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SCHEDULE
The 2015 Festival schedule is set! Check out the slate below, see the Schedule Summary, or peruse the complete 2015 Festival brochure(5Mb pdf).


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TUESDAY 11/17/15

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 will 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 Allison Ferkovich. Special guest speakers are Sandra Noll and Erv Nichols. Warm shoes and warm, layered clothing is recommended. Offered Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.  Limit 20.

*New*
Digiscoping Photography Workshop     
5:30 AM to 10:00 AM
TU-dpw    $70      Bus Stop, Refuge Visitor Center
Join Wayne Pope, a professor of photography, as he leads you into the discovery of Digiscoping, the art of nature photography with a field spotting scope and a digital camera. Cellphone, mobile devices, point & shoot cameras, and digital SLRs are all used. An adaptor is necessary to mount the camera to the eye piece of the spotting scope and keep it in place. “Digibining” is the use of binoculars.  Digiscoping provides a low-cost alternative to traditional methods of nature photography with expensive telephoto lenses and professional cameras. If you already have a spotting scope or binoculars, all you need is an adapter to mount your camera. Bring your scope, tripod, a fluid video tripod head for smooth panning, and plenty of high-speed, high-capacity memory cards. This is a field workshop that will teach you how to handle your equipment, manual focus and get wildlife shots and videos that you can quickly share on the web. Offered Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday.  Limit 16.

*New* Sponsored by Tamron
Capturing Birds in Flight             
5:30 AM to 11:30 AM
TU-cbf    $90        Bus Stop, Refuge Visitor Center
A unique image of a single bird or a flock of birds in flight is the desire and dream of most every wildlife and nature photographer. It may simply be due to our fascination with flight, or our curiosity of how it is done. In this workshop, Tamron Image Master and professional nature photographer, David Akoubian, will demonstrate how to capture that image we all dream of. Whether you are wanting a sharp single bird as it cruises, a flock as it takes to the sky, or learning to pan with the bird for a more artsy image, technique is the key. David will discuss the proper mode to use on your camera as well as getting that perfect exposure. David will offer suggestions on making your birds in flight photography more enjoyable as well as simplifying it. The workshop starts in the field then moves to the classroom for breakfast at 9:30 AM. Offered Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.  Limit 12.

*New* Sponsored by Canon
Canon Intensive             
5:30 AM to 11:30 AM
TU-ceol    $90      Bus Stop, Refuge Visitor Center
Join Adam Jones, Canon Explorer of Light photography pro, for a special workshop. Learn from Canon’s best in an intensive field and classroom workshop. Four hours in the field are followed by a hot breakfast and two hours of classroom. Learn how to get the most out of digital photography with straight forward, simple techniques for landscapes, wildlife, birds in flight, or macro photography. Work with Canon loaner lens learning how to see subjects regarding composition and lighting. Some great principals will also be covered such as:  Depth of Field, Flash in the Field, What lenses Do: Selecting the right lens for your vision, HDR, Focus Stacking for unlimited depth of field, and High ISO noise solutions in post processing.  Offered Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday.  Limit 20.

Sponsored by BRANT Group  
Land, Sea and Air Intensive       
6:50 AM to 4:00 PM
TU-lsai   $150     Refuge Visitor Center
Join BRANT for an amazing day of birds on and off the water! For this workshop we’ll be visiting Elephant Butte Lake State Park by land and by boat! The boat will allow 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! The 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 60 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! Regular LSA tours offered Wednesday and Thursday; photo LSA offered Friday.  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.

All About Raptors          
8:30 AM to 12:30 PM
TU-aar   $35         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 Tuesday and Wednesday.  Limit 20.

*New*
Point & Shoot Nature Photography        
10:00 AM to 11:30 AM                                                             
TU-psn      $25     Bus Stop, Refuge Visitor Center
Join Stephen Ingraham as he introduces Point and Shoot Nature Photography: bird and wildlife, macro and landscape. Serious nature photography is no longer the sole domain of the well equipped DSLR photographer. As thousands of photographers have discovered over the past few years, today’s long zoom Point and Shoot digital cameras, in the hands of a thoughtful and creative photographer, are capable of amazingly satisfying images of everything from birds and wildlife, to macros of wildflowers and insects, to grand landscapes and sweeping panoramas under dramatic skies...all in a relatively small, compact, and inexpensive package. This workshop provides a basic introduction to the cameras (including how to choose the best one for your needs) and techniques that put nature photography within the reach of anyone with the desire to share what they appreciate in the natural world. Part inspiration and part instruction, it will change the way you look at nature photography...and convince you that it is indeed possible to be a “real” nature photographer with a Point & Shoot camera.  Limit 20.

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 and ride 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.

Co-Sponsored by Hunt’s Photo & Video
Photography Intensive Workshop          
12:30 PM to 6:00 PM Tuesday and
5:30 AM to 11:30 AM Wednesday (part 2)   
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 participate. 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 Tamron
Making the Most of Macro        
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
TU-mmm   $50    Refuge Visitor Center
Photography up close!
We all have opportunities to hone our photography skills by shooting macro subjects. Improving your macro work improves all types of photography whether it be wildlife or landscape. Macro is simply a very small landscape, often including a bug, that when done correctly carries over to all of our camera work. Join Tamron Image Master and professional nature photographer David Akoubian as he lectures and demonstrates simple techniques and offers tips to improve not only your macro but all of your photography endeavors. David sells many macro images as fine art prints to corporate clients simply by creating eye pleasing images through understanding his equipment, depth of field, and the information passed on to the viewer. He will discuss simple techniques to maximize depth of field while limiting unnecessary elements within the image. He will also discuss the ability to achieve many great macro images with all-in-one lenses. Offered Tuesday and Thursday.  Limit 25.

*New* Sponsored by Photomatrix and Hunt’s
Photoshop Elements - Beginners    
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM            
TU-peb   $45        Refuge Biology Building
Join Hazel Meredith, owner of Meredith Images, as she leads you to discover better photography image processing. You’ve bought your first copy of Adobe’s Photoshop Elements. Now what do you do with it? This class will review the basic functions of the program and help you organize, find, and edit your images. These techniques apply to all versions of Elements. Learn to download your photos from your memory card to the Elements Organizer. We will review the workflow of your image, beginning with layers – the four types of layers, why they are important and what they do. Then, we will work together on projects to learn basic editing techniques - cropping, resizing, straightening; fixing color and lighting; fixing “problem” areas (zapping blemishes and dust bunny spots); converting an image to black and white or sepia monotone; using selections tools; and finally, sharpening and saving our photos.  Limit 25.

Sponsored by BRANT Group
Refuge Birding Tour      
2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
TU-rbt   $20         Bus Stop, Refuge Visitor Center
The Bosque del Apache Birding Tour is the perfect trip for those looking to discover the incredible diversity of birds on the refuge. Whether you are a long-time birder or a new recruit, this trip is sure to thrill as we search for raptors, waterfowl, cranes, and any other birds the refuge has to offer. 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 Photomatrix & Hunt’s
Working with Textures & Overlays
Turn Ho-Hum into a Work of Art    
3:00 PM to 4:30 PM            
TU-wto   $45        Refuge Biology Building
Don’t delete that digital image! Do you sometimes have a shot that you really like…a subject that is hard to capture…a place you may not get to again….but it’s not perfect? Turn that “almost” good shot into a work of art by utilizing textures and overlays. Join Hazel Meredith, owner of Meredith Images, as she leads you to discover better photography image processing. Maybe it’s a bird in flight – the bird looks great, but the sky is blah. Use another sky image as an overlay, or add a texture – or both! Maybe it’s a nice flower shot – good color and composition, but it’s not quite tack sharp. Use textures to turn it into a fine art image! Textures are everywhere – there are many free and for-purchase ones online. However, you can create your own textures from photos of everyday objects – I’ll show you how and where to find them. There is much you can do to create a beautiful work of art. Working with layers and blending modes, I will show you how easy it is! Offered Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.  Limit 25.

Sponsored by BRANT Group
Owling Expedition Intensive      
4:15 PM to 9:00 PM                               
TU-oew     $95     Expo Conference Tent
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, Thursday, and Saturday.  Limit 20.

 

WEDNESDAY 11/18/15

*New*
Point & Shoot Nature Photography        
5:30 AM to 10:30 AM                                                               
WE-psnp   $60     Bus Stop, Refuge Visitor Center
Join Stephen Ingraham exploring the refuge North Loop. A full morning of opportunity to get out and take pictures with your point & shoot camera in a supportive, nurturing atmosphere...and a beautiful spot with opportunities for birds, wildlife, and landscapes. This will include the dawn flyout and capturing early morning light.  Limit 20.

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 Allison Ferkovich. Warm shoes and warm, layered clothing recommended. Offered Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.  Limit 20.

*New* Sponsored by Tamron
Designing Landscape Images     
5:30 AM to 11:30 AM
WE-dli    $90        Bus Stop, Refuge Visitor Center
Landscape Photography Workshop
There are very few places in this country that are commonly visited that haven’t been photographed before. Typically we go to visit a place because we have seen an image that we liked and wanted to see it. The problem for the photographer is capturing something “different” in a scene. We always want to make it our own. Tamron Image Master and professional nature photographer David Akoubian will talk on making an image your own through design. He will discuss and demonstrate how choosing a lens can change the design. He will teach you to identify elements of interest and how to arrange those elements in the image’s composition to make an image unique for a viewer. His simple tips and techniques will help to capture great images when we all visit the iconic locations as well as those rarely seen. The workshop starts in the field then moves to the classroom for breakfast at 9:30 AM. Offered Wednesday and Friday.  Limit 12.

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 Saturday.  Limit 12.

Co-Sponsored by Hunt’s Photo & Video
Bosque del Apache Hot Spots   
& Elusive Birds
5:30 AM to 11:30 AM
WE-bhs   $90       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, Thursday and Saturday.  Limit 15.

Sponsored by BRANT Group
Mountain Birding Intensive    
6:00 AM to 12:30 PM  
WE-mbi  $90   Macey Center Parking Lot, Socorro
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, and Cassin’s finch are all icons of the Southwest and 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.

*New* Sponsored by Sigma
Birds in Flight with Roman         
6:30 AM to 9:30 AM           
WE-bfr   $70        Bus Stop, Refuge Visitor Center
Want to learn how to take sharp photo images of birds in flight?  Full time pro nature photographer Roman Kurywczak will show you how. During this 3 hour workshop, Roman will be out there in the field with you providing the proper settings and giving instruction on how you can capture stunning bird in flight images of your very own. Every level of photographer is welcome to sign up for this workshop but should have a working knowledge of changing their camera settings such as f/stop, ISO, and shutter speed. A digital SLR camera with a minimum 300mm focal length lens is recommended but not required. Don’t forget to dress warm and bring extra memory cards. Sigma USA will also be on hand to provide loaner lenses for these workshops. As a proud member of the Sigma pro team, Roman has taught countless photographers across the country just how exciting and fun bird in flight photography can be. Offered Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.  Limit 20.

*New* Sponsored by BRANT Group
Sparrows Intensive Workshop  
7:00 AM to 12:30 PM         
WE-siw  $90        Expo Conference Tent
LBJ’s, little brown birds, another darn sparrow! Sparrows are one of the most diverse groups of birds in North America and one of the most frustrating. Most birder’s put off learning sparrows for as long as they can and why not when there are larger, easier to see, and more brightly colored birds to see! But when you finally sit down and start to study these birds, you’ll find that they are more beautiful than you’d expect. The intricate patterns of these little dull birds might be confusing but given some practice anyone can sort them out and even begin to enjoy looking at them. This workshop takes advantage of the incredible diversity and numbers of sparrows present in and around the refuge in winter. After a classroom presentation and a morning of guided field work, we hope that you’ll be beating the bushes on your next outing trying to sort out all the sparrows you see! This workshop consists of a one hour class followed immediately by a guided tour of the refuge in search of sparrows. A hot breakfast will be provided during the lecture. This trip is sponsored and guided by BRANT. 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.

All About Raptors          
8:30 AM to 12:30 PM
WE-aar   $35        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 Tuesday and Wednesday.  Limit 20.

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. Regular LSA tours offered Wednesday and Thursday; photo LSA offered 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.

*New* Sponsored by Canon
Canon Explore the Possibilities
9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
WE-cep    Free     Expo Conference Tent
Come explore the possibilities with our professionals, Charles “Chas” Glatzer and Adam Jones, and learn about what Canon has to offer the nature photo enthusiast. See Canon’s product line from performance cameras and printers to complete lens products. Specialized attention to meet your needs; there will be open time for answering your questions. Join us and see our products to discover what matches your needs. Offered Wednesday and Saturday.  Limit 35.

*New* Sponsored by Canon
Through the Lens of Adam Jones         
10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
WE-tlaj    $20                     Refuge Biology Building
Join Adam Jones, Canon Explorer of Light photography pro, in a presentation of nature and wildlife images throughout a relaxed and informal presentation. This program has something for nearly everyone: Landscapes, Wildlife, Macro, and Travel. Adam encourages participation as he teaches about getting the most out of digital photography with straight forward, proven field techniques. Adam will speak briefly about the images, including where, when, how, and any relevant techniques. This will also include lens selections and how he sees subjects and what he is thinking regarding composition and lighting. Some great principals will also be covered such as: Depth of Field, Flash in the Field, What lenses Do: Selecting the right lens for your vision, HDR, Focus Stacking for unlimited depth of field, and High ISO noise solutions in post processing. The program is a nuts and bolts, question and answer approach suitable for many different disciplines and interests. Offered Wednesday and Friday.  Limit 20.

Sponsored by Sigma
Bird Photography with Roman  
11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
WE-bpr   $20       Expo Conference Tent
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 seminars and workshops.  Limit 25.

Why Wilderness? Why Here?    
11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
WE-wwh   $12     Fire Station, San Antonio
The Wilderness Act provides stimulus for reflection on both this visionary legislation and on the concept of wilderness itself. Join Sandra Noll as she uses stunning images and interactive dialogue to explore the meaning of and misconceptions about “wilderness” designation; the uses and benefits of wilderness; land management issues and New Mexico’s unique history in the wilderness movement. The program touches on opposition to “legislated” wilderness as well as the recommendation for an even broader policy of landscape-level conservation connecting ecosystems along key corridors. You will learn about Bosque del Apache’s three wilderness units 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.

Sponsored by Sigma
Best Photo Lens Selection          
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
WE-bpls   Free     Expo Conference Tent 
Sigma will present an in-depth technical presentation on its exciting line-up of lenses designed for the nature photo enthusiast. From super telephoto primes, to compact high performance zoom teles, to macro and landscape lenses…Sigma has all the bases covered. Sigma Technical Representatives will explain the “Global Vison” concept for lens design,  and demonstrate how that has been employed in our latest lens designs. There will also be a brief over-view of how the unique Sigma USB-dock can be used to fine tune Global Vision lenses for optimum performance. There will be ample opportunity for audience questions during the presentation.  Limit 20.

*New* Sponsored by Photomatrix and Hunt’s
Photoshop Elements - Intermediates           
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM            
WE-pei   $45        Refuge Visitor Center
This seminar is for those with basic knowledge of Elements. Join Hazel Meredith, owner of Meredith Images, as she leads you to discover better photography image processing. We will begin by discussing layer masks – what a powerful tool they are and how they make your workflow easier (available in Elements 9 or later). Masking will allow us to add areas of color to a black and white image as well as apply other effects to only a part of our images. Learn from project samples that use shapes, type, filters, and textures to jazz up your images, and create your own borders for your photos. Learn how to create your own word art and a travel poster of your favorite vacation spot. Then we’ll take part of your image “out-of-bounds” for a fun creative look! Offered Wednesday and Saturday.  Limit 35.

Hike: John P. Taylor, Jr. Memorial Trail     
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
WE-hjt   $8          Meet at trailhead, Refuge
Join Vannetta Perry as your guide to the John P. Taylor, Jr. Memorial Trail - 1 mile, 1+ hour, easy. This is an accessible trail through the bosque that has been developed and is managed to simulate the natural, meandering flow of the Rio Grande River. The dedication plaque at the end of the trail features an image from 1846 of the bosque and cranes that inspired John Taylor’s restoration vision. Enjoy a quiet stroll over smooth terrain with an opportunity to see turkeys, cranes, geese, deer, or elk. Bring water, good boots, and warm clothes.  Limit 20.

*New* Photoshop Post Processing          
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM            
WE-ppp               $60        Refuge Visitor Center
Would you like to take your images to the next level with expert processing? If so, this is the class for you. Join digital post processing expert Keith Bauer to learn how to optimize your RAW processing workflow in LightRoom, or Adobe Camera Raw, then take the next steps using the power of Photoshop. Keith will present a workflow using the LightRoom Develop module covering many of the more important RAW processing controls available. We’ll work through a few images discussing problems that photographers encounter and how RAW processing can help overcome them. While LightRoom is a powerful tool, to really fine tune the final product, Photoshop’s layer based approach is needed. This presentation will cover some of the power available using Photoshop and when/why you’d choose to take an image the extra step from LightRoom to Photoshop.  You’ll walk away from this class with a new understanding of techniques and tools to help you optimize your images. Offered Wednesday and Friday.  Limit 25.

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 a refuge biologist 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   $20        Bus Stop, Refuge Visitor Center
The Bosque del Apache Birding Tour is the perfect trip for those looking to discover the incredible diversity of birds on the refuge. Whether you are a long-time birder or a new recruit, this trip is sure to thrill as we search for raptors, waterfowl, cranes, and any other birds the refuge has to offer. The exact tour route will depend on the distribution of birds on that day. Offered Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.  Limit 40.

VLA Tour           
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
WE-vla   $5          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 Friday. Limit 35.

*New* Sponsored by Canon
Canon Workshop          
2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
WE-ceol    $70     Bus Stop, Refuge Visitor Center
Join Adam Jones, Canon Explorer of Light photography pro, for a special workshop. Learn from Canon’s best in an intensive field workshop. Learn how to get the most out of digital photography with straight forward, simple techniques for landscapes, wildlife, birds in flight, or macro photography. Work with Canon loaner lens learning how to see subjects regarding composition and lighting. Some great principals will also be covered such as:  Depth of Field, Flash in the Field, What lenses Do: Selecting the right lens for your vision, HDR, Focus Stacking for unlimited depth of field, and High ISO noise solutions in post processing. Offered Wednesday and Friday.  Limit 20.

*New* Sponsored by Photomatrix
HDR (High Dynamic Range) Images
The Natural Look
3:00 PM to 4:30 PM            
WE-hdr   $45       Refuge Visitor Center
Join Hazel Meredith, owner of Meredith Images, as she leads you to discover better photography image processing. High Dynamic Range – what does that mean? Our eyes can see much more light in a scene than our cameras can capture. The purpose of HDR is to capture the extremes of light that your camera cannot capture in one image (for example, when there are very bright highlights and/or deep shadows that you wish to have detail in). Typical definitions consider it a process of capturing a high dynamic range of light and rendering it in a single image, which consists of putting it through a program that can “tone map” the image. This definition seems to have become synonymous with HDR. People often think of HDR images as the highly processed “grunge” look – this seminar will show you how to utilize HDR for creating a “natural” look in your final image while accenting textures and details. Offered Wednesday and  Friday.  Limit 25.

*New* Sponsored by Tamron
Creating Wildlife Images   
3:00 PM to 4:30 PM            
WE-cwi   $20        Refuge Biology Building
Join Tamron Image Master and professional nature photographer David Akoubian as he discusses taking your wildlife photography to the next level. David will discuss the techniques to create environmental portraits of wildlife as well as simply recording images for natural history. Learn the importance of composition and how it can add a higher level of appreciation by the viewer when photographing wildlife.
David will discuss taking the stress out of exposure, allowing the photographer to create images during wildlife excursions. Become a “story teller” with your wildlife images. David will talk about doing wildlife photography on any budget and the importance of “necessities” when shooting for the sharpest images possible. Learn the importance of preparing for a wildlife excursion while doing simple preparations at home therefore maximizing your enjoyment of once in a lifetime excursions. Offered Wednesday and Friday.  Limit 25.

Cranes 101 Workshop 
3:00 PM to 5:30 PM
WE-c101   $35     Expo Conference Tent
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. Offered Wednesday and Saturday.  Limit 40.

Sponsored by BRANT Group
Owling Expedition Intensive      
4:15 PM to 9:00 PM                               
WE-oew $95        Expo Conference Tent
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, Thursday, and Saturday.  Limit 20.

Walk In to Fly In             
4:30 PM to 5:45 PM
WE-wifi   $8         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 on 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.

Sponsored by Sigma
VLA Nighttime Photography      
5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
WE-snp   $75       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 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 star points will be covered. Explore “light painting” of a foreground subject as well as overcoming obstacles when the conditions are less than ideal. The workshop begins at 5:30 PM at the VLA cafeteria for an equipment check and camera set-up. Bring your own sack dinner to eat during this orientation. Leave your electronic communication equipment (cell phones, I-pad and computer) in your vehicle, as they are not allowed on site during this workshop. 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/headlamp 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 Friday.  Limit 35.

*New*
Dinner Theater:  Tomfoolery   
5:30 PM to 9:30 PM
WE-dt   $40         Garcia Opera House, Socorro
Doors open at 5:30 PM Cash bar 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Dinner and Performance 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM
This fall Socorro Community Theater will present the musical revue Tomfoolery, which is based on The Tom Lehrer Songbook. Developed in 1980 by Cameron Macintosh and Robin Ray, with musical arrangements by Chris Walker and  Robert Fisher, this revue of 27 songs by Harvard graduate and math professor Tom Lehrer is a satirical comic retrospective of his work from the 1950s-1960s. Lehrer wrote these songs parodying the musical theater song styles of the 1930s-1940s. One exception is “The Elements”, a setting of the periodic table to Gilbert and Sullivan. Poking fun at some of our most treasured institutions, the delightfully witty and clever songs cover a wide range of subjects from religion to Boy Scouts, racism to pollution, and the A-bomb to mathematics. This show is intended for mature audiences. Discretion, and a sense of humor, is advised. Tomfoolery is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International. 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. Dinner/Performance tickets are $40. Pre-paid registration is required by 5:00 p.m. Friday, November 13.  Limit 60.

 

THURSDAY 11/19/15

Walk Out to Fly Out       
5:30 AM to 7:30 AM
TH-wofo   $8           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*
Digiscoping Photography Workshop      
5:30 AM to 10:00 AM
TH-dpw    $70      Bus Stop, Refuge Visitor Center
Join Wayne Pope, a professor of photography, as he leads you into the discovery of Digiscoping, the art of nature photography with a field spotting scope and a digital camera. Cellphone, mobile devices, point & shoot cameras, and digital SLRs are all used. An adaptor is necessary to mount the camera to the eye piece of the spotting scope and keep it in place. “Digibining” is the use of binoculars.  Digiscoping provides a low-cost alternative to traditional methods of nature photography with expensive telephoto lenses and professional cameras. If you already have a spotting scope or binoculars, all you need is an adapter to mount your camera. Bring your scope, tripod, a fluid video tripod head for smooth panning, and plenty of high-speed, high-capacity memory cards. This is a field workshop that will teach you how to handle your equipment, manual focus and get wildlife shots and videos that you can quickly share on the web. Offered Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday.  Limit 16.

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.  Breakfast in the van is provided at 5:30 AM. Offered Thursday and Friday.  Limit 24.

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 Allison Ferkovich. Warm shoes and warm, layered clothing recommended. Offered Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.  Limit 20.

*New* Sponsored by Tamron
Capturing Birds in Flight             
5:30 AM to 11:30 AM
TH-cbf    $90        Bus Stop, Refuge Visitor Center
A unique image of a single bird or a flock of birds in flight is the desire and dream of most every wildlife and nature photographer. It may simply be due to our fascination with flight, or our curiosity of how it is done. In this workshop, Tamron Image Master and professional nature photographer David Akoubian will demonstrate how to capture that image we all dream of. Whether you are wanting a sharp single bird as it cruises, a flock as it takes to the sky, or learning to pan with the bird for a more artsy image, technique is the key. David will discuss the proper mode to use on your camera as well as getting that perfect exposure as well. David will offer suggestions on making your birds in flight photography more enjoyable as well as simplifying it. The workshop starts in the field then moving to the classroom for breakfast at 9:30 AM. Offered Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.  Limit 12.

*New* Canon Birds in Flight Workshop        
5:30 AM to 11:30 AM
TH-cbfm    $90     Bus Stop, Refuge Visitor Center
Canon Equipment Users Only
Join award winning professional photographer Maxis Gamez for this field and classroom workshop designed to help you achieve maximum results from your current Canon photography system. Own Nikon gear? Join Russell Burden’s workshop listed below. Canon equipment expert Maxis Gamez will help participants using Canon gear for a unique field workshop experience. Learning experience topics includes: Camera Auto Focus & Lens Settings, Different Metering Modes to Obtain Optimal Exposures, Panning, Birds in Flight, Creating Strong Compositions, Importance of Good Light Angles, and much, much more! We’ll spend four hours in the field creating wonderful images of sandhill cranes, snow geese, hawks, deer and other wildlife followed by hot coffee, breakfast and a two hour classroom seminar. Join a world class photographer using top of the line photography equipment for a workshop we know you’ll enjoy!  Limit 12.

*New* Co-Sponsored by Hunt’s Photo & Video
Nikon Birds in Flight Workshop 
5:30 AM to 11:30 AM
TH-nbf    $90       Bus Stop, Refuge Visitor Center
Nikon Equipment Users Only
Join award winning professional photographer Russell Burden for this field and classroom workshop designed to help you achieve maximum results from your current Nikon photography system. Own Canon gear? Join Maxis Gamez’s workshop listed above. Nikon equipment expert Russell Burden will help participants using Nikon gear for a unique field workshop experience. Learning experience topics includes: Camera Auto Focus & Lens Settings, Different Metering Modes to Obtain Optimal Exposures, Panning, Birds in Flight, Creating Strong Compositions, Importance of Good Light Angles, and much, much more! We’ll spend four hours in the field creating wonderful images of sandhill cranes, snow geese, hawks, deer and other wildlife followed by hot coffee, breakfast and a two hour classroom seminar. Join a world class photographer using top of the line photography equipment for a workshop we know you’ll enjoy!  Limit 12.

Co-Sponsored by Hunt’s Photo & Video
Bosque del Apache Hot Spots   
& Elusive Birds
5:30 AM to 11:30 AM
TH-bhs   $90        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, Thursday and Saturday.  Limit 15.

*New* Sponsored by Canon
Canon Intensive             
5:30 AM to 11:30 AM
TH-ceol    $90      Bus Stop, Refuge Visitor Center
Join Charles “Chas” Glatzer, Canon Explorer of Light photography pro, for  a special workshop. Learn from Canon’s best in an intensive field and classroom workshop. Four hours in the field are followed by a hot breakfast and two hours of classroom. Learn how to get the most out of digital photography with straight forward, simple techniques for landscapes, wildlife, birds in flight, or macro photography. Work with Canon loaner lens learning how to see subjects regarding composition and lighting. Some great principals will also be covered such as:  Depth of Field, Flash in the Field, What lenses Do: Selecting the right lens for your vision, HDR, Focus Stacking for unlimited depth of field, and High ISO noise solutions in post processing.  Offered Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday.  Limit 20.

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. Regular LSA tours offered Wednesday and Thursday; photo LSA offered Friday.  Limit 14.

Raptor ID Tour 
8:45 AM to 11:30 AM
TH-rit   $30          Bus Stop, Refuge Visitor Center
Join Mike Fugagli 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 Thursday and Friday.  Limit 22.

Burrowing Owls and Predators 
9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
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 from Envirological Services, Inc. for an informative presentation about burrowing owl ecology and behavior, with photographs, videos, and of course, avian ambassadors.  Limit 30.

Sponsored by Sigma
Photographing Wildlife with Roman      
10:00 AM to 11:30 AM      
TH-bfr    $20        Refuge Biology Building
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 will 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 and 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 Roman Kurywczak’s seminars and workshops.  Limit 25.

Hike: Mines in the Magdalenas,
a geology and cultural history hike         
10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
TH-hmm $8         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 15.

Loggerhead Shrikes       
11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
TH-ls   $12           Fire Station, San Antonio
Join Corrie Borgman as she presents a fascinating raptor. 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.

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 and ride 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.

*New* American Bald Eagle           
12:30 PM to 1:50 PM                                                                
TH-abe     $12     Expo Conference Tent
Join Sandra Noll and Erv Nichols for personal introduction to one of our nation’s symbols. Laced with humor while highlighting the magnificence of this unique species, the program generates kinship with our national bird.  Limit 35.

*New* Sponsored by Photomatrix and Hunt’s
Photoshop Elements - Advanced   
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM            
TH-pea   $45        Refuge Visitor Center
This class is for the intermediate to advanced Elements users. Join Hazel Meredith, owner of Meredith Images, as she leads you to discover better photography image processing. Learn demonstrated samples using multiple layers to apply various effects and filters to your images. We will discuss layer blending modes, layer styles, filters, gradients, textures, actions, and presets, and also review some plug-in programs such as Topaz Labs & Google’s Nik Software.  Create your own watermark and turn your signature into a custom brush.  Limit 25.

Co-Sponsored by Hunt’s Photo & Video
Art of Wildlife Photography       
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
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 20.

*New* Sponsored by Canon
Shoot the Light Technical Seminar          
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
TH-stl   $20          Refuge Biology Building 
A Program Designed to Enhance Both Your Technical Ability and Visual Sense
Join Charles “Chas” Glatzer as he presents “Shoot the Light,” a presentation designed to enhance your technical ability and visual sense, providing a definitive learning experience for those photographers who wish to take their imagery to the next level. Chas brings over 37 years of diverse experience and offers it in a friendly, amusing, and memorable fashion. Chas will share the thought process behind the making of an image, and the techniques used to produce consistently successful images in the field. If you want to learn how to consistently produce images that are a cut above, it is imperative you take control of your imagery. Chas will cover in depth his Pro-Active in-field work methodology, guaranteed to forever change the way you approach photography. The faster you are able to assess the conditions as presented and employ the tools and techniques necessary to render the image as desired, the more likely you are to accomplish your goal. Offered Thursday and Saturday.  Limit 20.

Sponsored by BRANT Group
Refuge Birding Tour      
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
TH-rbt   $20         Bus Stop, Refuge Visitor Center
The Bosque del Apache Birding Tour is the perfect trip for those looking to discover the incredible diversity of birds on the refuge. Whether you are a long-time birder or a new recruit, this trip is sure to thrill as we search for raptors, waterfowl, cranes, and any other birds the refuge has to offer. 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 Tamron
Making the Most of Macro        
2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
TH-mmm   $50    Refuge Visitor Center
Photography up close!
We all have opportunities to hone our photography skills by shooting macro subjects. Improving your macro work improves all types of photography, whether it be wildlife or landscape. Macro is simply a very small landscape, often including a bug, that when done correctly carries over to all of our camera work. Join Tamron Image Master and professional nature photographer David Akoubian as he lectures and demonstrates simple techniques and offers tips to improve not only your macro but all of your photography endeavors. David sells many macro images as fine art prints to corporate clients simply by creating eye pleasing images through understanding his equipment, depth of field, and the information passed on to the viewer. He will discuss simple techniques to maximize depth of field while limiting unnecessary elements within the image. He will also discuss the ability to achieve many great macro images with all-in-one lenses. Offered Tuesday and Thursday.  Limit 25.

*New* Sponsored by Sigma
Birds in Flight with Roman         
2:00 PM to 5:00 PM            
TH-bfr    $70        Bus Stop, Refuge Visitor Center
Want to learn how to take sharp photo images of birds in flight?  Full time pro nature photographer Roman Kurywczak will show you how. During this 3 hour workshop, Roman will be out there in the field with you providing the proper settings and giving instruction on how you can capture stunning bird in flight images of your very own. Every level of photographer is welcome to sign up for this workshop but should have a working knowledge of changing their camera settings such as f/stop, ISO, and shutter speed. A digital SLR camera with a minimum 300mm focal length lens is recommended but not required. Don’t forget to dress warm and bring extra memory cards. Sigma USA will also be on hand to provide loaner lenses for these workshops. As a proud member of the Sigma pro team Roman has taught countless photographers across the country just how exciting and fun bird in flight photography can be. Offered Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.  Limit 20.

Afternoon with the Cranes Fly In            
2:00 PM to 5:30 PM                                                                   
TH-awc   $65        Expo Conference Tent
Our “Crane Team” pools their expertise to provide a comprehensive overview of sandhill crane biology and natural history. Your guides, Paul Tebbel, Sandra Noll, Erv Nichols, and Allison Ferkovich will describe how cranes: form pair bonds and raise chicks; communicate by vocalizations and body language; and migrate and survive on nesting and wintering grounds. Most of our time will be dedicated to direct field observation including “fly-in” from a special vantage point. This program is well suited for those seeing cranes for the first time as well as veteran crane watchers who want to delve further into the lives of this incredible bird.  If you want to fully experience sandhill cranes at Festival, this workshop is for you! 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.  Offered Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.  Limit 28.

*New* Sponsored by Zeiss
Seven Fold Path to Better Birding           
3:00 PM to 4:00 PM          
TH-sfp       Free    Expo Conference 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 30.

*New* Sponsored by Photomatrix & Hunt’s
Working with Textures & Overlays
Turn Ho-Hum into a Work of Art    
3:00 PM to 4:30 PM            
TH-wto   $45        Refuge Visitor Center
Don’t delete that digital image! Do you sometimes have a shot that you really like….a subject that is hard to capture…a place you may not get to again…but it’s not perfect? Turn that “almost” good shot into a work of art by utilizing textures and overlays. Join Hazel Meredith, owner of Meredith Images, as she leads you to discover better photography image processing. Maybe it’s a bird in flight – the bird looks great, but the sky is blah. Use another sky image as an overlay, or add a texture – or both! Maybe it’s a nice flower shot – good color and composition, but it’s not quite tack sharp. Use textures to turn it into a fine art image! Textures are everywhere – there are many free and for-purchase ones online. However, you can create your own textures from photos of everyday objects – I’ll show you how and where to find them. There is much you can do to create a beautiful work of art. Working with layers and blending modes, I will show you how easy it is! Offered Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.  Limit 25.

Raptor ID          
3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
TH-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 Mike Fugagli 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.

Sponsored by BRANT Group
Owling Expedition Intensive      
4:15 PM to 9:00 PM                               
TH-oew     $95     Expo Conference Tent
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, Thursday, and Saturday.  Limit 20.

Walk In to Fly In             
4:30 PM to 5:45 PM
TH-wifi   $8          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 on 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. Often there are seats 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   $34         Bodega Restaurant, Socorro
The Friends of the Bosque del Apache invite you to join us at our annual banquet at the Bodega Burger Co. Restaurant Banquet Center. 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 featuring International Crane Foundation’s CEO and President Richard Beilfuss. Speakers during dinner will include Paul White, President of the Friends, and Kevin Cobble, refuge manager. Michael Hanauer, our Festival Coordinator, will be MC for the evening. 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 slideshow of entries and winners.
See the menu offering on p.43.  Limit 160.

Feature Event
Friends 7th Annual Silent Auction           
6:20 PM to 7:15 PM
TH-fasa   Free      Bodega Restaurant, Socorro
The 7th 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.

 

FRIDAY 11/20/15

 
Walk Out to Fly Out       
5:30 AM to 7:30 AM
FR-wofo   $8        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.  Breakfast in the van is provided at 5:30 AM. Offered Thursday and Friday.  Limit 24.

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 Allison Ferkovich. Warm shoes and warm, layered clothing recommended. Offered Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.  Limit 20.

Co-Sponsored by Hunt’s Photo & Video
Manual Exposure Photo Workshop       
5:30 AM to 11:30 AM
FR-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. Limit 12.

*New* Sponsored by Tamron
Designing Landscape Images     
5:30 AM to 11:30 AM
FI-dli    $90           Bus Stop, Refuge Visitor Center
Landscape Photography Workshop
There are very few places in this country that are commonly visited that haven’t been photographed before. Typically we go to visit a place because we have seen an image that we liked and wanted to see it. The problem for the photographer is capturing something “different” in a scene. We always want to make it our own. Tamron Image Master and professional nature photographer David Akoubian will talk on making an image your own through design. He will discuss and demonstrate how choosing a lens can change the design. He will teach you to identify elements of interest and how to arrange those elements in the image’s composition to make an image unique for a viewer. His simple tips and techniques will help to capture great images when we all visit the iconic locations as well as those rarely seen. The workshop starts in the field then moves to the classroom for breakfast at 9:30 AM. Offered Wednesday and Friday.  Limit 12.

*New* Sponsored by Sigma
Birds in Flight with Roman         
6:30 AM to 9:30 AM           
FR-bfr    $70        Bus Stop, Refuge Visitor Center
Want to learn how to take sharp photo images of birds in flight?  Full time pro nature photographer Roman Kurywczak will show you how. During this 3 hour workshop, Roman will be out there in the field with you providing the proper settings and giving instruction on how you can capture stunning bird in flight images of your very own. Every level of photographer is welcome to sign up for this workshop but should have a working knowledge of changing their camera settings such as f/stop, ISO, and shutter speed. A digital SLR camera with a minimum 300mm focal length lens is recommended but not required. Don’t forget to dress warm and bring extra memory cards. Sigma USA will also be on hand to provide loaner lenses for these workshops. As a proud member of the Sigma pro team, Roman has taught countless photographers across the country just how exciting and fun bird in flight photography can be. Offered Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.  Limit 20.

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.

Migration with Cranes 
8:30 AM to 10:00 AM
FR-mc   $12          Refuge Biology Building
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.

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. Regular LSA tours offered Wednesday and Thursday. 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. Offered Thursday and Friday.  Limit 44.

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.

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.

Sponsored by Sigma
Nature Inspired with Roman     
10:00 AM to 11:30 AM      
FR-nir     $12        Expo Conference Tent
Join Roman Kurywczak, a professional nature photographer, Sigma Pro team member, author, and lecturer for  “Nature Inspired”. He will guide you through the exhilarating world of nature photography and the time spent capturing the moments that have inspired him for the last 25 years. Like most people, he had a regular job and looked forward to photographing on 2 weeks of annual vacation. His passion for photography has allowed him to connect with our natural world. On countless mornings he has captured magical landscapes, and he has been privileged to watch some of the greatest wildlife spectacles on earth. Our natural world has focused his perspective to look more closely at all the beauty that surrounds us. The advent of digital photography has offered the tools to push the limits of both gear and the individual. Roman will share his vision of our natural world and inspire you to look through your own lens with wonder. Sigma Camera is a proud sponsor Roman Kurywczak’s seminars and workshops.  Limit 35.

Hike: Canyon Trail         
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
FR-hct   $8           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   $8           Meet at trailhead, Refuge
Join Friends’ volunteers Lise Spargo and 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 and 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@yahoo.com  Limit 15.

*New* Sponsored by Canon
Through the Lens of Adam Jones         
10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
FR-tlaj    $20                      Refuge Biology Building
Join Adam Jones, Canon Explorer of Light photography pro, in a presentation of nature and wildlife images throughout a relaxed and informal presentation. This program has something for nearly everyone: Landscapes, Wildlife, Macro, and Travel. Adam encourages participation as he teaches about getting the most out of digital photography with straight forward, proven field techniques. Adam will speak briefly about the images, including where, when, how, and any relevant techniques. This will also include lens selections and how he sees subjects and what he is thinking regarding composition and lighting. Some great principals will also be covered such as: Depth of Field, Flash in the Field, What lenses Do: Selecting the right lens for your vision, HDR, Focus Stacking for unlimited depth of field, and High ISO noise solutions in post processing. The program is a nuts and bolts, question and answer approach suitable for many different disciplines and interests. Offered Wednesday and Friday.  Limit 20.

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.

*New* Securing Water for Cranes,
Ourselves, and Our World
11:00 AM to 12:30 PM                                                             
FR-swc      $12     Fire Station, San Antonio
Featured Speaker: Richard Beilfuss
International Crane Foundation
Throughout the world, rivers and their floodplains provide clean drinking water and support agriculture, fisheries, and other vital ecosystem services that sustain our livelihoods. They nourish a remarkable biodiversity of plants and animals. Our most threatened cranes – Siberian, whooping, red-crowned, wattled, and others – are intricately dependent on river floodplains for their survival. But these magnificent places where cranes and waters meet are in trouble. Within our lifetime, the global population will reach nine billion people, one billion will suffer from inadequate drinking water, and water shortages for agriculture will threaten food security for many. Political tensions already loom over the access to water and energy, and global climate change may further destabilize regions that are already water-stressed. To help resolve this crisis, thousands of dams and water diversions are being planned and built. Big dams seem like an important part of the solution – they divert water to cities and irrigation schemes, and generate hydropower as a renewable source of energy. But these dams and diversions come at great cost to forgotten people and wildlife downstream that depend on the natural ebb and flow of rivers. They provide a solution for some, but not for all. ICF has long recognized that solving the global freshwater crisis is mainly a challenge of sustainable water management rather than absolute scarcity. Our solutions lie in bringing together diverse water users, managers, planners, and policy-makers to find common ground for sharing water. Cranes have a key role in this process – helping us understand the importance of naturally-functioning river systems for the web of life. In this presentation, we will explore the role of cranes as both sentinels and flagships for sustainable water management around the world.  Limit 25.

Thinking Differently With Your Camera        
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM                                                                
FR-tdc       $20     Expo Conference Tent
Whether it’s birds in flight, portraits, landscapes, or macro photography, professional photographer Maresa Pryor-Luziers’ program shows a different way of seeing. “Don’t quit when the sun goes down; it’s only begun,” says Maresa.  Learn the secrets behind the beautiful images shown, it will astound you! Learn what to look for before dawn and after dusk, and the advantages of low light, such as color saturation, reflections, and taking in the whole landscape. Learn how to work with the disadvantages of larger apertures, higher ISO’s, and shooting longer exposures, while reviewing camera settings and equipment needed to get that perfect photo. Discover how weather affects your photography and how to take advantage of it. Understand changing modes from color to black and white photography.  See how amazing it is to see a dull image change before you into a strong effective photo. Know your subject and how to work around wildlife without disturbing it. Beforehand be informed by seeing galleries, prints, blogs, and more at www.maresapryorluzier.com.  Join Maresa for this power packed presentation covering a wide gamut of information for any photographer or nature enthusiast expanding their horizons. Offered Friday and Saturday. Limit 25.

*New* Photoshop Post Processing          
12:30 PM to 2:30 PM         
FR-ppp   $60        Refuge Visitor Center
Would you like to take your images to the next level with expert processing? If so, this is the class for you. Join digital post processing expert Keith Bauer to learn how to optimize your RAW processing workflow in LightRoom, or Adobe Camera Raw, then take the next steps using the power of Photoshop. Keith will present a workflow using the LightRoom Develop module covering many of the more important RAW processing controls available. We’ll work through a few images discussing problems that photographers encounter and how RAW processing can help overcome them. While LightRoom is a powerful tool, to really fine tune the final product, Photoshop’s layer based approach is needed. This presentation will cover some of the power available using Photoshop and when/why you’d choose to take an image the extra step from LightRoom to Photoshop.  You’ll walk away from this class with a new understanding of techniques and tools to help you optimize your images. Offered Wednesday and Friday. Limit 25.

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 guide. 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.

Co-Sponsored by Hunt’s Photo & Video
Photography Intensive Workshop          
12:30 PM to 6:00 PM Friday and
5:30 AM to 11:30 AM Saturday (part 2)         
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 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 participate. 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.

Sponsored by Zeiss
Best Optics Selection     
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
FR-bos   Free       Expo Conference Tent
Stephen Ingraham, ZEISS Senior Brand Advocate for Birding and Nature presents how to choose the best optics for birding and nature observation.  Limit 30.

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.

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.

Sponsored by Sigma
Best Photo Lens Selection          
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
FR-bpls   Free      Refuge Biology Building
Sigma will present an in-depth technical presentation on its exciting line-up of lenses designed for the nature photo enthusiast. From super telephoto primes, to compact high performance zoom teles, to macro and landscape lenses…Sigma has all the bases covered. Sigma Technical Representatives will explain the “Global Vison” concept for lens design, and demonstrate how that has been employed in our latest lens designs. There will also be a brief over-view of how the unique Sigma USB-dock can be used to fine tune Global Vision lenses for optimum performance. There will be ample opportunity for audience questions during the presentation.  Limit 20.

Hike: Rio Viejo  
2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
FR-hrv   $8           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.

VLA Tour           
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
FR-vla   $5            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 Friday. Limit 35.

*New* Sponsored by Canon
Canon Workshop          
2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
FR-ceol    $70       Bus Stop, Refuge Visitor Center
Join Charles “Chas” Glatzer, Canon Explorer of Light photography pro, for a special workshop. Learn from Canon’s best in an intensive field workshop. Learn how to get the most out of digital photography with straight forward, simple techniques for landscapes, wildlife, birds in flight, or macro photography. Work with Canon loaner lens learning how to see subjects regarding composition and lighting. Some great principals will also be covered such as:  Depth of Field, Flash in the Field, What lenses Do: Selecting the right lens for your vision, HDR, Focus Stacking for unlimited depth of field, and High ISO noise solutions in post processing. Offered Wednesday and Friday.  Limit 20.

Afternoon with the Cranes Fly In            
2:00 PM to 5:30 PM                                                                   
FR-awc   $65        Expo Conference Tent
Our  “Crane Team” pools their expertise to provide a comprehensive overview of sandhill crane biology and natural history. Your guides, Paul Tebbel, Sandra Noll, Erv Nichols, and Allison Ferkovich will describe how cranes: form pair bonds and raise chicks; communicate by vocalizations and body language; and migrate and survive on nesting and wintering grounds. Most of our time will be dedicated to direct field observation including “fly-in” from a special vantage point. This program is well suited for those seeing cranes for the first time as well as veteran crane watchers who want to delve further into the lives of this incredible bird.  If you want to fully experience sandhill cranes at Festival, this workshop is for you! 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.  Offered Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.  Limit 28.

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.

*New* Sponsored by Photomatrix
HDR (High Dynamic Range) Images
The Natural Look
3:00 PM to 4:30 PM            
FR-hdr   $45         Refuge Visitor Center
Join Hazel Meredith, owner of Meredith Images, as she leads you to discover better photography image processing. High Dynamic Range – what does that mean? Our eyes can see much more light in a scene than our cameras can capture. The purpose of HDR is to capture the extremes of light that your camera cannot capture in one image (for example, when there are very bright highlights and/or deep shadows that you wish to have detail in). Typical definitions consider it a process of capturing a high dynamic range of light and rendering it in a single image, which consists of putting it through a program that can “tone map” the image. This definition seems to have become synonymous with HDR. People often think of HDR images as the highly processed “grunge” look – this seminar will show you how to utilize HDR for creating a “natural” look in your final image while accenting textures and details. Offered Wednesday and  Friday.  Limit 25.

*New* Sponsored by Tamron
Creating Wildlife Images   
3:00 PM to 4:30 PM            
FR-cwi   $20         Refuge Visitor Center
Join Tamron Image Master and professional nature photographer David Akoubian as he discusses taking your wildlife photography to the next level. David will discuss the techniques to create environmental portraits of wildlife as well as simply recording images for natural history. Learn the importance of composition and how it can add a higher level of appreciation by the viewer when photographing wildlife. David will discuss taking the stress out of exposure, allowing the photographer to create images during wildlife excursions. Become a “story teller” with your wildlife images. David will talk about doing wildlife photography on any budget and the importance of “necessities” when shooting for the sharpest images possible. Learn the importance of preparing for a wildlife excursion by doing simple preparations at home, and thereby maximize your enjoyment of once in a lifetime excursions. Offered Wednesday and Friday.  Limit 25.

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 5:45 PM
FR-wifi   $8           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 on 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. Often there are seats on the bus for walk-ons; exact change is appreciated. Offered Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  Limit 90.

Sponsored by Sigma
VLA Nighttime Photography      
5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
FR-snp   $75         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 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 star points 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 as they are not allowed on site during this workshop. The workshop begins at 5:30 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 as 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 Friday.  Limit 35.

Friends Social Bodega Style        
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM and beyond
FR-fs   $14            Bodega Restaurant, Socorro
Friday night fun with local music that plays into the evening, SW tapas appetizer bar hour (6-7:00 PM only) and collector’s beer glass all for $14 cover. If looking for a bigger meal, menus are available. See description on page 56.  Limit 150.

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          
Grace Kelly
7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Adult                       FR-rma  $16
Senior (65 & over)     FR-rms   $14
Youth (17 & under)   FR-rmy    $8
Macey Center Auditorium, Socorro
Grace Kelly, Friday, November 20, 7:30 pm, Macey Center
Tickets:  $16/Adult; $14/Senior, 65+; $8/Youth
Unique and dynamic 23-year-old saxophonist and singer-songwriter, performing jazz, pop and blues with her quartet.Grace Kelly is a truly unique, dynamic and genre-bending artist in Jazz/Blues/Rock. You have heard the name before from the movies but perhaps you haven’t heard of this 23-year old Korean American saxophonist/singer/songwriter/composer/educator. Grace wrote her first song when she was 7 years old, recorded her first out of 9 independently released CDs at 12, and orchestrated, arranged and performed an original composition with the Boston Pops Orchestra at 14. As a bandleader Grace has performed over 700 concerts worldwide in such notable venues as the Hollywood Bowl, Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Symphony Hall and major festivals such as Montreal, Newport, and Montreux and clubs around the world such as Birdland ( New York), Porgy & Bess (Vienna), Ronnie Scott’s (London) and many more.  Grace has also performed and/or recorded with artists such as Huey Lewis, Harry Connick Jr, Dave Brubeck, Gloria Estefan, David Sanborn, Marcus Miller, Questlove, Esperanza Spalding, Phil Woods, James Cotton, Wynton Marsalis, and Gerald Albright to name a few. Grace has been featured on CNN.com (Making of a Prodigy), Glamour Magazine’s Top Ten College Women 2011, and multiple appearances on NPR. Grace has also won many awards some of which include multiple ASCAP Composer Awards, Downbeat Magazine Awards, Boston Music Awards, and multiple International Songwriting Competitions. Downbeat Critics Poll added to her list naming her one of the “Alto Saxophone Rising Stars”, the youngest ever to be named so. “Grace Kelly writes great songs, sings beautifully, is a world class saxophonist, and is going to be a big big star” – Huey Lewis. “Grace Kelly plays with intelligence, wit and feeling. She has a great amount of natural ability and the ability to adapt. That is the hallmark of a first-class jazz musician.”  – Wynton Marsalis. “As everybody knows, she is a remarkably mature player” – David Sanborn. “Grace is one of the most natural musicians I’ve ever come across. In my eyes Grace is the future”  – Stewart Levine. 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. More information at http://www.gracekellymusic.com/  Limit 150.

 

SATURDAY 11/21/15

Walk Out to Fly Out       
5:30 AM to 7:30 AM
SA-wofo   $8        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 Tamron
Capturing Birds in Flight             
5:30 AM to 11:30 AM
SA-cbf    $90        Bus Stop, Refuge Visitor Center
A unique image of a single bird or a flock of birds in flight is the desire and dream of most every wildlife and nature photographer. It may simply be due to our fascination with flight, or our curiosity of how it is done. In this workshop, Tamron Image Master and professional nature photographer  David Akoubian will demonstrate how to capture that image we all dream of. Whether you are wanting a sharp single bird as it cruises, a flock as it takes to the sky, or learning to pan with the bird for a more artsy image, technique is the key. David will discuss the proper mode to use on your camera as well as getting that perfect exposure as well. David will offer suggestions on making your birds in flight photography more enjoyable as well as simplifying it. The workshop starts in the field then moving to the classroom for breakfast at 9:30 AM. Offered Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.  Limit 12.

Photograph Birds in Flight Workshop    
5:30 AM to 11:30 PM         
SA-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 Saturday.  Limit 12.

Co-Sponsored by Hunt’s Photo & Video
Bosque del Apache Hot Spots   
& Elusive Birds
5:30 AM to 11:30 AM
SA-bhs   $90        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, Thursday and Saturday.  Limit 15.

*New* Sponsored by Canon
Canon Intensive             
5:30 AM to 11:30 AM
SA-ceol    $90       Bus Stop, Refuge Visitor Center
Join Charles “Chas” Glatzer, Canon Explorer of Light photography pro for a special workshop. Learn from Canon’s best in an intensive field and classroom workshop. Four hours in the field are followed by a hot breakfast and two hours of classroom. Learn how to get the most out of digital photography with straight forward, simple techniques for landscapes, wildlife, birds in flight, or macro photography. Work with Canon loaner lens learning how to see subjects regarding composition and lighting. Some great principals will also be covered such as:  Depth of Field, Flash in the Field, What lenses Do: Selecting the right lens for your vision, HDR, Focus Stacking for unlimited depth of field, and High ISO noise solutions in post processing.  Offered Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday.  Limit 20.

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.

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 be given at 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   $20         Bus Stop, Refuge Visitor Center
The Bosque del Apache Birding Tour is the perfect trip for those looking to discover the incredible diversity of birds on the refuge. Whether you are a long-time birder or a new recruit, this trip is sure to thrill as we search for raptors, waterfowl, cranes, and any other birds the refuge has to offer. 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. Two 30 minute sessions are being offered with registration. 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* Winter Birds of Central NM         
9:00 AM to 10:30 AM        
SA-wbc                 $12        Fire Station, San Antonio
Central and northern New Mexico are blessed with a wide variety of birds during the winter months. Learn where to find birds and their habitats in central New Mexico and other parts of the state, including Santa Fe, that you can see after the Festival. Judy Liddell and Barbara Hussey, with more than 50 years of birding between them, are co-authors of two guidebooks, Birding Hot Spots of Central New Mexico and Birding Hot Spots of Santa Fe, Taos and Northern New Mexico. They are experienced presenters and birding class teachers.  Limit 25.

Cranes 101 Workshop 
9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
SA-c101   $35       Expo Conference Tent
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. Special guest speakers are Paul Tebbel and Allison Ferkovich. Offered Wednesday and Saturday.  Limit 40.

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.  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. Two 30 minute sessions are being offered with registration. 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.

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 be given at 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 BRANT Group (For Kids!)
Young Birder’s Walk     
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
SA-ybw   Free      Bus Stop, Refuge Visitor Center
Young birders and their families are invited to join BRANT guides for a FREE, late morning walk around the refuge headquarters. Whether your kiddo is already a die-hard birder, or if they’re just getting into it, we’d love to take them out to enjoy the birds and nurture our next generation of birders!  Limit 20.

J.E. Smith Museum Darkroom Workshop           
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
SA-smd1    $50                  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*
Hike: Sevilleta Mesa View          
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
SA-hsmv   $8        Sevilleta NWR
Join a refuge naturalist to learn some fascinating facts about the landscape on a 3.5 mile journey that climbs the mesa west of the visitor center and skirts the mesa’s edge before dropping back down into the valley. This trail provides some wonderful views of the Ladrones and surrounding mountains, as well as a wide diversity of awe-inspiring landforms. This is a moderate-strenuous hike over uneven surfaces.  Limit 15.

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 be given at 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*
Cranes: Ambassadors for Conservation       
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM                                                                
SA-cac       $12     Refuge Biology Building
Featured Speaker: Richard Beilfuss
International Crane Foundation
When people commit to saving cranes, they also commit to the future of the ecosystems and watersheds that sustain cranes, people, and the diversity of life on earth. Cranes are among the most endangered families of birds in the world, with 11 of 15 species threatened and many populations in peril. Over the next 20 years, emerging challenges will further jeopardize cranes and the places where they live--the rapid development of China (home to eight crane species), for example, and the impact of climate change on regional water supplies and wetlands in Africa, Asia, and the USA. Yet the special characteristics of cranes, their cultural significance, high visibility, extraordinary beauty, dramatic migrations, and striking behavior, also create unique opportunities for conservation action. We will explore the role of cranes as both sentinels and flagships for conservation in some of the great river basins around the world--- engaging Zambezi River water authorities in releasing environmental flows for cranes, large mammals, and human livelihoods, securing some of world’s most outstanding wetlands in the Amur-Heilong River Basin of China, Russia and Mongolia; demonstrating the importance of natural water fluctuations in sustaining Poyang Lake, the most important freshwater ecosystem in China; realizing improved livelihoods from the holistic management of Mekong River wetlands; and promoting sustainable water management practices for the Guadalupe River Basin aimed at protecting critical habitat areas for endangered whooping cranes on their wintering grounds in Texas. We also will highlight the unique story of crane recovery in Wisconsin, and role of cranes in conserving some of our most treasured landscapes. Rich will also be presenting his keynote on Thursday during Friends Dinner as the keynote speaker.  Limit 25.

*New* Book Signing Event          
12:30 PM to 1:30 PM         
SA-bse                  Free       Refuge Visitor Center
You spoke. We listened!
This year we have invited a few of our esteemed authors to present a brief description of their books with a book signing to follow. This is a FREE event, books may be purchased at the nature store. We encourage birders, naturalists, and wildlife enthusiasts of all ages to attend this fantastic event! Join writers and photographers as they share their books about the refuge. Authors will be signing their books and will be available to talk with about their experiences in the creative process. Take a break from birding and photography and see what people have done with words, pencils, and artistic approaches to nature. All books are available for purchase. No need to register, just come and check us out.

*New* Sponsored by Canon
Canon Explore the Possibilities
12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
SA-cep    Free      Expo Conference Tent
Come explore the possibilities with our professionals, Charles “Chas” Glatzer and Adam Jones, and learn about what Canon has to offer the nature photo enthusiast. See Canon’s product line from performance cameras and printers to complete lens products. Specialized attention to meet your needs; there will be open time for answering your questions. Join us and see our products to discover what matches your needs. Offered Wednesday and Saturday.  Limit 35.

Hike: Indian Wells Wilderness  
12:30 PM to 3:00 PM
SA-hiww   $8        Bus Stop, Refuge Visitor Center
This hike is a 2+ hour hike into the Indian Wells Wilderness Area. Join Lise Spargo and 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 guide. Dennis Vicente, your host, will explain how the land and water you see are managed to benefit wildlife. See spectacular views of cranes, geese, ducks and raptors, and perhaps even turkeys. Tours are offered Friday,  Saturday and Sunday. Please note that, due to time constraints, participants remain on the bus for the 2+-hour tour. Meet in the visitor center parking lot.  Limit 40.

*New* Sponsored by Photomatrix and Hunt’s
Photoshop Elements - Intermediates           
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM            
SA-pei   $45         Refuge Visitor Center
This seminar is for those with basic knowledge of Elements. Join Hazel Meredith, owner of Meredith Images, as she leads you to discover better photography image processing. We will begin by discussing layer masks – what a powerful tool they are and how they make your workflow easier (available in Elements 9 or later). Masking will allow us to add areas of color to a black and white image as well as apply other effects to only a part of our images. Learn from project samples that use shapes, type, filters, and textures to jazz up your images, and create your own borders for your photos. Learn how to create your own word art and a travel poster of your favorite vacation spot. Then we’ll take part of your image “out-of-bounds” for a fun creative look! Offered Wednesday and Saturday.  Limit 25.

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* Poetry Writing Workshop             
1:30 PM to 3:00 PM            
SA-pww $12        Refuge Visitor Center
Poetry Workshop for writers and wannabes! Join the 5 WeBeMuses and create your own lyrical remembrance of the Bosque; nothing to bring but yourself and your recollections from the day. We will use short forms to create poems to take home along with your beautiful pictures. All ages invited.  For those who want to participate, group writing activities may include a poetry wall. Lee Dunne, Cheryl Marita, Paula Miller, Judy Mosher and Lib O’Brien will share ideas. The WeBe’s bring their varied backgrounds, from education, counseling, health care and theater, as well as their love of words, birds, and people. The WeBe’s met at Ghost Ranch, wrote as a group, came to the Bosque in 2013 and flew away with energy to write a book together. Now they want to share that energy with other nature lovers in the glow of the bosque.  Limit 30.

*New* Sponsored by Canon
Shoot the Light Technical Seminar          
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
SA-stl   $20          Refuge Biology Building 
A Program Designed to Enhance Both Your Technical Ability and Visual Sense
Join Charles “Chas” Glatzer as he presents “Shoot the Light,” a presentation designed to enhance your technical ability and visual sense, providing a definitive learning experience for those photographers who wish to take their imagery to the next level. Chas brings over 37 years of diverse experience and offers it in a friendly, amusing, and memorable fashion. Chas will share the thought process behind the making of an image, and the techniques used to produce consistently successful images in the field. If you want to learn how to consistently produce images that are a cut above, it is imperative you take control of your imagery. Chas will cover in depth his Pro-Active in-field work methodology, guaranteed to forever change the way you approach photography. The faster you are able to assess the conditions as presented and employ the tools and techniques necessary to render the image as desired, the more likely you are to accomplish your goal. Offered Thursday and Saturday.  Limit 20.

*New* Sponsored by Sigma
Birds in Flight with Roman         
2:00 PM to 5:00 PM            
SA-bfr    $70        Bus Stop, Refuge Visitor Center
Want to learn how to take sharp photo images of birds in flight?  Full time pro nature photographer Roman Kurywczak will show you how. During this 3 hour workshop, Roman will be out in the field with you providing the proper settings and giving instruction on how you can capture stunning bird in flight images of your very own. Every level of photographer is welcome to sign up for this workshop but should have a working knowledge of changing their camera settings such as f/stop, ISO, and shutter speed. A digital SLR camera with a minimum 300mm focal length lens is recommended but not required. Don’t forget to dress warm and bring extra memory cards. Sigma USA will also be on hand to provide loaner lenses for these workshops. As a proud member of the Sigma pro team Roman has taught countless photographers across the country just how exciting and fun bird in flight photography can be. Offered Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.  Limit 20.

Afternoon with the Cranes Fly In            
2:00 PM to 5:30 PM                                                                   
SA-awc   $65        Expo Conference Tent
Our  “Crane Team” pools their expertise to provide a comprehensive overview of sandhill crane biology and natural history. Your guides, Paul Tebbel, Sandra Noll, Erv Nichols, and Allison Ferkovich will describe how cranes: form pair bonds and raise chicks; communicate by vocalizations and body language; and migrate and survive on nesting and wintering grounds. Most of our time will be dedicated to direct field observation including “fly-in” from a special vantage point. This program is well suited for those seeing cranes for the first time as well as veteran crane watchers who want to delve further into the lives of this incredible bird.  If you want to fully experience sandhill cranes at Festival, this workshop is for you! 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.  Offered Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.  Limit 34.

*New* Sponsored by Photomatrix & Hunt’s
Working with Textures & Overlays
Turn Ho-Hum into a Work of Art    
3:00 PM to 4:30 PM            
SA-wto   $45        Refuge Visitor Center
Don’t delete that digital image! Do you sometimes have a shot that you really like…a subject that is hard to capture…a place you may not get to again…but it’s not perfect? Turn that “almost” good shot into a work of art by utilizing textures and overlays. Join Hazel Meredith, owner of Meredith Images, as she leads you to discover better photography image processing. Maybe it’s a bird in flight – the bird looks great, but the sky is blah. Use another sky image as an overlay, or add a texture – or both! Maybe it’s a nice flower shot – good color and composition, but it’s not quite tack sharp. Use textures to turn it into a fine art image! Textures are everywhere – there are many free and for-purchase ones online. However, you can create your own textures from photos of everyday objects – I’ll show you how and where to find them. There is much you can do to create a beautiful work of art. Working with layers and blending modes,I will show you how easy it is! Offered Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.  Limit 25.

Thinking Differently With Your Camera        
3:00 PM to 4:30 PM                                                                   
SA-tdc       $20     Refuge Visitor Center
Whether it’s birds in flight, portraits, landscapes, or macro photography, professional photographer Maresa Pryor-Luziers’ program shows a different way of seeing. “Don’t quit when the sun goes down; it’s only begun,” says Maresa.  Learn the secrets behind the beautiful images shown, it will astound you! Learn what to look for before dawn and after dusk, and the advantages of low light, such as color saturation, reflections, and taking in the whole landscape. Learn how to work with the disadvantages of larger apertures, higher ISO’s, and shooting longer exposures, while reviewing camera settings and equipment needed to get that perfect photo. Discover how weather affects your photography and how to take advantage of it. Understand changing modes from color to black and white photography.  See how amazing it is to see a dull image change before you into a strong effective photo. Know your subject and how to work around wildlife without disturbing it. Beforehand be informed by seeing galleries, prints, blogs, and more at www.maresapryorluzier.com.  Join Maresa for this power packed presentation covering a wide gamut of information for any photographer or nature enthusiast expanding their horizons. Offered Friday and Saturday. Limit 25.

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     Expo Conference Tent
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, Thursday, and Saturday.  Limit 20.

Walk In to Fly In             
4:30 PM to 5:45 PM
SA-wifi   $8          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 on 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. Often there are seats on the bus for walk-ons; exact change is appreciated. Offered Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  Limit 90.

 

SUNDAY 11/22/15

 
Walk Out to Fly Out       
5:30 AM to 7:30 AM
SU-wofo   $8        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*
Digiscoping Photography Workshop      
5:30 AM to 10:00 AM
SU-dpw    $70      Bus Stop, Refuge Visitor Center
Join Wayne Pope, a professor of photography, as he leads you into the discovery of Digiscoping, the art of nature photography with a field spotting scope and a digital camera. Cellphone, mobile devices, point & shoot cameras, and digital SLRs are all used. An adaptor is necessary to mount the camera to the eye piece of the spotting scope and keep it in place. “Digibining” is the use of binoculars.  Digiscoping provides a low-cost alternative to traditional methods of nature photography with expensive telephoto lenses and professional cameras. If you already have a spotting scope or binoculars, all you need is an adapter to mount your camera. Bring your scope, tripod, a fluid video tripod head for smooth panning, and plenty of high-speed, high-capacity memory cards. This is a field workshop that will teach you how to handle your equipment, manual focus and get wildlife shots and videos that you can quickly share on the web. Offered Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday.  Limit 16.

*New* Sponsored by Canon
Canon Intensive             
5:30 AM to 11:30 AM
SU-ceol    $90      Bus Stop, Refuge Visitor Center
Join Adam Jones, Canon Explorer of Light photography pro, for a special workshop. Learn from Canon’s best in an intensive field and classroom workshop. Four hours in the field are followed by a hot breakfast and two hours of classroom. Learn how to get the most out of digital photography with straight forward, simple techniques for landscapes, wildlife, birds in flight, or macro photography. Work with Canon loaner lens learning how to see subjects regarding composition and lighting. Some great principals will also be covered such as:  Depth of Field, Flash in the Field, What lenses Do: Selecting the right lens for your vision, HDR, Focus Stacking for unlimited depth of field, and High ISO noise solutions in post processing.  Offered Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday.  Limit 20.

Sponsored by BRANT Group
Albuquerque Birding Hot Spots
7:30 AM to 4:30 PM
SU-abhs    $180   Valle de Oro NWR, Albuquerque
A Day with the Experts 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 twelve 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 $20           Bus Stop, Refuge Visitor Center
The Bosque del Apache Birding Tour is the perfect trip for those looking to discover the incredible diversity of birds on the refuge. Whether you are a long-time birder or a new recruit, this trip is sure to thrill as we search for raptors, waterfowl, cranes, and any other birds the refuge has to offer. The exact tour route will depend on the distribution of birds on that day. Offered Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.  Limit 40.

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, Tish Morris and other volunteers, participants can expect to see the best the refuge has to offer. Offered Saturday and Sunday.   Limit 22.

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 guide. 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.