Crane Fiesta 2021 Schedule: Thursday, November 18th

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. 

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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Morning Fly Out
5:45 AM – 7:00 AM MST
Thursday, November 18th
Sponsored by Friends of Bosque del Apache
Cost: Free

It’s early, it’s dark, and it’s cold, but you’ll be joining us live from the comfort of your home! When thousands of cranes and geese take flight, the sights and sounds are spectacular!

Unlike most of our other live webinars, you are not required to register for either Fly In or Fly Out on Thursday and Saturday. All other live programs will be accessible through Zoom; however, this event will be a Facebook Live event. 

Registering for this free program will ensure that you are sent the Facebook Live link; however, this will be on our Facebook page for all to access, and it will be posted here.

Postproduction for Bird and Wildlife Photography
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM MDT
Thursday, November 18th

Live photography webinar with Ray Hennessy
Cost: $15

Join Ray Hennessy as he shows how to use post processing to elevate photography. He will walk registrants through the process start to finish as he edits photographs in real time. With years of experience to draw upon, Ray will use common and lesser known techniques to draw out and accentuate the beauty of your photography.

About Ray Hennessy: Ray’s fascination with nature photography began in 2007.  In the years since, wildlife photography with a focus on birds has gone from a very passionate hobby to become his career. Ray spends much of his free time in natural areas searching for birds and any other wildlife that comes along. He concentrates on using creative natural lighting and interesting compositions to capture unique images of common and rare wildlife. Ray’s favorite style is a more scenic photo that includes some of the habitat wildlife lives in. He also enjoys passing along the knowledge and experience that he has gathered over the years to other photographers who are eager to learn.

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Raptor Identification 
9:30 AM – 10:30 AM MST
Thursday, November 18th
Live webinar with Catherine Sandell, USFWS Volunteer
Free Webinar

Join USFWS volunteer and expert birder Catherine Sandell in this raptor identification webinar and learn about the raptors that can be found at Bosque del Apache. This will be an interactive webinar with Catherine giving a detailed presentation and a questions and answer portion at the end.

Fort Craig Tour
10:00 AM MST
Thursday, November 18th

Sponsored by the Public Lands Interpretive Association
Live Event at Fort Craig

Join the Bureau of Land Management for an onsite tour of the historic ruins of Fort Craig. Situated in the stark beauty of Socorro County, New Mexico and nestled along the Rio Grande Valley, Fort Craig played a critical role in frontier campaigns, and is associated with many notable Native figures, including Geronimo, Victorio, and Nana. Other prominent figures whose stories are interwoven with Fort Craig include those of Kit Carson, Rafael Chacón, Captain Jack Crawford, as well as the famous 9th Cavalry, better known as the Buffalo Soldiers. 

This is an outside event on a walking trail that is majority ADA-accessible. Masks are recommended. Please dress for the weather and bring water and sunscreen.

Mastering Flight Photography
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM MST
Thursday, November 18th

Live photography webinar with Ben Knoot
Cost: $15

Bird in flight photography is a challenge, but it doesn’t have to be. Join Olympus Educator and Tropical Birding Tours guide Ben Knoot for an hour and a half long class on improving your flight photography. Ben will walk you through ideal camera settings as well as what you may want to think about while in the field and executing your photo. This class is good for beginners, intermediate and advanced photographers.

About Ben Knoot: Ben is a 24 year old nature photographer originally from California. Before graduating in 2018, he studied Environmental Policy and Environmental Education at Western Washington University in Bellingham Washington State. Ben now leads educational and instructive photography, birding and birding with a camera (BWC®) tours and workshops for Tropical Birding Tours

Ben’s goal while guiding is to provide a memorable, exciting and successful experience so that other people can enjoy photographing earth’s beauty as much as he does. Ben has been published by several organizations including, Natures Best Photography, Audubon, Ranger Rick, NANPA, Wildlife Photo Magazine and the BBC. His deep love and passion for nature has guided and will continue to guide the way he chooses to live his life, with a sense of wonder and curiosity of all things new and exciting.

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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)

Come learn about the latest offerings from Canon with a focus on the EOS R system. Jeff Leimbach will be discussing the benefits and advantages for bird and wildlife photography including animal autofocus and focus tracking!

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 Behavior 
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM MST
Thursday, November 18th

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

Explore the strategies that hawks and falcons use to catch their prey and raise their young. The webinar will be led by Matthew Mitchell – falconer, raptor breeder, and wildlife rehabilitator.  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!)

Raptor Behavior with Matt Mitchell

Video by Steve Siegel

Instantly Improve Your Birding Experience
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM MST
Thursday, November 18th
Live photography webinar with Todd & Lou Nettelhorst
Cost: $15

Join Todd & Lou Nettelhorst on a  journey into bosque birding and capturing amazing imagery along the way. Through helpful suggestions, you will learn how to prepare, gear up, locate, observe, create impactful imagery and share those pictures in a stunning and touching way. You will not only learn about photographing birds, but also incorporating video to help improve the experience. We’ll discuss anticipating behaviors, angles, backgrounds, choosing your gear and much more.

About Todd Nettelhorst: Todd Nettelhorst has had a passion for photography and filmmaking much of his life. He started photographing at a very young age when his father gave him his first SLR camera. His appreciation of photography grew while photographing throughout the country during the summer family road trips. Though his passion for the arts continued to grow, after  college, Todd worked in sales and marketing for a variety of companies quickly becoming successful in building relationships in a variety of industries. His path of becoming a professional photographer began while documenting the honesty in his children’s lives as others asked him to capture that same spirit for their family. His un-posed, un-planned, spontaneous style of photographing people living, helped him develop extreme  patience and a keen eye for documenting the personality and expressions that bring out the “real life” in people. Through years of delivering those precious moments for those families, other opportunities opened up in commercial photography including: events, architecture, engagements and various products. While still engaging in commercial work with new and established clients, Todd enjoys bringing his charismatic energy, unique photographic perspective and deep passion for the visual arts to others by helping them explore and develop the best of their creative abilities through coaching.

About Lou Nettelhorst: Lou Nettelhorst, photography educator who helps photographers discover and explore the artist within. First and foremost Lou is a photography teacher. He is also an award-winning photographer and stunning image-maker. He is a man on a mission – a mission to make photographing fun, creative and rewarding for others through his unique teaching style. The hallmark of his style is his eagerness to share his professional experience and techniques, while always providing encouragement, constructive feedback, and (often groan-inducing) humor. Lou has been a teacher to thousands of aspiring photographers. He literally gets “goose-bumps” when he sees the images made by his students, and counts their successes as his most treasured reward. One of his students recently commented, “You can be a great photographer, but not know how to teach. Lou is a phenomenal teacher and an amazing photographer!”
Whether a student is interested in macro, landscape, bird, architecture etc. Lou provides tips and pointers on that particular style. Regardless of the level of the student, from  beginner to advanced, Lou is uniquely qualified to help them improve their images and move to the next level.  A student of noted photographers Freeman Patterson, Sam Abel and Bob Sisson, Lou’s images have been published in Nature’s Best Photography , Outdoor Photographer , North American Nature Photography Association’s (NANPA) Member Showcase and Chicago Wilderness Magazine , as well as many newsletters. His photography has also earned numerous fine art exhibition awards. During his eight years as chair of the NANPA High School Scholarship Program, Lou received NANPA’s Outstanding Service Award, the Russ Kinne Recognition Grant and in 2019 became a NANPA Fellow. In 2010, he received the Kohout Outstanding Nature Photographer’s Award from the Chicago Area Camera Clubs Association (CACCA), representing 36 clubs. Lou is also a member of the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP), Chicago Botanic Garden, Riverwoods Nature Photographic Society (RNPS) and the Grayslake Arts Alliance (GAA).

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The American Bald Eagle
3:00 PM – 4:30 PM MST
Thursday, November 18th

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

An up-close and personal introduction to one of our nation’s symbols.  Generously illustrated and laced with humor this program highlights facts about the biology and behavior of this unique species while generating kinship with our national bird.

Best settings and techniques for wildlife photography
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM MST
Thursday, November 18th

Live photography webinar with Joe and Maryann Mcdonald
Cost: $15

Successful, interesting wildlife images require more than just the right lens and luck. For consistent success technique is required, and in this program Joe and Maryann Mcdonald will cover the best settings for a variety of wildlife subjects and the reasoning behind them, as well as the many other considerations behind obtaining great shots. This program will cover what’s best for birds, mammals, and macro subjects, ranging from bullfrogs to butterflies, although the emphasis will be upon birds and mammals.

About Joe and Maryann Mcdonald: Joe has been a full-time professional wildlife photographer since 1983, but his career began while he was in high school when he sold images to the National Wildlife Federation. He is the author of more than 15 books on photography and natural history and is a frequent columnist for several print and electronic magazines. Mary began her career after taking a workshop Joe was leading in the Everglades, and together they have been leading photo tours and safaris around the world since 1989, sometimes traveling for over 32 weeks in a year. They have a special interest in the wild big cats, and have seen all 7 of the world’s big cats in one year four different times. Both Mary and Joe enjoy teaching, and regularly conduct workshops and give lectures and seminars on photography across the US, and have been active mentors during NANPA’s annual conference for the High School and College students.

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Backyard Bird Photography
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM MST
Thursday, November 18th

Live photography webinar with Michael Corrado
Cost: Free

From a small pond in Stony Brook Long Island to his own backyard in Levittown, NY, Michael Corrado has found his peace, tranquility and passion for photographing birds just outside his back door. Join him as he talks about many of the tricks and tips he has learned along the way making pictures of the beauty and behaviors of these amazing, winged creatures. He’ll cover very important things to consider such as camera and lens selection, understanding specific autofocus modes for tracking with precision and various camera settings that work best in bird photography in flight or perched. You’ll learn about his intense, yet patient approach to getting closer to the birds while protecting and respecting their natural environment. He will also delve into the power of remote photography and embracing state of the art technologies that will impact the types of images you want to create, immediately.

About Michael Corrado: Michael Corrado has been a photographer and visual artist for over 40 years and has recently celebrated his 36th anniversary with Nikon. He currently holds the title of Sr Manager of Nikon Professional Services and Pro Relations and the host of Nikon’s Creator’s Hour and Nikon LIVE Unscripted shows where he has interviewed many of the most talented photographers and filmmakers in the industry today. Michael created and runs the Nikon Ambassador Program that partners with Nikon’s most talented and respected talent in the business today.

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Evening Fly In
4:30 PM – 5:45 PM MST
Thursday, November 18th
Facebook Live with Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge Staff

Sponsored by Friends of Bosque del Apache and Bosque del Apache staff
Cost: Free

As the shadows grow long and the sun begins to set, thousands of geese and cranes return to the nighttime safety of the wetlands on the refuge. Tune in to view this spectacular scene!

Unlike most of our other live webinars, you are not required to register for either Fly In or Fly Out on Thursday and Saturday. All other live programs will be accessible through Zoom; however, this event will be a Facebook Live event.

Registering for this free program will ensure that you are sent the Facebook Live link; however, this will be on our Facebook page for all to access, and it will be posted here.

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Friday, November 19th
Saturday, November 20th