Crane Fiesta Schedule: Friday, November 20th
Much more coming soon!

Crane Fiesta is a cost-free event; however, you must be registered for the webinar(s) of your choice to receive the links to view them.

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Crane Fiesta 2020 will be a mix of virtual medias. Friends of Bosque del Apache have partnered with many educational, conservation, and photography groups to bring you pre-recorded featured videos and live webinars.

Each live event will be listed as live under the scheduled time. In order to receive the login details for the webinars, you must register for them and make sure to register for all the webinars you are interested in. We will not be sending out recordings of the photography webinars after the event.

The pre-recorded features will be posted on our Facebook page at the time listed; however, they will also be posted here in the morning of their scheduled release date.

Easy Phonescoping
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Live photography webinar with Richard Moncrief
Sponsored by Zeiss

Join Richard Moncrief and learn about Phonescoping. Richard will explain what Phonescoping is 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.

Fort Craig Virtual Tour
10:00 AM 
Featured video with Public Lands Interpretive Association
Sponsored by the Public Lands Interpretive Association

Join a professional archaeologist and professor for a 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. The tour will focus on Fort Craig’s significance during the American Civil War and the Pyrrhic Confederate victory at the Battle of Valverde, which was fought nearby.

Raptor Identification 
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Live webinar with Catherine Sandell
Bosque del Apache USFWS Volunteer

Join USFWS volunteer and expert birder Catherine Sandell in this raptor identification webinar and learn about the raptors that can be seen 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.

Color in the Land of Enchantment: New Mexico’s birds as seen through an artist’s palette
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Live photography webinar with Catherine Hamilton
Sponsored by Zeiss

Join Catherine Hamilton as she explores the bird species of New Mexico through observing and recording their colors in context with their environments. A brief guide to taking color notes in the field at a time when it is difficult to get into the field!

Land Witness Project: Climate Crisis from the Front Lines
11:00 AM
Featured video by the Land Witness Project
Sponsored by the Land Witness Project

This featured series will focus on communities and individuals who are experiencing changes from rising temperatures, forest fires, lack of snow pack and extreme drought conditions. Meet Kevin Cobble, Former Manager of the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge.  Deeply aware of the magical beauty, ecological importance and economic value of the Bosque Del Apache, Kevin shares stories that even frequent visitors may not be aware of.  He points out the visible, harmful impacts of climate change on the Bosque del Apache, and highlights the many positive steps that have already been taken to protect the refuge from increasing heat and lack of water.

Deadly Beauty Behavior
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Live webinar with Matthew Mitchell
Sponsored by Friends of Bosque del Apache

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.  Trained hawks and falcons will be released to fly, chase lures, and possibly even hunt wild prey (viewers be warned!).

Partnership with the Colorado Crane Conservation Coalition
2:00 PM – 2:30 PM

More details coming soon!

How to Select Birding Optics 2020
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Live photography webinar with Richard Moncrief
Sponsored by Zeiss

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.

Cranes of the World
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Live webinar with Sandra Noll
Sponsored by Friends of Bosque del Apache

Join Sandra Noll for a generously illustrated program that opens with an overview of the history, art, and mythology of cranes followed by introductions to the world’s fifteen crane species. The two species specific to North America, sandhill and whooping cranes, will be given prominence. Woven throughout is the International Crane Foundation’s mission to conserve worldwide ecosystems, watersheds, and flyways upon which cranes depend.

IRIS PASSCAL Tour
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Partnership live webinar with IRIS PASSCAL
Sponsored by IRIS PASSCAL

IRIS PASSCAL supports the exploration of the Earth’s crust, mantle and core to enhance fundamental understanding of earthquakes, volcanoes, crustal deformation, mantle convection, global geodynamics and the history of the continents. Dave Thomas will talk about how this Socorro-based service center supports seismology science around the globe and will provide a video-taped 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!

Duck Identification 
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Live birding webinar with Catherine Sandell
Bosque del Apache USFWS Volunteer

Join USFWS volunteer and expert birder Catherine Sandell in this ducks identification webinar and learn about the ducks that can be seen 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.

Birding for Kids
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Live photography webinar with Richard Moncrief
Sponsored by Zeiss

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.

Zeiss Sponsored Program
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Live photography webinar with Richard Moncrief

More details coming soon!