2014 Schedule of Events

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Tuesday, November 18th

Sandhill Crane Behavior
5:30 AM to 11:30 AM
TU-scb     $85      Bus Stop, Refuge 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 to view 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* Sponsored by Panasonic
Video Photography Workshop
5:30 AM to 11:30 AM
TU-vpw    $90    Bus Stop, Refuge Visitor Center
Get your Images Moving!
Adding Motion to Your Still Photography!
Panasonic LUMIX Luminary Rob Knight has been a photography professional and artist for over 25 years. Rob has spent the last two years investigating different ways of integrating moving pictures with still photography. Whether you call it Hybrid Photography (like he does), Fusion, or Cinemagraphs, adding video can help you tell stories in a whole new way. Join Rob and explore the latest techniques for adding motion to your still photography. He will give you tips for learning to see moving pictures, and techniques for capturing great video with your DSLR or mirrorless camera – you don’t need expensive dedicated video rigs to make beautiful video. You can combine still photos and video with software you probably already have, but he will also demonstrate some inexpensive software options to make compelling hybrid photography. You’ll see his complete hybrid workflow from organizing files in Lightroom 5, to creating the presentation, to sharing the finished piece via social media and websites. Find out more about Rob at www.robknightphotography.com. Panasonic is joining the Festival for the first time and is sponsoring Rob Knight’s video workshops. Offered Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Limit 12.

*New* Sponsored by Tropical Birding
and BRANT Group
Land, Sea and Air Intensive
6:50 AM to 4:00 PM
TU-lsai    $150    Refuge Visitor Center
Birding from a Boat: Waterbird Identification with Cameron Cox.
Join BRANT and special guest, Cameron Cox for an amazing day of birds on and off the water! Cameron is world class birder, guide for Tropical Birding and co-author of the new Peterson Reference Guide to Seawatching! For this workshop we’ll be spending the day birding Elephant Butte Lake State Park by land and by boat! The boat will allows us to drift in closer than you might imagine to an array of wonderful waterbird species. We expect to find species of birds that might not regularly be found at Bosque del Apache including various loons, grebes, ducks, shorebirds and gulls, as well as some interesting songbirds such as black-tailed gnatcatcher and chestnut-collared longspur! Elephant Butte is well-known for producing mega-rarities. You never know what you might find! The opportunity to learn and bird with one of the world’s leading experts on waterbird identification, (he literally wrote the book!) and a chance to see some of these birds up close and personal from the comfort of the boat will make this one of the most unique and spectacular birding experiences at this year’s Festival of the Cranes! Steve Green will be your Captain for this exciting trip aboard a 44-foot twin-engine houseboat. Breakfast snacks and a full lunch, featuring locally grown and produced foods, will be served. First we meet at the Refuge Visitor Center for 7:00 AM breakfast and orientation. At about 7:45 AM we proceed by caravan to Marina del Sur at Elephant Butte State Park. Stay with the caravan and take exit 83 on I-25 and follow signs to the State Park. The marina is a 70 minute drive from the refuge. Lunch is included with your tour also. 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. This trip is part of our “Birder’s Corner” and is sponsored and guided by BRANT Tours! Wednesday, Thursday and Friday offers regular and photo LSA tours. Limit 14.

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.

*New* Sponsored by Sigma
Photographing Wildlife with Roman
9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
TU-pwr    $20    Refuge Visitor Center
Portraits to Action
Roman Kurywczak brings you this exciting educational program that covers everything you will need to know about photographing wildlife in the field. The photographic journey will cover exotic locations such as Tanzania but also include many tips for photographing wildlife closer to home in some unexpected places. Minimum gear requirements will be discussed for both the safety of the wildlife and the photographer. Camera settings will be covered including what mode to use as well as choosing the right ISO for wildlife portrait work as well as action photography. There will be plenty of image examples showing how settings provide impact to your images. The program concludes with an in-depth segment on photographing birds in flight. You can find galleries, blog, gear reviews, nighttime landscape e-book, and more at: www.roaminwithroman.com. Sigma Camera is a proud sponsor of Roman Kurywczak’s 2014 seminars and workshops. Offered Tuesday and Saturday. Limit 30.

*New* Sponsored by Mac Group
Processing & Printing Nature Images
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
TU-ppi    $30    Refuge Biology Building
Using Adobe® Lightroom® 5 bring out the true beauty of your photograph and get a print to match!
When you first view raw files of your beautiful landscape images, the initial reaction is often one of disappointment and head scratching as you wonder what you did wrong. The problem is often how your camera recorded the scene, not your photographic skills. Unlike your eyes, digital cameras only have one contrast curve, one saturation setting and one color temperature in each capture. When you encounter a beautiful but full contrast scene with bright light and deep shadows, you’re going to have to do some post-processing to bring out the beauty of the scene the way you remember it. Join Joe Brady and see how fast and easy it can be to edit your landscape photography with Adobe Lightroom. Learn to bring out the beauty and even enhance your images so that they convey the impact the scene had on you when you were inspired to capture the image in the first place. Once the image has been adjusted, the ultimate goal is to get a print that matches the great image on your monitor. With a custom paper profile and a calibrated monitor, we’ll make sure that happens as well. Join Joe and learn a landscape photography editing process along with some tips and tricks to make Lightroom 5 work best for you. Joe is being sponsored by the Mac Group. Offered Tuesday and Thursday. Limit 25.

Horseback Adventure for the Novice
11:30 AM to 3:30 PM
TU-han    $90    Lemitar Truck Stop Exit 156
Are you looking for an adventure to complete your visit to the diverse and exciting Festival of the 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. 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 156, 6 miles north of Socorro. Offered Tuesday, Thursday. Advanced Adventure offered Wednesday. Limit 15.

Sponsored by Hunt’s
Photography Intensive Workshop
12:30 PM to 6:00 PM Tuesday and
5:30 AM to 11:30 AM Wednesday
TU-piw    $190    Refuge 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. It is 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 del Apache. 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. Russ is being sponsored by Hunt’s Photography and Video. Offered Tuesday/Wednesday and Friday/Saturday. Limit 12.

*New* Sponsored by Sigma
Macro Photography
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
TU-mpr    $65    Refuge Visitor Center
Professional photographer Roman Kruywczak presents an in-depth Q&A/macro photography workshop devoted to showing you the technical tips and tricks needed to take your macro photography to the next level. Topics covered will range from gear to specific settings, overcoming distracting backgrounds (including photo examples showing how easy they are to overcome), and the use of natural light with a heavy emphasis on using flash correctly in the field to properly balance the exposure to achieve dramatic results. Learn inexpensive tricks used by the pros that can be done using the gear you already own! Bring your camera, macro lens, and flash, if you have it, with a fully charged battery and fresh memory card. Knowledge of how to change your camera settings is required to participate. Sigma will provide some loaner lenses for you to try out during this hands-on workshop. Festival of the Cranes wishes to thank Sigma Camera for sponsoring Roman. You can find more of his work on his website and blog: www.roaminwithroman.com. Offered Tuesday and Friday. Limit 30.

Sponsored by BRANT Group
Refuge Birding Tour
2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
TU-rbt    $15    Bus Stop, Refuge Visitor Center
The Bosque del Apache Birding Tour will highlight 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.

Sponsored by BRANT Group
Owling Expedition Intensive
4:15 PM to 9:00 PM
TU-oew    $95    Refuge Visitor Center
Two highly experienced birders Michael Hilchey and Raymond VanBuskirk offer an uncommon opportunity. Elusive and beautiful, owls are a highly sought-after bird on any 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. Offered Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday. Limit 20.

 


Wednesday, November 19th

Rocket Nets and Bird Bands
5:30 AM to 9:30 AM
WE-rnbb    $15    Bus Stop, Refuge Visitor Center
Banding is an important tool available to wildlife managers for managing migratory bird populations. Data from banding programs provides information on annual movements and population dynamics. Over the past 20 years banding has been regularly conducted as part of refuge research including projects on sandhill cranes, snow geese, Canada geese and ducks. Join refuge biologists John Vradenburg and Ashley Inslee as they capture, sample, and band ducks. Warm clothing is advised--it might be cold! Limit 15.

Sandhill Crane Behavior
5:30 AM to 11:30 AM
WE-scb    $85    Bus Stop, Refuge 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 to view 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.

Photograph Birds in Flight Workshop
5:30 AM to 11:30 AM
WE-pbfw    $90    Bus Stop, Refuge 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 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* Sponsored by Panasonic
Video Photography Workshop
5:30 AM to 11:30 AM
WE-vpw    $90    Bus Stop, Refuge Visitor Center
Get your Images Moving!
Adding Motion to Your Still Photography!
Panasonic LUMIX Luminary Rob Knight has been a photography professional and artist for over 25 years. Rob has spent the last two years investigating different ways of integrating moving pictures with still photography. Whether you call it Hybrid photography (like he does), Fusion, or Cinemagraphs, adding video can help you tell stories in a whole new way. Join Rob and explore the latest techniques for adding motion to your still photography. He will give you tips for learning to see moving pictures, and techniques for capturing great video with your DSLR or mirrorless camera – you don’t need expensive dedicated video rigs to make beautiful video. You can combine still photos and video with software you probably already have, but he will also demonstrate some inexpensive software options to make compelling hybrid photography. You’ll see his complete hybrid workflow from organizing files in Lightroom 5, to creating the presentation, to sharing the finished piece via social media and websites. Find out more about Rob at www.robknightphotography.com. Panasonic is joining the Festival for the first time and is sponsoring Rob Knight’s video workshops. Offered Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Limit 12.

*New*
Bosque del Apache Hot Spots & Elusive Birds
5:30 AM to 11:30 AM
WE-bhs    $85    Bus Stop, Refuge Visitor Center
Professional photographer and birder Kathryn Dow will be your personal guide and show you the wonderful landscape and wildlife photography opportunities at Bosque del Apache Refuge. Learn how a bird’s behavior and habitat can help you locate it, and discover the prime times and spots to look for elusive birds on the refuge. She will teach you camera settings to achieve the best possible images of encounters on the journey. From sunrise to sunset there is always something to be found and photographed on this beautiful land. Offered Wednesday and Thursday. Limit 15.

Sponsored by BRANT Group
Mountain Birding Intensive
6:00 AM to 12:30 PM
WE-mbi    $90    Macey Center Parking Lot, Socorro
Three of our most experienced birders Michael Hilchey, Raymond VanBuskirk, and Doug Gochfeld 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.

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 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. Offered Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Limit 14.

Birding Sevilleta! East Side
8:30 AM to 3:00 PM
WE-bse     $45     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     $30     Bus Stop, Refuge 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 Friday. Limit 22.

Feral Hogs
9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
WE-fh     $12     Fire Station, San Antonio
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 key to successful eradication. Limit 30.

*New* Sponsored by Sigma
Bird Photography with Roman
11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
WE-bpr     $20     Fire Station, San Antonio
Portraits to Flight
Roman Kurywczak brings you this Q&A program that covers everything you need for bird photography from gear to settings with some special tips and tricks for photographing birds in flight. The program is broken up into segments including gear, shooting angle, light angle, ISO, which mode, f/stop choices, and what shutter speed to use. During each segment photographic examples and questions will be encouraged so attendees can gain a better understanding of the skills and techniques required for this challenging yet exciting aspect of nature photography. You can find galleries, blog, gear reviews, nighttime landscape e-book, and more at: www.roaminwithroman.com. Sigma Camera is a proud sponsor of Roman Kurywczak’s 2014 seminars and workshops. Offered Wednesday and Thursday. Limit 25.

*New*
Why Wilderness? Why Here?
11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
WE-wwh    $12     Fire Station, San Antonio
The 50th anniversary of The Wilderness Act provides stimulus for reflection on both this visionary legislation and on the concept of wilderness itself. Join Sandra Noll as she incorporates stunning visual images and interactive dialogue with interesting facts about the Wilderness Act; the meaning of and misconceptions about “Wilderness” designation; the land management, uses and benefits of wilderness and “wilderness study” areas; and an overview of New Mexico’s wilderness areas and our unique history in the Wilderness movement. The program touches upon both opposition to “legislated” wilderness and the alternative recommendation for an even broader policy of landscape-level conservation connecting ecosystems along key corridors. Learn about Bosque del Apache’s wilderness areas as you are encouraged to examine your own perception of and relationship to wilderness. Limit 30.

Horseback Adventure for the Skilled
11:30 AM to 3:30 PM
WE-has    $90    Lemitar Truck Stop Exit 156
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. 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 exit 156 at the Lemitar exit, 6 miles north of Socorro. Limit 15.

*New* Sponsored by Mac Group
Perfect Color & Exposure Photography
1:00 PM to 2:15 PM
WE-pce    $30    Refuge Biology Building
In Bird, Nature and Landscapes (seminar only)
Every camera has its own idea about color and exposure. While nature and landscape color can be somewhat subjective, wouldn’t it be nice to have all of your images starting from a perfect standard of color and light? While today’s cameras have wonderful metering systems that perform well under many conditions, finding the perfect exposure for birds in flight or white clouds in a landscape often presents
problems. The light in these types of subjects can be fleeting and change quickly. For correct color rendition, white balance gets you close, but every camera has its own idea of what red, green and blue mean. Join Joe Brady as he shows how the combination of a ColorChecker Passport and a calibrated Sekonic L-758DR meter can give you the information for perfect exposure and color under practically any lighting condition. No more strangely colored blue skies, no more blown-out plumage, no more white holes where the clouds used to be and no need to under expose to prevent burnouts that result in noisy, low contrast, low detail images in post process. A calibrated spot-meter gives you the information you need to get the best possible digital capture every time. A Colorchecker Passport gets you perfect color as you process your images. No more missed shots as you wait for the perfect light, pose or flight for that great photograph. Confidently shoot at the perfect moment to get the shot you want. Offered Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. Limit 13.

*New* Sponsored by Mac Group
Perfect Color and Exposure
Photography Intensive
1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
WE-pcew    $90    Refuge Biology Building
In Bird, Nature and Landscapes
(seminar and field workshop intensive)
This is an Intensive workshop that includes both the seminar (outlined above) and workshop segments. Join Joe Brady as he shows how the combination of a Colorchecker Passport and a calibrated Sekonic L-758DR meter can give you the information for perfect exposure when photographing out in the field. A calibrated spot-meter gives you the information you need to get the best possible digital capture every time. Gain a greater understanding of how spot metering can help you protect highlights and white plumage while getting the most out of your camera’s tonal range capabilities. Learn to recognize the lighting conditions when an incident meter reading might be the best choice – particularly in the shade and for birds and animals with darker color schemes. A ColorChecker Passport gets you perfect color back at your computer as you process your images. Having a standard reference will ensure consistent results and the most accurate color rendition possible. No more strangely colored blue skies, no more blown-out plumage, no more white holes where the clouds used to be and no need to under expose to prevent burnouts that result in noisy, low contrast, low detail images in post process. See how these tools can help you to produce better results in all your photography and let you concentrate on your subject and its composition in the environment! Joe is being sponsored by the Mac Group who will be supplying equipment loaners for hands-on experience. Offered Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. Limit 12.

*New*
Friends Indeed
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
WE-fi     Free     Refuge Visitor Center
At 20 years and counting, Friends of the Bosque del Apache has grown to be one of the top refuge Friends groups in the country, but we couldn’t have gotten there without our supporters. Our members, hailing from around the nation and several foreign countries, believe in the refuge as critical habitat for wildlife and a precious natural resource for public enjoyment and education. If you want to see where we have been, where we are heading, and how you can play a bigger role in the future of the refuge, join Friends Executive Director Leigh Ann Vradenburg for an intimate look at how our supporters can take the refuge into the next 75 years. Limit 30.

*New*
White-nose Syndrome & Bats
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
WE-wsb     $12    Fire Station, San Antonio
White-nose syndrome (WNS) has been designated “the most devastating disease ever reported for wildlife in North America.” WNS affects cave hibernating bats throughout eastern North America and adjacent Canada. Since its discovery in February 2006, this emerging infectious disease has spread rapidly across the northeastern United States, causing mass mortalities and threatening regional extinction of formerly common species. Join Justin Stevenson, owner of RD Wildlife Management and co-chair of the New Mexico Bat Working Group, to learn more about white-nose syndrome, why bats are important members of our ecosystems, and what you can do to help. Limit 30.

*New*
Backwater Tour
Bosque del Apache Water Management
1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
WE-bwt    $15    Refuge Biology Building
Experience the refuge from the perspective of water management. Join Brian Greeves, refuge water manager, on a tour of the refuge and learn how water is moved, used and conserved to create the diverse wetland habitats that attract wildlife and people to Bosque del Apache. Learn the tools and techniques the refuge uses to mimic the conditions to restore the wetland habitat of the historic Rio Grande. Discover how management of water is critical in providing habitat for sandhill cranes, snow geese, endangered species and other wildlife. Limit 25.

Sponsored by BRANT Group
Refuge Birding Tour
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
WE-rbt    $15    Bus Stop, Refuge Visitor Center
The Bosque del Apache Birding Tour will highlight 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* Sponsored by Zeiss Optics
Best of Birding with Zeiss Optics
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
WE-bzp    $12    Refuge Expo Tent
A virtual tour of the best birding festivals and hot-spots in the US...as seen through the eyes of Stephen Ingraham, ZEISS Senior Brand Advocate for Birding and Nature. Limit 25.

VLA Tour
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
WE-vla    Free     VLA, 50 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. Offered Wednesday and Saturday. Limit 35.

Raptor ID
3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
WE-rid    $12    Fire Station, San Antonio
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 who donate their work to Hawks Aloft, this program promises to be a visual art show. Limit 30.

Cranes 101 Workshop
3:00 PM to 5:45 PM
WE-c101    $35    Refuge Visitor Center
Cranes are fascinating birds to watch once you understand their actions and calls. 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. 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.

Sponsored by BRANT Group
Owling Expedition Intensive
4:15 PM to 9:00 PM
WE-oew    $95    Refuge Visitor Center
Two highly experienced birders Michael Hilchey and Raymond VanBuskirk offer an uncommon opportunity. Elusive and beautiful, owls are a highly sought-after bird on any 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. Offered Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday. Limit 20.

Walk In to Fly In
4:30 PM to 6:00 PM
WE-wifi    $7    Bus Stop, Refuge 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. Many times there is additional room on the bus for walk ons. Exact change is appreciated. Offered Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Limit 44.

*New* Sponsored by Sigma
VLA Startrails Night Photography
5:00 PM to 9:30 PM
WE-snp    $80    VLA, 50 miles west of Socorro
Photographing the Nighttime Landscape
This is a special workshop offering. The NRAO Very Large Array (VLA) in partnership with Friends of the Bosque del Apache and Sigma Camera have teamed together to offer a once-in-a-decade nighttime photography workshop of spectacular magnitude. Join Roman Kurywczak, a photography pro sponsored by Sigma Camera, as he leads an educational how-to program designed to open up your eyes to the possibility of photographing landscapes with the star filled sky as a backdrop. Equipment, tips, techniques, and camera setting for both star points and star trails will be covered. Explore “light painting” of a foreground subject as well as overcoming obstacles when the conditions are less than ideal. Leave your electronic communication equipment (cell phones, I-pad and computer) in your vehicle for they are not allowed on site during this workshop. The workshop begins at 5:00 PM at the VLA cafeteria for an equipment check and camera set-up. Bring your own sack dinner to eat during this orientation. All communication devices will need to be turned off for this workshop for they interfere with the VLA’s telescope data collection. The Very Large Array, one of the world’s premier astronomical radio observatories, consists of 27 radio antennas in a Y-shaped configuration on the Plains of San Agustin. Each antenna is 25 meters (82 feet) in diameter. An optional cash prize photo contest for the best images will be announced during orientation. The best of the best judged by Roman and team will have the potential of being published by Friends, the VLA and Sigma. Rules, timing and photo contest details will be supplied at the workshop. Remember to dress warmly and in layers plus bring water and an optional flashlight head lamp with red filter. You will be walking in the desert at night up to 1/3 mile to the antennas so consider your equipment weight and good walking boots. There is a cloudy night back-up plan if weather is less than ideal. If weather is extreme and the workshop needs to be cancelled refunds will be issued. Come a little early and enjoy the on-site gift store that is staying open until 5:00 just for you or make it an afternoon by also registering for the VLA Tour at 2:00 PM. The VLA is located 50 miles west of Socorro on U.S. Highway 60. From U.S. 60, turn South on NM 52, then West on the VLA access road, which is well marked. Signs will point you to the VLA Visitor Center. Another gem is Roman’s e-book on the subject: A Digital Guide to Photographing the Night Sky released in Feb. 2011. You can find galleries, blog, gear reviews, nighttime landscape e-book, and more at: www.roaminwithroman.com. Check out the VLA website at www.vla.nrao.edu. Allow one hour travel time from Socorro. Offered Wednesday and Saturday. Limit 40.

*New*
Dinner Theater: The Murder Room
5:30 PM to 9:30 PM
WE-dt    $38    Garcia Opera House, Socorro
Doors open at 5:30 PM Cash bar 5:30 to 7:00 PM
Dinner and Performance 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM
The Socorro Community Theater will be presenting “The Murder Room” by Jack Sharkey at the historic Garcia Opera House venue. This hilarious farce concerns a mystery surrounding the newlyweds Edgar and Mavis. Soon after their wedding Edgar discovers that Mavis is being unfaithful. Mavis schemes to inherit Edgar’s fortune and live “happily ever after” with her lover, no matter what it takes. Postmortem chaos and complications ensue when a murder weapon is discovered, but no body. Trying to solve the mystery of the missing corpse is Constable Howard, a nosy housemaid, the inspector of police, a dim-witted daughter and her millionaire fiancé. This comedy/murder mystery will have you laughing and guessing all the way through! For dinner menu information, please call SCT at 575-835-2564 after Labor Day, or visit www.socorro.com/sct. Vegetarian option available upon request. Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. Pre-paid registration is required by 5:00 PM Friday, November 14. Limit 60.

 


Thursday, November 20th

Walk Out to Fly Out
5:30 AM to 7:30 AM
TH-wofo    $7    Bus Stop, Refuge 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 sights and sounds are spectacular. Dress warmly and meet in the visitor center parking lot for a short bus ride and walk to the roosting area. Many times there is additional room on the bus for walk ons. Exact change is appreciated. Offered Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Limit 90.

Sponsored by BRANT Group
Bosque del Apache Birding Intensive
5:30 AM to 11:30 AM
TH-bbi    $95    Bus Stop, Refuge Visitor Center
A trip for birders, this tour will provide you with the most experienced guides the refuge 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, Ashli Gorbet and Wezil Walraven. A full hot breakfast is provided at about 8:30 AM. Offered Thursday and Friday. Limit 12.

Sandhill Crane Behavior
5:30 AM to 11:30 AM
TH-scb    $85    Bus Stop, Refuge 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 to view 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.

Manual Exposure Photo Workshop
5:30 AM to 11:30 AM
TH-mepw    $90    Bus Stop, Refuge 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* Sponsored by Panasonic
Video Photography Workshop
5:30 AM to 11:30 AM
TH-vpw    $90    Bus Stop, Refuge Visitor Center
Get your Images Moving!
Adding Motion to Your Still Photography!
Panasonic LUMIX Luminary Rob Knight has been a photography professional and artist for over 25 years. Rob has spent the last two years investigating different ways of integrating moving pictures with still photography. Whether you call it Hybrid Photography (like he does), Fusion, or Cinemagraphs, adding video can help you tell stories in a whole new way. Join Rob and explore the latest techniques for adding motion to your still photography. He will give you tips for learning to see moving pictures, and techniques for capturing great video with your DSLR or mirrorless camera – you don’t need expensive dedicated video rigs to make beautiful video. You can combine still photos and video with software you probably already have, but he will also demonstrate some inexpensive software options to make compelling hybrid photography. You’ll see his complete hybrid workflow from organizing files in Lightroom 5, to creating the presentation, to sharing the finished piece via social media and websites. Find out more about Rob at www.robknightphotography.com. Panasonic is joining the Festival for the first time and is sponsoring Rob Knight’s video workshops. Offered Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Limit 12.

*New*
Bosque del Apache Hot Spots & Elusive Birds
5:30 AM to 11:30 AM
TH-bhs    $85    Bus Stop, Refuge Visitor Center
Professional photographer and birder Kathryn Dow will be your personal guide and show you the wonderful landscape and wildlife photography opportunities at Bosque del Apache Refuge. Learn how a bird’s behavior and habitat can help you locate it, and discover the prime times and spots to look for elusive birds on the refuge. She will teach you camera settings to achieve the best possible images of encounters on the journey. From sunrise to sunset there is always something to be found and photographed on this beautiful land. Offered Wednesday and Thursday. Limit 15.

*New* Sponsored by Canon
Morning Photography In-the-Field
5:50 AM to 10:30 AM
TH-amp    $125    1/4 Mile North of Flight Deck, Refuge
Join fulltime professional photographers Artie Morris/BIRDS AS ART and Denise Ippolito/A Creative Adventure for four hours of fun and learning at the refuge. You will learn how to create pleasingly blurred images in the low predawn light, to spot the good situations, to understand the effects of wind speed and direction on bird (especially in flight) photography, to photograph individual cranes in flight, to see and understand the light, to get the right exposure every time after making a single test exposure, and to design pleasing images. In addition you will learn and live Artie’s early morning Bosque del Apache strategies, strategies based on over two decades of experience at the refuge. This is a caravan event and a refuge pass will be provided. Dress with layers for warmth and bring snacks and plenty of water. Workshop leaves sharply at 6:00 AM. Look for parking signs, and on site car pooling is encouraged. Offered Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Limit 16.

Deadly Beauty: Raptors and Man
8:00 AM to 11:00 AM
TH-dbrm    $45    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 interconnectedness 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.

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. Offered Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Limit 14.

Sponsored by Hunt’s
Art of Wildlife Photography
9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
TH-awp    $20    Fire Station, San Antonio
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 25.

Science Behind the Scenery
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
TH-sbs    Free    Refuge Expo Tent
Meet the folks who conduct research on the refuge in the Expo Tent on Thursday morning. The researchers will briefly present their projects from 9:00-9:15 and will be standing by posters that display their work until noon to answer any of your questions. Their posters will remain hanging in the Expo Tent throughout the weekend for you to view. Stop and take a look!

All About Raptors
9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
TH-aar    $40    Refuge Biology Building
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 biology building and then you will tour the refuge for about three hours. Offered Thursday and Friday. Limit 20.

Hike: Mines in the Magdalenas,
A geology and cultural history hike
10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
TH-hmm    $7    Meet at Water Canyon
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 3+-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 gold, 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. Allow 30 minutes from Socorro for travel time. We’ll meet at the restroom parking lot where the paved road ends and carpool to the trail head. Limit 14.

*New* Sponsored by Mac Group
Processing & Printing Nature Images
10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
TH-ppi    $30    Refuge Biology Building
Using Adobe® Lightroom® 5 bring out the true beauty of your photograph and get a print to match!
When you first view raw files of your beautiful landscape images, the initial reaction is often one of disappointment and head scratching as you wonder what you did wrong. The problem is often how your camera recorded the scene, not your photographic skills. Unlike your eyes, digital cameras only have one contrast curve, one saturation setting and one color temperature in each capture. When you encounter a beautiful but full contrast scene with bright light and deep shadows, you’re going to have to do some post-processing to bring out the beauty of the scene the way you remember it. Join Joe Brady and see how fast and easy it can be to edit your landscape photography with Adobe Lightroom. Learn to bring out the beauty and even enhance your images so that they convey the impact the scene had on you when you were inspired to capture the image in the first place. Once the image has been adjusted, the ultimate goal is to get a print that matches the great image on your monitor. With a custom paper profile and a calibrated monitor, we’ll make sure that happens as well. Join Joe and learn a landscape photography editing process along with some tips and tricks to make Lightroom 5 work best for you. Joe is being sponsored by the Mac Group. Offered Tuesday and Thursday. Limit 25.

Burrowing Owls and Predators
11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
TH-bop    $12    Fire Station, San Antonio
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 Kirkland 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 30.

Horseback Adventure for the Novice
11:30 AM to 3:30 PM
TH-han    $90    Lemitar Truck Stop Exit 156
Are you looking for an adventure to complete your visit to the diverse and exciting Festival of the 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. 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 144, 6 miles north of Socorro. Offered Tuesday, Thursday. Advanced Adventure offered Wednesday. Limit 15.

Bosque del Apache Biology Program
12:30 PM to 4:00 PM
TH-bbp    $15    Refuge Visitor Center
Bosque del Apache Refuge is situated in the central flyway 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 how the refuge represents an outstanding example of applied research and habitat management working together. Limit 30.

*New* Sponsored by Zeiss
Seven Fold Path to Better Birding
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
TH-sfp    $12    Refuge Expo Tent
Stephen Ingraham, ZEISS Senior Brand Advocate for Birding and Nature presents what every birder wishes he had known as a beginner: seven easy precepts that will increase your enjoyment of birds and success as a birder. Limit 25.

*New*
Loggerhead Shrikes
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
TH-ls     $12     Fire Station, San Antonio
The Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus) is a robin-sized, masked, hook-billed passerine that hunts like a small hawk, preying upon invertebrates, reptiles, small mammals and small birds. Known as “butcher birds”, they impale their prey on sharp thorny vegetation or barbed wire. They occupy a broad geographic area and a wide variety of habitats across North America. A general decline over many different habitats and regions has aroused serious concern. Though this decline is often attributed to loss or degradation of habitat, reasons for decline are not clearly defined. Envirological Services, Inc. has been conducting a study on this amazing bird for the last six years, and would like to share with the audience many aspects of this bird’s striking beauty, unique biology and fascinating behavior. Limit 30.

Sponsored by BRANT Group
Refuge Birding Tour
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
TH-rbt    $15    Bus Stop, Refuge Visitor Center
The Bosque del Apache Birding Tour will highlight 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* Sponsored by Canon
Bosque del Apache Photography
Two-Part Seminar
2:00 PM to 4:30 PM
TH-bp    $50     Refuge Visitor Center
A two-part seminar with Artie Morris and Denise Ippolito
Part I: Bosque del Apache Photography Basics
Artie and Denise will cover the basics of lens selection, tripod and head selection, image design, getting the right exposure, autofocus options, and the relationship between light direction and wind direction, and will give an overview of the best photographic opportunities at the refuge.
Part II: Creative Photography at Bosque del Apache
Artie and Denise will teach you to think outside the box when photographing at Bosque del Apache. You will learn to create a variety of pleasingly blurred images by using slow shutter speeds, by photographing moving subjects, by zooming during the exposure, and by panning with the lens during the exposure. They will teach you to take advantage of spectacular lighting and weather conditions. They will also cover post processing creative techniques. Limit 50.

Afternoon with the Cranes Fly In
2:00 PM to 5:45 PM
TH-awc    $65    Refuge Biology Building
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 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* Sponsored by Sigma
Bird Photography with Roman
3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
TH-bpr     $20    Fire Station, San Antonio
Portraits to Flight
Roman Kurywczak brings you this Q&A program that covers everything you need for bird photography from gear to settings with some special tips and tricks for photographing birds in flight. The program is broken up into segments including gear, shooting angle, light angle, ISO, which mode, f/stop choices, and what shutter speed to use. During each segment photographic examples and questions will be encouraged so attendees can gain a better understanding of the skills and techniques required for this challenging yet exciting aspect of nature photography. You can find galleries, blog, gear reviews, nighttime landscape e-book, and more at: www.roaminwithroman.com. Sigma Camera is a proud sponsor of Roman Kurywczak’s 2014 seminars and workshops. Offered Wednesday and Thursday. Limit 25.

Walk In to Fly In
4:30 PM to 6:00 PM
TH-wifi    $7    Bus Stop, Refuge 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. Many times there is additional room on the bus for walk ons. Exact change is appreciated. Offered Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Limit 90.

Feature Event
Friends Annual Dinner
5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
TH-fad    $37    Bodega Restaurant, Socorro
The Friends of the Bosque del Apache 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. Dinner includes a complementary ticket to the keynote presentation that follows dinner. Dinner is presented at the Bodega Burger Co. with a cash bar opening at 5:30 PM. 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 36. Limit 170.

Feature Event
Friends 5th Annual Silent Auction
6:20 PM to 7:15 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 Speaker
7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
TH-kjk    $5     Bodega Restaurant, Socorro
Free when you join us for Friends Annual Dinner. Keynote speaker to-be-announced. Stay tuned to the website for more information. Friends is working to arrange a keynote speaker from the National Wildlife Refuge System offices.

 


Friday, November 21st

Walk Out to Fly Out
5:30 AM to 7:30 AM
FR-wofo    $7    Bus Stop, Refuge 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 sights and sounds are spectacular. Dress warmly and meet in the visitor center parking lot for a short bus ride and walk to the roosting area. Many times there is additional room on the bus for walk ons. Exact change is appreciated. Offered Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Limit 90.

Sponsored by BRANT Group
Bosque del Apache Birding Intensive
5:30 AM to 11:30 AM
FR-bbi    $95    Bus Stop, Refuge Visitor Center
A trip for birders, this tour will provide you with the most experienced guides the refuge 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, Lee Hopwood, and Doug Gochfeld. A full hot breakfast is provided at about 8:30 AM. Offered Thursday and Friday. Limit 12.

Sandhill Crane Behavior
5:30 AM to 11:30 AM
FR-scb    $85    Bus Stop, Refuge 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 to view 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.

Photograph Birds in Flight Workshop
5:30 AM to 11:30 PM
FR-pbfw    $90    Bus Stop, Refuge 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 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* Sponsored by Panasonic
Video Photography Workshop
5:30 AM to 11:30 AM
FR-vpw     $90     Bus Stop, Refuge Visitor Center
Get your Images Moving!
Adding Motion to Your Still Photography!
Panasonic LUMIX Luminary Rob Knight has been a photography professional and artist for over 25 years. Rob has spent the last two years investigating different ways of integrating moving pictures with still photography. Whether you call it Hybrid Photography (like he does), Fusion, or Cinemagraphs, adding video can help you tell stories in a whole new way. Join Rob and explore the latest techniques for adding motion to your still photography. He will give you tips for learning to see moving pictures, and techniques for capturing great video with your DSLR or mirrorless camera – you don’t need expensive dedicated video rigs to make beautiful video. You can combine still photos and video with software you probably already have, but he will also demonstrate some inexpensive software options to make compelling hybrid photography. You’ll see his complete hybrid workflow from organizing files in Lightroom 5, to creating the presentation, to sharing the finished piece via social media and websites. Find out more about Rob at www.robknightphotography.com. Panasonic is joining the Festival for the first time and is sponsoring Rob Knight’s video workshops. Offered Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Limit 12.

*New* Sponsored by Canon
Morning Photography In-the-Field
5:50 AM to 10:30 AM
FR-amp     $125     1/4 Mile North of Flight Deck, Refuge
Join fulltime professional photographers Artie Morris/BIRDS AS ART and Denise Ippolito/A Creative Adventure for four hours of fun and learning at the refuge. You will learn how to create pleasingly blurred images in the low predawn light, to spot the good situations, to understand the effects of wind speed and direction on bird (especially in flight) photography, to photograph individual cranes in flight, to see and understand the light, to get the right exposure every time after making a single test exposure, and to design pleasing images. In addition you will learn and live Artie’s early morning Bosque del Apache strategies, strategies based on over two decades of experience at the refuge. This is a caravan event and a refuge pass will be provided. Dress with layers for warmth and bring snacks and plenty of water. Workshop leaves sharply at 6:00 AM. Look for parking signs, and on site car pooling is encouraged. Offered Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Limit 16.

Old Mission Church Tour
8:15 AM to 11:30 AM
FR-omct    $20    San Miguel Church, Socorro
Join volunteer Nick Keller as we visit six of the ten 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 Church in Socorro. Limit 21.

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. Offered Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Limit 14.

Raptor ID Tour
8:45 AM to 11:30 AM
FR-rit    $30    Bus Stop, Refuge 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 Friday. Limit 22.

Backyard Bird Feeding
9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
FR-bbf    $12    Fire Station, San Antonio
Tired of the same old birds? Build your own home habitat! Encourage a wider variety of birds in your yard as you learn what bird seed to use, and flowers to plant; how to add water features and encourage nesting; what bird feeders are best; what to do about ants and bees; how to keep unwanted birds away and prevent birds striking your windows. Join Barbara May from Wild Birds Unlimited as she shares tips, and demonstrates an assortment of feeders and accessories in this fun informative session. Limit 30.

*New* Sponsored by Sigma
Macro Photography
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
FR-mpr    $65    Refuge Visitor Center
Professional photographer Roman Kruywczak presents an in-depth Q&A/macro photography workshop devoted to showing you the technical tips and tricks needed to take your macro photography to the next level. Topics covered will range from gear to specific settings, overcoming distracting backgrounds (including photo examples showing how easy they are to overcome), and the use of natural light with a heavy emphasis on using flash correctly in the field to properly balance the exposure to achieve dramatic results. Learn inexpensive tricks used by the pros that can be done using the gear you already own! Bring your camera, macro lens, and flash, if you have it, with a fully charged battery and fresh memory card. Knowledge of how to change your camera settings is required to participate. Sigma will provide some loaner lenses for you to try out during this hands-on workshop. Festival of the Cranes wishes to thank Sigma Camera for sponsoring Roman. You can find more of his work on his website and blog: www.roaminwithroman.com. Offered Tuesday and Friday. Limit 30.

All About Raptors
9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
FR-aar     $40     Refuge Biology Building
Join an experienced raptor handler for this comprehensive course on the identification of birds of prey. Dr. KathleenRamsay 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 biology building and then you will tour the refuge for about three hours. Offered Thursday and Friday. Limit 20.

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.

Hike: Canyon Trail
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
FR-hct     $7     Meet at trailhead, Refuge
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.

Hike: Chupadera Peak
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
FR-hcp    $7     Meet at trailhead, Refuge
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.

*New* Sponsored by Zeiss
Point and Shoot for Wildlife
10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
FR-psp     $12     Refuge Expo Tent
How to take outstanding pictures with simple equipment
Stephen Ingraham, ZEISS Senior Brand Advocate for Birding and Nature, presents an inexpensive (relatively) approach to capturing satisfying wildlife images, using digital point and shoot cameras with and without a spotting scope. He will also cover Compact Mirrorless System alternatives to conventional long-lens DSLR solutions. Yes, you too, can be a wildlife photographer! Limit 25.

Fire Across Our Landscapes
10:30 AM to 1:00 PM
FR-faol     $5     Refuge Fire Station
Enhancing Wildlife Habitat
Experience a real fire on the refuge! Typically you only get to read about a fire - here you get a chance to see what happens up close. The New Mexico Fire District of the National Wildlife Refuge System 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 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 fire. Limit 20.

Bats Bats Bats
11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
FR-bbb    $12     Fire Station, San Antonio
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 echolcation 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 30.

Refuge Tour
12:30 PM to 3:00 PM
FR-rt     $5      Bus Stop, Refuge Visitor Center
This is a unique 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.

Sponsored by Hunt’s
Photography Intensive Workshop
12:30 PM to 6:00 PM Friday and
5:30 AM to 11:30 AM Saturday
FR-piw     $190     Refuge 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. It is 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 del Apache. 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 environment tal 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. Russ is being sponsored by Hunt’s Photography and Video. Offered Tuesday/Wednesday and Friday/Saturday. Limit 12.

*New* Sponsored by Mac Group
Perfect Color & Exposure Photography
1:00 PM to 2:15 PM
FR-pce     $30     Refuge Visitor Center
In Bird, Nature and Landscapes (seminar only)
Every camera has its own idea about color and exposure. While nature and landscape color can be somewhat subjective, wouldn’t it be nice to have all of your images starting from a perfect standard of color and light? While today’s cameras have wonderful metering systems that perform well under many conditions, finding the perfect exposure for birds in flight or white clouds in a landscape often presents problems. The light in these types of subjects can be fleeting and change quickly. For correct color rendition, white balance gets you close, but every camera has its own idea of what red, green and blue mean. Join Joe Brady as he shows how the combination of a ColorChecker Passport and a calibrated Sekonic L-758DR meter can give you the information for perfect exposure and color under practically any lighting condition. No more strangely colored blue skies, no more blown-out plumage, no more white holes where the clouds used to be and no need to under expose to prevent burnouts that result in noisy, low contrast, low detail images in post process. A calibrated spot-meter gives you the information you need to get the best possible digital capture every time. A ColorChecker Passport gets you perfect color as you process your images. No more missed shots as you wait for the perfect light, pose or flight for that great photograph. Confidently shoot at the perfect moment to get the shot you want. Offered Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. Limit 13.

*New* Sponsored by Mac Group
Perfect Color and Exposure
Photography Intensive
1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
FR-pcew     $90      Refuge Visitor Center
In Bird, Nature and Landscapes
(seminar and field workshop intensive)
This is an Intensive workshop that includes both the seminar (outlined above) and workshop segments. Join Joe Brady as he shows how the combination of a ColorChecker Passport and a calibrated Sekonic L-758DR meter can give you the information for perfect exposure when photographing out in the field. A calibrated spot-meter gives you the information you need to get the best possible digital capture every time. Gain a greater understanding of how spot metering can help you protect highlights and white plumage while getting the most out of your camera’s tonal range capabilities. Learn to recognize the lighting conditions when an incident meter reading might be the best choice – particularly in the shade and for birds and animals with darker color schemes. A ColorChecker Passport gets you perfect color back at your computer as you process your images. Having a standard reference will ensure consistent results and the most accurate color rendition possible. No more strangely colored blue skies, no more blown-out plumage, no more white holes where the clouds used to be and no need to under expose to prevent burnouts that result in noisy, low contrast, low detail images in post process. See how these tools can help you to produce better results in all your photography and let you concentrate on your subject and its composition in the environment! Joe is being sponsored by the Mac Group who will be supplying equipment loaners for hands-on experience. Offered Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. Limit 12.

All About Owls
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
FR-aao      $12     Fire Station, San Antonio
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 30.

*New* Sponsored by Canon
Love Affair with Bosque del Apache
1:00 PM to 2:40 PM
FR-lab     Free     Bodega Restaurant, Socorro
A slide program by Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART
Artie Morris first visited Bosque del Apache Refuge while on sabbatical with his wife Elaine in December, 1992. While leading his first Bosque del Apache photographic workshop, he created two iconic images. His “Blizzard in Blue” was honored in the prestigious 1998 BBC Wildlife Photographers of the Year Competition. “Fire in the Mist” was similarly honored in the 2001 BBC competition and soon thereafter was featured as wrap-around cover art on Life on the Earth, a celebration of 30 years of the best images from the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competitions. Those two images laid the foundation for his more than two decade love affair with the refuge. He has returned every year since then in late-November leading BIRDS AS ART Instructional Photo- Tours. In addition, he has two February visits along with two September visits, the latter visits in conjunction with the Bosque del Apache Open Windows Volunteer Program that he founded. Join us for Artie’s photographic celebration of his “Love Affair with Bosque del Apache”. Limit 200.

San Miguel Church Adobe Workshop
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
FR-smc      $25     San Miguel Parish Hall, Socorro
A History of San Miguel’s Adobes
Renovation and Adobe Workshop:
Anticipating San Miguel Church’s 400th Anniversary (1615-2015), a presentation of historical adobe (mud brick) structure lectures, as well as a traditional mudding demonstration used in many local southwestern churches and buildings is offered. Join us for a tour and lecture of the church building and its many renovations, care and maintenance covering the period since its founding and continuous use. A refreshment period will offer samples of traditional “horno” (oven) baked pastries. Participants will be given sample adobe bricks. Lectures will be held in the San Miguel Church Office Building adjacent to the church. It is recommended participants dress for the weather although some lectures will be held indoors. Limit 40.

J.E. Smith Museum Tour
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
FR-smt2      $7     Socorro, Smith House
Vintage Frontier Photography Museum
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     $7      Rio Viejo Trailhead, Refuge
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. Meet at the trailhead. Limit 15.

Afternoon with the Cranes Fly In
2:00 PM to 5:45 PM
FR-awc     $65     Refuge 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 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.

Iris Passcal Tour
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.

J.E. Smith Museum Tour
3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
FR-smt3     $7     Socorro, Smith House
Vintage Frontier Photography Museum
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.

Life & Times of Rio Grande Raptors
3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
FR-ltr     $12      Fire Station, San Antonio
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 30.

Walk In to Fly In
4:30 PM to 6:00 PM
FR-wifi     $7     Bus Stop, Refuge 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. Many times there is additional room on the bus for walk ons. Exact change is appreciated. Offered Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Limit 93.

Refuge 75th Birthday Party
5:00 PM to 8:30 PM and beyond
FR-fsbs     $15      Bodega Restaurant, Socorro
Friday night fun with local music, SW tapas appetizer bar and 75th anniversary collector’s beer or wine glass all for $15 cover. If looking for a bigger meal, menus are available. See description on page 46. Limit 200.

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. Directions can be found at http://infohost.nmt.edu/~astro/EtscornPages/directions.html. Limit 200.

*New*
NM Tech Performing Arts Series
California Guitar Trio and Montreal Guitar Trio
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
This co-bill program features six virtuoso guitarists from four countries (Japan, Canada, Belgium, and US). CGT and MG3 fuse over 40 years of combined performing experience into one unique six-by-six string “phenomensemble.” In a pleasantly surprising way, CGT’s steel stringed-guitars blend naturally with MG3’s nylon-stringed guitars, as each trio’s fret boards chase the other’s original compositions and new arrangements of world, jazz and classical music. If you are in town earlier check out the ad for additional performances with tickets available at the door. www.nmtpas.org or 575-835-5688. Limit 150.

 

 


Saturday, November 22nd

Walk Out to Fly Out
5:30 AM to 7:30 AM
SA-wofo    $7     Bus Stop, Refuge 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 sights and sounds are spectacular. Dress warmly and meet in the visitor center parking lot for a short bus ride and walk to the roosting area. Many times there is additional room on the bus for walk ons. Exact change is appreciated. Offered Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Limit 90.

*New*
Manual Exposure Photo Workshop
5:30 AM to 11:30 AM
SA-mepw    $90     Bus Stop, Refuge 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* Sponsored by Canon
Morning Photography In-the-Field
5:50 AM to 10:30 AM
SA-amp     $125     1/4 Mile North of Flight Deck, Refuge
Join fulltime professional photographers Artie Morris/BIRDS AS ART and Denise Ippolito/A Creative Adventure for four hours of fun and learning at the refuge. You will learn how to create pleasingly blurred images in the low predawn light, to spot the good situations, to understand the effects of wind speed and direction on bird (especially in flight) photography, to photograph individual cranes in flight, to see and understand the light, to get the right exposure every time after making a single test exposure, and to design pleasing images. In addition you will learn and live Artie’s early morning Bosque del Apache strategies, strategies based on over two decades of experience at the refuge. This is a caravan event and a refuge pass will be provided. Dress with layers for warmth and bring snacks and plenty of water. Workshop leaves sharply at 6:00 AM. Look for parking signs, and on site car pooling is encouraged. Offered Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Limit 16.

Sponsored by BRANT Group
Duck Butts Intensive Workshop
7:00 AM to 12:30 PM
SA-dbiw     $90     Refuge 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.

Migration of Cranes
8:00 AM to 9:30 AM
SA-mc     $12      Fire Station, San Antonio
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 30.

*New*
Archery In-the-Field (For Kids!)
8:30 AM to 10:00 AM
SA-aif1     Free     Bus Stop, Refuge Visitor Center
Archery is a sport for the whole family. Over the years archery has gained popularity because of the valuable skills one learns and the competitive nature of the sport. Learn skills like dominant eye, proper form, bow grip, release and follow through. Mentors will be on site facilitating a structured yet fun archery shoot. A safety briefing will initiate the commencement of the shoot followed by an explanation of whistle commands for shooting and arrow removal from targets. Three sessions are offered Saturday morning. For session openings during Festival inquire at the Festival Information Desk in the visitor center. Limit 12.

Sponsored by BRANT Group
Refuge Birding Tour
8:30 AM to 11:30 AM
SA-rbt     $15      Bus Stop, Refuge Visitor Center
The Bosque del Apache Birding Tour will highlight 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.

Duck Banding Project (For Kids!)
9:00 AM to 9:30 AM
SA-dbp1      Free     Refuge Flight Deck
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. Get a car pass at the visitor center registration deck prior to your departure on Saturday. Two 30 minute sessions are being offered with registration. An additional session will be offered with registration when the first two sessions fill. An additional one or two sessions may be offered if ducks are available -- so check with the visitor center Festival Information Desk on Saturday morning of Festival. Limit 15.

Bosque del Apache Raptor Tour
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
SA-brt     $30      Bus Stop, Refuge 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. Offered Saturday and Sunday. Meet at the visitor center bus stop. Limit 22.

Duck Banding Project (For Kids!)
9:30 AM to 10:00 AM
SA-dbp2      Free     Refuge Flight Deck
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. Get a car pass at the visitor center registration deck prior to your departure on Saturday. Two 30 minute sessions are being offered with registration. An additional session will be offered with registration when the first two sessions fill. An additional one or two sessions may be offered if ducks are available -- so check with the visitor center Festival Information Desk on Saturday morning of Festival. Limit 15.

*New*
Archery In-the-Field (For Kids!)
9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
SA-aif2    Free     Bus Stop, Refuge Visitor Center
Archery is a sport for the whole family. Over the years archery has gained popularity because of the valuable skills one learns and the competitive nature of the sport. Learn skills like dominant eye, proper form, bow grip, release and follow through. Mentors will be on site facilitating a structured yet fun archery shoot. A safety briefing will initiate the commencement of the shoot followed by an explanation of whistle commands for shooting and arrow removal from targets. Three sessions are offered Saturday morning. For session openings during Festival inquire at the Festival Information Desk in the visitor center. Limit 12.

*New* Sponsored by Zeiss
Best Optics Selection
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
SA-bos    Free     Refuge Expo Tent
Stephen Ingraham, ZEISS Senior Brand Advocate for Birding and Nature presents how to choose the best optics for birding and nature observation. Limit 25.

*New* Sponsored by Sigma
Photographing Wildlife with Roman
10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
SA-pwr     $20     Fire Station, San Antonio
Portraits to Action
Roman Kurywczak brings you this exciting educational program that covers everything you will need to know about photographing wildlife in the field. The photographic journey will cover exotic locations such as Tanzania but also include many tips for photographing wildlife closer to home in some unexpected places. Minimum gear requirements will be discussed for both the safety of the wildlife and the photographer. Camera settings will be covered including what mode to use as well as choosing the right ISO for wildlife portrait work as well as action photography. There will be plenty of image examples showing how settings provide impact to your images. The program concludes with an in-depth segment on photographing birds in flight. You can find galleries, blog, gear reviews, nighttime landscape e-book, and more at: www.roaminwithroman.com. Sigma Camera is a proud sponsor of Roman Kurywczak’s 2014 seminars and workshops. Offered Tuesday and Saturday. Limit 25.

*New*
J.E. Smith Museum Darkroom Workshop
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
SA-smd1    $65     Socorro, Smith House
Do you appreciate the art of vintage photography development or just want to experience the process? A once in a lifetime experience is being offered during Festival. This is a hands-on experience to develop and print J.E. Smith Collection photographs in his home from his original glass plate negatives. Participants will learn the art and take home an 11” x 14” print as their own. 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. 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 4.

*New*
Archery In-the-Field (For Kids!)
10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
SA-aif3      Free      Bus Stop, Refuge Visitor Center
Archery is a sport for the whole family. Over the years archery has gained popularity because of the valuable skills one learns and the competitive nature of the sport. Learn skills like dominant eye, proper form, bow grip, release and follow through. Mentors will be on site facilitating a structured yet fun archery shoot. A safety briefing will initiate the commencement of the shoot followed by an explanation of whistle commands for shooting and arrow removal from targets. Three sessions are offered Saturday morning. For session openings during Festival inquire at the Festival Information Desk in the visitor center. Limit 12.

Hike: Indian Wells Wilderness
12:30 PM to 3:00 PM
SA-hiww     $7      Bus Stop, Refuge Visitor Center
This hike is a 2+ hour hike into the Indian Wells Wilderness Area. Join Friends’ President Lise Spargo and volunteer JR Seeger at the visitor center bus stop to board the bus to the Canyon Trail parking lot. The hike will leave the marked Canyon Trail and head 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, Refuge Visitor Center
This is a unique 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.

Physiology of Migratory Birds
1:00 AM to 2:30 PM
SA-pmb      $12      Fire Station, San Antonio
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 30.

*New*
Historic San Miguel Church Tour
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
SA-hsm      Free     San Miguel Parish Hall, Socorro
Join Deacon Nick Keller, an active ordained Deacon at San Miguel Church in Socorro, for a private tour of this newly restored church. Deacon Nick will talk about how the church was just re-dedicated on September 26, 2014 after nearly four years of being closed for restoration and repair. He will share the facts about many aspects of structure and aesthetics that were addressed in the time the church was closed from November of 2010 until this past September. This historic church is now in a year-long celebration of the 400 years of faith in this area which dates all the way back to the founding of the community in the early 17th Century. Deacon Nick will highlight the type of structure this nearly 400-year-old church is and the amount of restoration that has just been completed. Free will offerings are appreciated. No limit of attendees with no need to register - just meet us at the front door.

*New* Sponsored by Mac Group
Perfect Color & Exposure Photography
1:00 PM to 2:15 PM
SA-pce     $30     Refuge Visitor Center
In Bird, Nature and Landscapes (seminar only)
Every camera has its own idea about color and exposure. While nature and landscape color can be somewhat subjective, wouldn’t it be nice to have all of your images starting from a perfect standard of color and light? While today’s cameras have wonderful metering systems that perform well under many conditions, finding the perfect exposure for birds in flight or white clouds in a landscape often presents problems. The light in these types of subjects can be fleeting and change quickly. For correct color rendition, white balance gets you close, but every camera has its own idea of what red, green and blue mean. Join Joe Brady as he shows how the combination of a ColorChecker Passport and a calibrated Sekonic L-758DR meter can give you the information for perfect exposure and color under practically any lighting condition. No more strangely colored blue skies, no more blown-out plumage, no more white holes where the clouds used to be and no need to under expose to prevent burnouts that result in noisy, low contrast, low detail images in post process. A calibrated spot-meter gives you the information you need to get the best possible digital capture every time. A ColorChecker Passport gets you perfect color as you process your images. No more missed shots as you wait for the perfect light, pose or flight for that great photograph. Confidently shoot at the perfect moment to get the shot you want. Offered Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. Limit 13.

*New* Sponsored by Mac Group
Perfect Color and Exposure
Photography Intensive
1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
SA-pcew     $90     Refuge Visitor Center
In Bird, Nature and Landscapes
(seminar and field workshop intensive)
This is an Intensive workshop that includes both the seminar (outlined above) and workshop segments. Join Joe Brady as he shows how the combination of a ColorChecker Passport and a calibrated Sekonic L-758DR meter can give you the information for perfect exposure when photographing out in the field. A calibrated spot-meter gives you the information you need to get the best possible digital capture every time. Gain a greater understanding of how spot metering can help you protect highlights and white plumage while getting the most out of your camera’s tonal range capabilities. Learn to recognize the lighting conditions when an incident meter reading might be the best choice – particularly in the shade and for birds and animals with darker color schemes. A ColorChecker Passport gets you perfect color back at your computer as you process your images. Having a standard reference will ensure consistent results and the most accurate color rendition possible. No more strangely colored blue skies, no more blown-out plumage, no more white holes where the clouds used to be and no need to under expose to prevent burnouts that result in noisy, low contrast, low detail images in post process. See how these tools can help you to produce better results in all your photography and let you concentrate on your subject and its composition in the environment! Joe is being sponsored by the Mac Group who will be supplying equipment loaners for hands-on experience. Offered Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. Limit 12.

*New* for Kids and Parents
Tracking Techniques
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
SA-tca1     Free      Refuge Visitor Center
How do biologists know where secretive animals live? Join Ashley Inslee with a game for kids learning how biologists find animals using telemetry radio collar monitoring techniques. Try tracking down a collar by using our telemetry equipment around the “Wildlife Zone”. Meet at the visitor center at 12:50 PM. You will gain a better understanding of how and why researchers collar and track animals. Offered twice Saturday and twice Sunday. Limit 20.

*New*
J.E. Smith Museum Darkroom Workshop
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
SA-smd2    $65      Socorro, Smith House
Do you appreciate the art of vintage photography development or just want to experience the process? A once in a lifetime experience is being offered during Festival. This is a hands-on experience to develop and print J.E. Smith Collection photographs in his home from his original glass plate negatives. Participants will learn the art and take home an 11” x 14” print as their own. 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. 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 4.

VLA Tour
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
SA-vla     Free     VLA, 50 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. Offered Wednesday and Saturday. Limit 35.

*New* for Kids and Parents
Tracking Techniques
2:30 PM to 3:30 PM
SA-tca2      Free      Refuge Visitor Center
How do biologists know where secretive animals live? Join Ashley Inslee with a game for kids learning how biologists find animals using telemetry radio collar monitoring techniques. Try tracking down a collar by using our telemetry equipment around the “Wildlife Zone”. Meet at the visitor center at 2:20 PM. You will gain a better understanding of how and why researchers collar and track animals. Offered twice Saturday and twice Sunday. Limit 20.

Birds of Bosque del Apache
3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
SA-bob      $12       Fire Station, San Antonio
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 30.

Sponsored by BRANT Group
Owling Expedition Intensive
4:15 PM to 9:00 PM
SA-oew      $95      Refuge Visitor Center
Two highly experienced birders Michael Hilchey and Raymond VanBuskirk offer an uncommon opportunity. Elusive and beautiful, owls are a highly sought-after bird on any 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. Offered Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday. Limit 20.

Walk In to Fly In
4:30 PM to 6:00 PM
SA-wifi     $7      Bus Stop, Refuge 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. Many times there is additional room on the bus for walk ons. Exact change is appreciated. Offered Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Limit 90.

*New* Sponsored by Sigma
VLA Startrails Night Photography
5:00 PM to 9:30 PM
SA-snp     $80      VLA, 50 miles west of Socorro
Photographing the Nighttime Landscape
This is a special workshop offering. The NRAO Very Large Array (VLA) in partnership with Friends of the Bosque del Apache and Sigma Camera have teamed together to offer a once-in-a-decade nighttime photography workshop of spectacular magnitude. Join Roman Kurywczak, a photography pro sponsored by Sigma Camera, as he leads an educational how-to program designed to open up your eyes to the possibility of photographing landscapes with the star filled sky as a backdrop. Equipment, tips, techniques, and camera setting for both star points and star trails will be covered. Explore “light painting” of a foreground subject as well as overcoming obstacles when the conditions are less than ideal. Leave your electronic communication equipment (cell phones, I-pad and computer) in your vehicle for they are not allowed on site during this workshop. The workshop begins at 5:00 PM at the VLA cafeteria for an equipment check and camera set-up. Bring your own sack dinner to eat during this orientation. All communication devices will need to be turned off for this workshop for they interfere with the VLA’s telescope data collection. The Very Large Array, one of the world’s premier astronomical radio observatories, consists of 27 radio antennas in a Y-shaped configuration on the Plains of San Agustin. Each antenna is 25 meters (82 feet) in diameter. An optional cash prize photo contest for the best images will be announced during orientation. The best of the best judged by Roman and team will have the potential of being published by Friends, the VLA and Sigma. Rules, timing and photo contest details will be supplied at the workshop. Remember to dress warmly and in layers plus bring water and an optional flashlight head lamp with red filter. You will be walking in the desert at night up to 1/3 mile to the antennas so consider your equipment weight and good walking boots. There is a cloudy night back-up plan if weather is less than ideal. If weather is extreme and the workshop needs to be cancelled refunds will be issued. Come a little early and enjoy the on-site gift store that is staying open until 5:00 just for you or make it an afternoon by also registering for the VLA Tour at 2:00 PM. The VLA is located 50 miles west of Socorro on U.S. Highway 60. From U.S. 60, turn South on NM 52, then West on the VLA access road, which is well marked. Signs will point you to the VLA Visitor Center. Another gem is Roman’s e-book on the subject: A Digital Guide to Photographing the Night Sky released in Feb. 2011. You can find galleries, blog, gear reviews, nighttime landscape e-book, and more at: www.roaminwithroman.com. Check out the VLA website at www.vla.nrao.edu. Allow one hour travel time from Socorro. Offered Wednesday and Saturday. Limit 40.

 


Sunday, November 23rd

Walk Out to Fly Out
5:30 AM to 7:30 AM
SU-wofo      $7      Bus Stop, Refuge 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 sights and sounds are spectacular. Dress warmly and meet in the visitor center parking lot for a short bus ride and walk to the roosting area. Many times there is additional room on the bus for walk ons. Exact change is appreciated. Offered Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Limit 90.

*New* Sponsored by Canon
Morning Photography In-the-Field
5:50 AM to 10:30 AM
SU-amp     $125     1/4 Mile North of Flight Deck, Refuge
Join fulltime professional photographers Artie Morris/BIRDS AS ART and Denise Ippolito/A Creative Adventure for four hours of fun and learning at the refuge. You will learn how to create pleasingly blurred images in the low predawn light, to spot the good situations, to understand the effects of wind speed and direction on bird (especially in flight) photography, to photograph individual cranes in flight, to see and understand the light, to get the right exposure every time after making a single test exposure, and to design pleasing images. In addition you will learn and live Artie’s early morning Bosque del Apache strategies, strategies based on over two decades of experience at the refuge. This is a caravan event and a refuge pass will be provided. Dress with layers for warmth and bring snacks and plenty of water. Workshop leaves sharply at 6:00 AM. Look for parking signs, and on site car pooling is encouraged. Offered Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Limit 16.

*New* Sponsored by BRANT Group
Albuquerque Birding Hot Spots
A Day with the Experts
7:30 AM to 4:30 PM
SU-abhs     $200     Valle de Oro NWR, Albuquerque
Birding from the Valley of Gold to the Snow Swept Summits
Join Jennifer Owen-White, refuge manager of the first urban National Wildlife Refuge in the Southwest, and Raymond VanBuskirk, rosy-finch researcher and expert, for a very special day of birding in two of Albuquerque’s most well-known hot spots! We will start the day by visiting the Valle de Oro NWR, located on the east bank of the Rio Grande just south of Albuquerque, and end it at the Sandia Crest, home to all three North American rosy-finches and the location of Raymond’s eleven year study of the winter ecology of rosy-finches. As we explore the 570 acres of habitat at Valle de Oro NWR, which serves as an urban oasis for both wildlife and people, Jennifer will share the past, present, and future of this incredible refuge. She will share her vision for its impacts on youth education in the Albuquerque Metropolitan Area and how the refuge will fulfill the goals of President Obama’s America’s Great Outdoors Initiative. After a morning of birding in the Rio Grande Valley we will head up to the Sandia Crest at 10,678 feet to the winter home of some of North America’s hardest-to-find bird species, where we will have lunch and the chance to talk with Raymond and his team of researchers about the important work they have been doing for the past eleven years. Not only will we be watching all three rosy-finch species at the feeders, but we will have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take part in this important bird research – and maybe even release a few finches back to the wild! Depart: 7:30 AM at Valle de Oro NWR, 7851 2nd St. SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102. Ends: 4:30 PM at Valle de Oro NWR. Take exit 220 on I-25, west on Rio Bravo Blvd. to 2nd St. then turn left (south) for about 3.4 miles looking for parking on the right. As the Valle de Oro NWR is a 75 minute drive from Socorro, you may want to stay the night before the trip in Albuquerque. Transportation from the departure site will be provided and lunch is included. Bring plenty snacks, water, warm clothes (layers), boots, etc. Limit 24.

Sponsored by BRANT Group
Refuge Birding Tour
8:30 AM to 11:30 AM
SU-rbt     $15     Bus Stop, Refuge Visitor Center
The Bosque del Apache Birding Tour will highlight 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* for Kids and Parents
Tracking Techniques (For Kids!)
9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
SU-tca9     Free      Refuge Visitor Center
How do biologists know where secretive animals live? Join Ashley Inslee with a game for kids learning how biologists find animals using telemetry radio collar monitoring techniques. Try tracking down a collar by using our telemetry equipment around the “Wildlife Zone”. Meet at the visitor center at 8:50 AM. You will gain a better understanding of how and why researchers collar and track animals. Offered twice Saturday and twice Sunday. Limit 20.

Bosque del Apache Raptor Tour
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
SU-brt     $30     Bus Stop, Refuge 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, TishMorris and other volunteers, participants can expect to see the best the refuge has to offer. Offered Saturday and Sunday. Meet at the visitor center bus stop. Limit 22.

Hike: Mesa Trail
10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
SU-hmt     $7      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. Bring water, lunch, and wear sturdy boots. Limit 15.

*New* for Kids and Parents
Tracking Techniques (For Kids!)
10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
SU-tca10      Free     Refuge Visitor Center
How do biologists know where secretive animals live? Join Ashley Inslee with a game for kids learning how biologists find animals using telemetry radio collar monitoring techniques. Try tracking down a collar by using our telemetry equipment around the “Wildlife Zone”. Meet at the visitor center at 10:20 AM. You will gain a better understanding of how and why researchers collar and track animals. Offered twice Saturday and twice Sunday. Limit 20.

Refuge Tour
12:30 PM to 3:00 PM
SU-rt     $5      Bus Stop, Refuge Visitor Center
This is a unique 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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