New Monthly Events as Part of Bringing the Refuge and our partners to You

Festival may have been cancelled, but Friends are continuing with our mission to bring Festival content to you! Keep checking back here for updates on our monthly webinars!

Improving your Bird Photography with Cheryl Opperman

With almost twice as many birders in America than golfers, it’s no wonder so many photographers strive to capture the perfect image of these wondrous creatures. Whether you are photographing in your own backyard or in an exotic location, some simple preparation greatly increases your chance of capturing spectacular images. Join award-winning photographer Cheryl Opperman as she shares her favorite locations and provides valuable insight into the tools and techniques needed to successfully photograph birds.


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Time: Saturday, October 17, 2020
11:00 AM Mountain Time
Cost: $15 + $2.75 registration fee
We are proud to work with Hunt’s Photo and Video on this exciting webinar
Hunt’s specialists will also be available to answer your questions

Cheryl Opperman is a nationally acclaimed nature photographer who has traveled to every continent in the world capturing spectacular images of nature, wildlife, and indigenous cultures. Widely published, her photographs have appeared in print, on the web, on television, and in solo and group exhibits, resulting in a list of clients or credits which include The American Humane Association, The Denver Post, the National Geographic Society, and the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Cheryl’s esthetic compositions, artistic use of light, and exquisite detail have been honored with several prestigious awards from organizations including The Earth Day Network, Nature’s Best Photography, the International Photography Awards, and the National Wildlife Federation. She was also featured as a leading female nature photographer by Outdoor Photographer Magazine and has appeared in on-camera interviews by 9News Denver, the Luminous Landscape, and Smithsonian Earth. Using the power of photography to inspire interest in the environment and other cultures, she has presented slide shows or classes on various topics to schools, camera clubs, and organizations including the Intermountain Regional Headquarters of the National Park Service, the Colorado Environmental Film Festival, and the North American Nature Photography Association. Cheryl is a 1992 honors graduate of Brooks Institute of Photography holding a Bachelor of Arts degree in Industrial/Scientific photography.


Painting a killdeer with Wren Walraven

Thank you for joining us for this exciting webinar!
Wren Walraven, a local New Mexican artist that won the 2015 Festival Art Contest, answered questions, guided participants, and gave advice on how to create a mixed media killdeer painting. Click on the link below to download a materials list, killdeer outline for the project, and the tutorial video to get started today.
Follow the tutorial below and show off your painting! Send your painting to Friends and Wren!
Who is Wren Walraven?
My artwork is an expressive celebration of nature-inspired by wildlife using abstraction and abstract principles. As a child, I was fascinated and awestruck by the natural world around me. The birds at our feeders brought forth great adoration and excitement in their wild beauty. Little did I know, this would be the foundation of a life’s path.

Painting Tutorial

Video by Wren Walraven

Hummingbirds – Hummingbirds of New Mexico

Thank you for joining us for this exciting webinar on September 11th, 2020!
Friends, Sandra Noll, and Erv Nichols brought Hummingbirds of New Mexico into registrants home!
This delightful program showed registrants the secret world of these unique little birds, whose high-speed lives are largely invisible to us. Details of hummingbird biology and behavior were revealed through slow-motion video and beautiful photographs highlighting species seen at Bosque del Apache and elsewhere in New Mexico. The human-hummingbird connection was also explored with tips on attracting and identifying these tiny gems.

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