Crane Fiesta Schedule: Friday, November 19th

You must be registered for the live webinar(s) of your choice to receive the links to view them. There are also events that do not require registration; instructions for watching these events is listed at the end of the descriptions. 

If you enjoy these programs and want to see more, we invite you to donate to Friends of Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge so that we can offer additional events to support Bosque del Apache!

Crane Fiesta 2021 will be a mix of virtual medias. Friends of Bosque del Apache has partnered with many educational, conservation, and photography groups to bring you pre-recorded featured videos, live webinars, and other virtual events.

The pre-recorded features will be posted on our Facebook page at the time listed; however, they will also be posted here by 8 AM on the date listed. Registration is not required for these.

We require registration for the live webinars. Registrants will receive webinar details, including the Zoom webinar invitations, starting in November.

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Easy Digiscoping and Phonescoping
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM MDT
Friday, November 19th

Live photography webinar with Richard Moncrief
Sponsored by Zeiss
Cost: $15

Join Richard Moncrief to learn about Phonescoping and how to make the most of it for great photography. From equipment to technical tips, this webinar will help you understand how to make those phone photos even better.

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Birds at the Window (And around the Visitor Center)  
9:30 AM – 10:30 AM MST
Friday, November 19th

Live webinar with Catherine Sandell, USFWS Volunteer
Cost: Free

During the colder months food is put out for winter resident birds around the visitor center and in the Desert Arboretum. Watching these feeders is a good way to learn about the smaller birds that call the Chihuahuan desert home. These species are far easier to see at the feeders than on the Auto Tour Loop.

Feathers: Form, Color, and Function
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM MST
Friday, November 19th

Live webinar with Catherine Hamilton
Sponsored by Zeiss
Cost: $15

Come have a look at New Mexico’s birds through drawing and understanding feathers. Feathers are fascinating and confounding to artists and birders alike, and pose some creative challenges when drawing and painting feathered creatures. Join Catherine Hamilton for this online tutorial and workshop, for tips on drawing and painting or just to learn a little more about how feathers work! Topics covered will build structural understanding and knowledge of feather functions, as well as provide some tips on how to work with color in complex feathering like iridescence and layered colors. This tutorial is open to all levels, though it will also include some exercises for people comfortable working with color media.

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Water Management
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM MST
Friday, November 19th

Live webinar with USFWS
Cost: Free

One of the most heavily managed refuges in the National Wildlife Refuge System, Bosque del Apache is a part-time home to hundreds of species and a year-round home to hundreds more. After a pre-recorded video about water management on the refuge, join Bosque del Apache staff for a question-and-answer session focused on water management at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. Please watch the video below for an overview of the refuge.

Field of Dreams

Video by Steve Siegel

Join the Virtual Expo Tent with Hunt’s Photo & Video
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM MST
Thursday, November 18th: Jeff Leimbach (Canon)
Friday, November 19th: John Gregor (printing)
Saturday, November 20th: Mike Amico (Olympus)

The print process can appear to be a dauntingly complex challenge, but most photographers’ needs are deceivingly simple-they just want to make good-looking prints from their images. This presentation is an in-depth look at the process of making high-quality fine art prints. Jeff Gregor will discuss his digital image workflow, from maximizing the quality of the digital original to massaging pixels to perfect tone, color, and sharpness using Lightroom, or Adobe Camera Raw and Adobe Photoshop.

He will demonstrate his digital workflow from Raw conversion to finishing techniques in Photoshop including digital burning and dodging techniques, output sharpening, monitor calibration, and color matching for fine art prints. His presentation is refreshingly straightforward and practical yet precise for the most demanding fine art photographer

Registration not required. You can just pop in and pop out anytime between 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM MST PM MST daily (each day has a different speaker and topic). Please note that the Zoom link will only be active during that time frame.

Watch this space for a link to join.

Deadly Beauty Raptors and Man
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM MST
Friday, November 19th

Live webinar with Matthew Mitchell
Sponsored by Friends of Bosque del Apache
Cost: $15

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. Please watch the video below as an introduction to this webinar and come ready to ask Matthew any questions you have. This video shows his hawks and falcons as they play, fly, and yes, hunt (participants be warned!)

Matt’s Falcons Raptors and Man

Video by Steve Siegel

How to Select Birding Optics 2021
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM MST
Friday, November 19th
Live webinar with Richard Moncrief
Sponsored by Zeiss
Cost: Free

Since we are diurnal, handy creatures, toolmakers, and tool users, our eyes work best within the reach of our arms and in full daylight. To observe more distant detail, color, action, and in poor light conditions, we need a little bit of help. Join Richard Moncrief as he shows what to look for in the world of binoculars.

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Migrating With the Sandhill Cranes
3:00 PM – 4:30 PM MST
Friday, November 19th

Live webinar with Sandra Noll
Sponsored by Friends of Bosque del Apache
Cost: $15

This webinar documents Erv Nichols and Sandra Noll’s six month journey following Sandhill Crane migration from wintering grounds in New Mexico through mid-continent flyway staging areas in Colorado and Nebraska to breeding grounds in Alaska.  The narrative is enhanced by serendipitous encounters with nature and wildlife along the way.  Interesting information and stunning photography are woven into an entertaining tapestry of their journey and relationship with this remarkable bird.

IRIS PASSCAL Tour
3:00 PM – 4:30 PM MST
Friday, November 19th
Live webinar with IRIS PASSCAL
Sponsored by IRIS PASSCAL
Cost: Free

IRIS PASSCAL supports the exploration of the Earth’s crust, mantle and core to enhance fundamental understanding of earthquakes, volcanoes, crustal deformation, mantle convection, global geodynamics and the history of the continents. Dave Thomas will talk about how this Socorro-based service center supports seismology science around the globe and will share a pre-recorded tour of the facility. Learn about the mysterious Phantom Tsunami of 1700, the Socorro Magma Body that lies underneath our region, the history of quakes in Socorro, and more!

Birding for Kids
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM MST
Friday, November 19th

Live photography webinar with Richard Moncrief
Sponsored by Zeiss
Cost: Free

Join Rich Moncrief as he shows young birders how to get started with birdwatching. He will talk about birding responsibly, locating birds, and some key points on how to identify them.

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Very Large Array Virtual Tour
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM MST
Friday, November 19th

Live photography webinar with the VLA
Cost: Free

The Festival of the Cranes may be virtual this year, but that doesn’t mean the Very Large Array radio telescope can’t still share our amazing observatory with you! Our STEAM Education team is proud to offer a virtual VLA Tour, free of charge, to any attendees of the Festival of the Cranes who wish to join us. All ages are welcome.

Join us for a one-of-a-kind virtual tour experience. Enjoy a personal, in-depth look at this world renowned radio telescope and the field of radio astronomy. The tour will include an introduction to the history and science of the Very Large Array, video segments that will transport the audience to parts of the observatory otherwise off limits to the public, and an appearance by one of the telescope operators. There will also be time for Q&A with the operator and our Education staff.

New Mexico Performing Arts Series Presents BARACUTANGA
7:30 PM MST
Friday, November 19th
Live Performance Partnership Sponsored by the New Mexico Tech Performing Art Series
Live Show Costs: $15/Adult; $12/Senior; $5/Youth
Or you can view it Live-Streamed on YouTube & Facebook NMTPAS Channels; Free–Tip Jar Donations Appreciated!
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Baracutanga is a seven-piece band, representing four different countries (Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru, USA), that blends South American ancestral traditions with a modern sensibility, whose exciting and distinct Latin flavor keeps crowds dancing and always wanting more.  Baracutanga creates songs that cross linguistic and cultural barriers, building bridges between the south and the north, overcoming the barriers of discrimination and promoting intercultural experiences that empower Latinos and all people with a positive message of self-affirmation.

Baracutanga musicians promote non-violence using their music as a vessel to increase and acknowledge cultural pluralism.  Their live shows are joyous, intense and explosive, propelled by the sounds of Andean flutes, charango, accordion, vibes, horns, guitar, bass, drums, vocal harmonies, and an array of percussion, often joined on stage, by Afro-Peruvian and Latin dancers.  Baracutanga have received multiple regional awards and recognitions and have performed across the Southwest, Rocky Mountains, and California, with stops in Calgary, NOLA, Austin and México.

The band played at PAS’s Socorro Sessions Primero de Mayo Fiesta in the Macey Center Parking Lot.  Everyone was coming up to PAS Director, Ronna Kalish, saying “bring them back!”  And so we have.

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