech Performing Arts Series: Robert Mirabal in Blue Corn - The Journey   
7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Adult                       FR-rma  $20
Senior (65 & over)     FR-rms   $18
Youth (17 & under)   FR-rmy    $10
Macey Center Auditorium, Socorro
New Mexico Tech Performing Arts Series Presents:
Blue Corn - The Journey features two-time Grammy winner from Taos Pueblo, with 10 singer/dancers/musicians from the Jemez Pueblo, performing Buffalo Dance, Eagle Dance and Rainbow Dance, ceremonial pieces that are rarely if ever seen outside the Pueblo. Robert Mirabal has been described as a Native American “Renaissance man” – musician (flutist, singer, drummer), composer, dancer, painter, master craftsman, poet, actor, screenwriter, horseman and farmer – and he travels extensively playing his music all over the world.  Robert has won many honors including two-time Native American Artist of the Year, three-time Songwriter of the Year, a 2006 Grammy for Sacred Ground, and his 2008 Grammy Award for Johnny Whitehorse Totemic Flute Chants, blending all of Robert’s influences into a musical landscape that conjures up both the historic and contemporary West.  His 2002 breakthrough PBS Special, Music From a Painted Cave is unsurpassed in Native American theatrical expression. We will have a Club Macey social hour (5:30 PM - 7:30 PM), $5 for non-members, and a Q&A following the performance.

 


Saturday, November 23rd

Walk Out to Fly Out        
5:30 AM to 7:30 AM
SA-wofo   $5     Bus Stop, Bosque Visitor Center
It’s early, it’s dark, and it’s cold, but this is one event you shouldn’t miss. When thousands of cranes and geese take flight, the sight and sound is spectacular. Dress warmly and meet in the visitor center parking lot for a short bus ride and walk to the roosting area. Offered Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Limit 88.

 *New*
Manual Exposure Photo Workshop       
5:30 AM to 11:30 AM
SA-mepw   $90             Bus Stop, Bosque Visitor Center
Manual Exposure, Studying Your Histogram, Composition and How-To Optimize Your Fill Flash Technique
Manual exposure is a topic a lot of photographers struggle with. Learn how to manage your exposure by studying and analyzing your histogram. This seminar is full of information and will help you understand the key element of a successful fill flash technique that will change your photography. Let Maxis Gamez, a professional photographer, be your guide and help you understand how to make these techniques work for you. Topics covered in this seminar: understanding manual exposure; how to read and analyze your histogram for the ultimate exposure control; a key tool every photographer should have and how to use it; composition and subject interaction; and fill flash the easy way. No more boring images! Field workshop will be followed by a classroom seminar that includes mid-morning breakfast. We’ll talk about what we learned and how to process your images using Photoshop. Offered Thursday and Saturday. Limit 12.

 *New*
Duck Butts Intensive Lecture    
7:00 AM to 8:15 AM   Lecture & Breakfast only
SA-dbil    $20                     Bosque Visitor Center
Have you ever taken a field trip and had to leave multiple ducks, especially the females, unidentified?   Or have you ever caught a quick glimpse of a flock of ducks in flight and been completely baffled? These are all problems of the past! Two of our most experienced birders Michael Hilchey and Raymond VanBuskirk offer this workshop to unravel these mysteries and help make you a better birder. Our 1-hour lecture is designed to take a very different approach to identifying ducks in the field by focusing mainly on the structural differences and behavior of each species. The guided tour of the refuge in search of waterfowl that immediately follows is not included. This lecture is part of our “Birder’s Corner” and is sponsored and guided by BRANT. A hot breakfast will be provided during the lecture.  Limit 10.

 *New*
Duck Butts Intensive Workshop           
7:00 AM to 8:15 AM   Lecture, Breakfast and
8:30 AM to 12:30 PM   Tour                   
SA-db   $80      Bosque Visitor Center
Have you ever taken a field trip and had to leave multiple ducks, especially the females, unidentified?   Or have you ever caught a quick glimpse of a flock of ducks in flight and been completely baffled? These are all problems of the past! Two of our most experienced birders Michael Hilchey and Raymond VanBuskirk offer this workshop to unravel these mysteries and help make you a better birder. Our program is designed to take a very different approach to identifying ducks in the field by focusing mainly on the structural differences and behavior of each species. This workshop consists of a one hour class followed immediately by a guided tour of the refuge in search of waterfowl. This trip is part of our “Birder’s Corner” and is sponsored and guided by BRANT. A hot breakfast will be provided during  the lecture. Limit 20.

 Refuge Birding Tour                               
8:30 AM to 11:30 AM
SA-rbt   $12             Bus Stop, Bosque Visitor Center
The Refuge Birding Tour focuses on the species that can be seen within Bosque del Apache Refuge. The exact tour route will depend on the distribution of birds on that day. Offered Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. Limit 40.

Bosque Raptor Tour        
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
SA-brt   $25    Bus Stop, Bosque Visitor Center
Join members of Hawkwatch International to scout out raptors (and other birds) during this guided tour of Bosque del Apache Refuge. Led by Helen Haskell, Tish Morris and other volunteers, participants can expect to see the best the refuge has to offer in its open-to-the-public areas. Offered Saturday and Sunday. Meet at the visitor center bus stop.  Limit 22.

Duck Banding Project (Kid Friendly!)    
9:00 AM to 11:00 AM                                              
SA-dbp   Free               Bus Stop, Bosque Visitor Center
You can help refuge staff with a duck banding project. Every year the biologists participate in the Central Flyway project marking ducks so that their migratory patterns can be studied. They will catch the birds in a net earlier in the morning (don’t worry, it doesn’t harm the ducks at all), and then show you how to hold a duck and fit an identification band on its leg before you release it back into the water. We don’t know how many ducks will be cooperating (weather permitting as well!) so participation will be on a first come-first served basis. Meet at the bus stop at 9:00.  Limit 24.

*New*
Creative Photo Images                          
10:00 AM to 10:40 AM
SA-cpi   $12                                   Bosque Expo Tent
Robert O’Toole is an award winning professional photographer and instructor leading this lecture. Learn how to make creative images at Bosque. Get inspired to take your photography to levels never thought possible by learning how to control color, light and action with your DSLR. Breakout and take your images beyond average by using pre-visualization and creativity to create really powerful inspirational images.  Limit 30.

*New*
Hike: Sevilleta Mesa        
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
SA-hsm   $5      Sevilleta NWR
Join a refuge naturalist to learn some interesting facts about the landscape on a 3.8 mile journey that climbs the mesa west of the visitor center and skirts the mesa’s edge before dropping back down into the valley. This trail provides some wonderful views of the Ladrones and surrounding mountains, as well as a wide diversity of awe-inspiring landforms. This is a moderate-strenuous hike over uneven surfaces.  Limit 15.

*New*
Hike: Polvadera Peak      
10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
SA-hpp   $5      Meet at Lemitar Truck Stop
Karin Bailey-Bowman will take some people up  Polvadera Peak. A strenuous 4-hour round trip hike off-trail up an iconic Socorro mountain 6 miles north of Socorro, exit 156 on I-25. Incredible 360 degree views from the top! Bag a peak! Leader is an experienced hiker, 63 years old. Be prepared for variable weather. Wear good boots, bring a lunch, and water.  Limit 12.

 Geocaching 
11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
SA-g   $5          Macey Center, Socorro
When you were young, did you ever want to look for Spanish gold, lost mines or pirate treasure? Do you enjoy learning about the history of a place?  Do you like to get outside and see beautiful scenery, grand vistas, shady meadows? Well, maybe geocaching’s for you. Join geocacher Allan Sauter at the Macey Center and together you’ll find a few caches around Tech. Bring your GPS units, or if you don’t have one, we’ll share. Dress for spending some time outside.  Limit 18.

Hike: Indian Wells Wilderness   
11:30 AM to 2:00 PM
SA-hiww   $5    Meet at Bosque Bus Stop
This hike is a 2+ hour wander into the Indian Wells Wilderness Area, maintained by Bosque Del Apache Refuge. We are able to explore this undeveloped area only with the special approval of the refuge’s manager. Join Friends’ President Lise Spargo and volunteer JR Seeger at the visitor center as a bus will meet us and take us to the Canyon Trail parking lot. Following Canyon Trail, about a half mile north of marker 9 we will leave the marked trail and head WNW into the Wilderness Area. There is no formal trail for the next 1.5 miles, but participants will be guided toward the north and west into a series of deep cut arroyos, returning to the Canyon Trail at marker 11. There are several short, steep scrambles during the hike. The bus will return us to the visitor center. A day pack with water and food as well as hiking boots with good ankle support are strongly recommended. Total distance:  approximately 2.5 miles. Elevation change is from 4500’ at the start to 4750’ at the highest point in the hike.  Limit 15.

 Refuge Tour
12:30 PM to 3:00 PM  
SA-rt   $5        Bus Stop, Bosque Visitor Center
This is a rare opportunity to explore seldom-visited areas of the refuge with your knowledgeable refuge staff tour guides. Dennis Vicente, your host, will explain how the land and water you see are managed to benefit wildlife. See spectacular views of cranes, geese, ducks and raptors, and perhaps even turkeys. Tours are offered Friday,  Saturday and Sunday. Please note that, due to time constraints, participants remain on the bus for the 2+-hour tour. Meet in the visitor center parking lot.  Limit 40.

*New*
DSLR Photography for Intermediates to Advanced- with Robert O’Toole       
12:30 PM to 6:00 PM  
SA-dslria             $90               Bosque Lounge
Award winning photographer Robert O’Toole will help you master your DSLR and get the exact look you want by going beyond standard settings. You will gain a stronger understanding of when and how to adjust/use white balance, metering, Auto-ISO, flash, and Autofocus. Robert will show you how to assess field conditions so that you will be able to better position yourself and quickly set up your DSLR to get the precise shots you desire. You will learn how to paint with light with slow shutter speeds and other creative ways to control color, light, and composition to take your photos from pictures to art. Offered Thursday and Saturday.  Limit 15.

*New*
Digital Infrared Photo Workshop          
12:30 PM to 2:00 PM                                              
SA-dipw              $30               Bosque Visitor Center
Deborah Sandidge, a professional photographer, illustrates the beauty of infrared as it applies to landscapes, architecture, and wildlife. This presentation is designed for photographers interested in infrared photography, as well as those currently shooting in infrared. From understanding infrared light and the latest filter choices, to imaginative techniques in photographing, and in post-processing in Photoshop, Deb will share insightful and creative techniques that you can immediately apply to your infrared photography. Offered Tuesday and Saturday.   Limit 30.

 Birds of the Bosque                               
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
SA-bob   $7                        Macey Center, Socorro
Join volunteer Jason Kitting for a look at a number of the birds that spend the winter at Bosque del Apache Refuge. He will talk about the habits and ecology of many birds and will review identification tips and techniques. You will listen to some common bird calls, and he will share  some tips about how to distinguish look alike species.  Limit 65.

*New*
Photo Gadgets       
2:00 PM to 2:40 PM     
SA-pg   $12      Bosque Expo Tent
A look at a couple of photo gadgets that make it possible to obtain images in situations that otherwise would be extremely difficult or impossible.  Photographing things that go “bump in the night”, action too fast to respond to, or in places too difficult to reach. Presented by David Powell on behalf of Cognisys.  Limit 30.

*New*
Gardening is for the Birds          
2:30 PM to 4:00 PM     
SA-gb   $7        Bosque Visitor Center
Is your yard bird-friendly? There is a new online resource with tips and tools for creating better bird habitat, making a safer environment for our feathered friends, and mapping your yard to track your progress toward making an avian paradise. We’ll introduce you to this program, demonstrate mapping, and walk you through the region-specific plant resources the Cornell Lab of Ornithology has compiled as part of their innovative YardMap project.  Limit 30.

The Sandia Rosy-Finch Project
3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
SA-srfp   $7      Macey Center, Socorro
All three species of rosy-finches--brown-capped, black, and gray-crowned--visit the Sandia Crest near Albuquerque every winter. For the past seven years Raymond VanBuskirk and Michael Hilchey have been heading up the Sandia Rosy-Finch Project to study the winter ecology of these elusive species. Join Michael and Raymond as they present an overview of their research project which has been featured in the   National Audubon Magazine.  Limit 65.

Walk In to Fly In    
4:30 PM to 6:00 PM
SA-wifi   $5      Bus Stop, Bosque Visitor Center
As the shadows grow long and the sun begins to set, thousands of geese and cranes return to the nighttime safety of the marshes at the refuge. Meet at the visitor center parking lot for a short bus ride and walk to the roost area to view this spectacular scene. Wear comfortable shoes and dress warmly. Offered Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  Limit 88.

*New*
Night Photography Workshop    
4:30 PM to 7:00 PM     
SA-npw    $65  City Hall Parking Lot, Socorro

Deborah Sandidge transforms the ordinary night scene into something magical, providing a wonderful opportunity to expand your creative and artistic options. Learn how to capture extraordinary night scenes and master the techniques of photographing at twilight, also known as the “blue” hour, to create compositions with impact.  Discover the tips, techniques and tools that will help you make creative and compelling night images.  Learn how the use of certain filters can accentuate a composition, and bring more drama and passion into a photograph. Offered Wednesday and Saturday.  Limit 15.

 


Sunday, November 24th

Walk Out to Fly Out        
5:30 AM to 7:30 AM
SU-wofo   $5    Bus Stop, Bosque Visitor Center
It’s early, it’s dark, and it’s cold, but this is one event you shouldn’t miss. When thousands of cranes and geese take flight, the sight and sound are spectacular. Dress warmly and meet in the visitor center parking lot for a short bus ride and walk to the roosting area. Offered Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Limit 88.

Refuge Birding Tour                               
8:30 AM to 11:30 AM
SU-rbt $12               Bus Stop, Bosque Visitor Center
The Refuge Birding Tour focuses on the species that can be seen within Bosque del Apache Refuge. The exact tour route will depend on the distribution of birds on that day. Offered Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. Limit 40.

Junior Naturalist Tour    
9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
SU-jnt   Free    Bus Stop, Bosque Visitor Center
Children ages 5 to 12 are invited to join our naturalist for a special tour of the refuge. Depending on weather and habitat conditions, children may take a short hike, use nets to catch critters in the marsh, and see pack rat nests and beaver activity. Parents and siblings are welcome. A parent must accompany their children. Meet in the visitor center parking lot.  Limit 15

Bosque Raptor Tour        
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
SU-brt   $25    Bus Stop, Bosque Visitor Center
Join members of Hawkwatch International to scout out raptors (and other birds) during this guided tour of the Bosque del Apache. Led by Helen Haskell, Tish Morris and other volunteers, participants can expect to see the best the Bosque has to offer in its open-to-the-public areas. Offered Saturday and Sunday. Meet at the visitor center bus stop.  Limit 22.

Hike: El Camino Real                        
9:00 AM to 12:30 PM
SU-hecr   $5                    El Camino Heritage Center
The Camino Real hike will start/finish at the El Camino Real International Heritage Center (IHC) which is located on the IHC road off NM Highway 1 approximately 1 mile south of exit 115 on I-25. Hike with Friend’s President Lise Spargo and volunteer JR Seeger along a well maintained BLM hiking trail that is approximately 10km (6.2 miles) long, taking 3 ½ to 4 hours to complete. The trail meanders through the high desert ridgeline that overlooks the Rio Grande and ends at an overlook point that allows excellent views of a native Rio Grande riverine habitat to the south and Mesa Contadera, Ft. Craig,  and the Val Verde Civil War Battlefield to the north. The trail offers a look at a high desert biome and rock exposures that show the diverse geology of the region. This is a moderately strenuous hike with minimal elevation change (no more than 300’) through the length of the hike. While the trail is well marked and well maintained, it is not wheelchair or stroller friendly.   Wear comfortable clothes, light hiking boots or running shoes and bring water, sunscreen and insect repellent. Tennis shoes or sandals are not appropriate for this hike because of the terrain and the presence of cactus along the trail. You may want to bring lunch to eat after the hike and then explore the El Camino Heritage Center in the afternoon.  Limit 15.

Hike: Mesa Trail    
10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
SU-hmt   $5      Meet at Macey Center Parking Lot
Meet guide Vannetta Perry at the Macey Center parking lot to carpool to the trailhead in Water Canyon west of Socorro in the Magdalena Mountains. The 4.75 miles long trail begins the ascent of Water Canyon Mesa from an elevation of 6,800 feet at the trail head. The hike is considered moderate, though the climb and descent are an 11% grade with switchbacks to an elevation of 8,200 feet. The trail travels through ponderosa pine mixed with piñon, juniper and grey oak. Along the upper reaches you will walk among Douglas fir, white fir, Gambel oak and mountain mahogany. Atop the mesa you will be rewarded with vistas of the Rio Grande Valley and the higher plains north of Highway 60 and perhaps see some deer, elk and other wildlife as well. The trail is rocky in places so a walking stick is recommended.  Limit 15.

*New*
Bosque East Side Tour                           
12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
SU-bes   $35            Bus Stop, Bosque Visitor Center
Join us for an uncommon opportunity to see a very remote part of the refuge! The floodplain of the Rio Grande that is still connected to the river itself, “the active floodplain” is an area seldom visited by those who come to Bosque del Apache Refuge. The riverside forests and shrublands and the transition zone up into the Chihuahuan desert grassland are biologically diverse and beautiful. Refuge ecologist, Gina Dello Russo, will lead a small tour to the east side with stops to view and discuss the ecological function of the river, the wildlife that use this remote area, regional issues on the river, and plans for improving these habitat areas.  The tour includes a box lunch, so our first stop will be a scenic picnic stop to introduce our tour topics. Further stops will include short walks into the different habitats.  Limit 7.

Refuge Tour
12:30 PM to 3:00 PM  
SU-rt   $5        Bus Stop, Bosque Visitor Center
This is a rare opportunity to explore seldom-visited areas of the refuge with your knowledgeable refuge staff tour guides. Dennis Vicente, your host, will explain how the land and water you see are managed to benefit wildlife. See spectacular views of cranes, geese, ducks and raptors, and perhaps even turkeys. Tours are offered Friday,  Saturday and Sunday. Please note that, due to time constraints, participants remain on the bus for the 2+-hour tour. Meet in the visitor center parking lot.  Limit 40.




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