Crane Fiesta Schedule: Saturday, November 21st
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.

If you enjoy these webinars and want to see more, we invite you to donate so that we can offer even more educational programs, encourage more folks to become involved with nature, and support Bosque del Apache!
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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.

Morning Fly Out
5:45 AM – 7:00 AM
Live with Sandra Noll and Erv Nichols
Sponsored by Friends of Bosque del Apache

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!

Land Witness Project: Climate Crisis from the Front Lines
Part 2
9:00 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 Lorenzo Candelaria, farmer/owner of Cornelio Candelaria Organics in Albuquerque’s South Valley.  With a twinkle in his eye and the cultural wisdom of generations of his family’s life on the Atrisco Land Grant, Lorenzo’s passion for community based, sustainable agriculture is infectious.  He raises our awareness of one of life’s essentials, FOOD: where it comes from, how our food systems are endangered, and what we can do to rebuild resilient, community focused farms.

The Mirrorless Program
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Live photography webinar with Noah Buchanan
Sponsored by Hunt’s Photo & Video

The mirrorless program is designed to inform and educate people on the pros and cons of Mirrorless cameras as well as clear up misconceptions that are commonly known about them. The program will touch on the following topics. This webinar will cover the lens options, adaptability of old lenses and different mounts, explanation of the electronic viewfinder, and the in body stabilization. Noah Buchanan will also talk about mirrorless vs digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) and much more. This webinar will go is for entry level and professional photographers.

Prairie Dogs in Peril 
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Live webinar with James E. Trever from Prairie Dog Pals of ABQ
Sponsored by Prairie Dog Pals of ABQ

James E. Trever from Prairie Dog Pals of Albuquerque (ABQ) will present a live prairie dog and a PowerPoint presentation for adults (and one for kids listed separately) describing the biology of the prairie dogs. The presentation will include two videos depicting their behavior in their burrows and the humorous “jump yips” of the black tail prairie dog. Jim will lead a discussion about the amazing language of the prairie dogs and how intelligent these animals are. He will also talk about the struggles that this keystone species face today. Jim will take questions as time permits.

Light Painting Photography Technique
Saturday, November 21st

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Live photography webinar with Michael Novo
Sponsored by Litra

In a wedding and portrait industry that’s overwhelmingly more saturated with photographers of all skill levels, there’s a stronger demand each day to be different and stand out from the crowd. Using a technique called “light painting”, you will witness and then create art pieces that are unlike any other on human subjects in complex environments. In this class we will first go over the various introductory methods and tools that are used to paint with light and then you will apply what you have learned in your own session. Finally you will be guided through the editing process which is where you truly add your own flavor to the final piece. You will learn about composing a scene in your mind before image capture, Lighting angles and techniques, and lighting angles and techniques. Michael Novo will also talk about Photoshop adjustment and editing, he will provide a gear review and talk about the importance of selecting the right tool for the job – for example: Strobe light vs flashlight. According to Michael, he will also offer instruction on how to be awesome in general. Michael strives to create original art that his clients will not see elsewhere and he will guide registrants on how they can find their own style.

Prairie Dogs in Peril: Wildlife Zone Program
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Live webinar with James E. Trever from Prairie Dog Pals of ABQ
Sponsored by Prairie Dog Pals of ABQ

James E. Trever from Prairie Dog Pals of Albuquerque (ABQ) will present a live prairie dog and a PowerPoint presentation for kids (and one for adults listed separately) describing the biology of the prairie dogs. The presentation will include two videos depicting their behavior in their burrows and the humorous “jump yips” of the black tail prairie dog. Jim will lead a discussion about the amazing language of the prairie dogs and how intelligent these animals are. He will also talk about the struggles that this keystone species face today. Jim will take questions as time permits.

Share with Wildlife
1:00 PM 
Featured video by The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
Sponsored by The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish

What is Share with Wildlife? The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish’s non-game enhancement program funded by donations from the public. Each year, the program distributes funds for non-game focused projects including non-game wildlife research, education, rehabilitation (i.e., wildlife rescue, treatment, and care), and habitat purchase and improvement projects. This video feature will introduce you to this key and vital component of the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish.

Deadly Beauty: Raptors and Man
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Live Webinar with Matthew Mitchell
Sponsored by Friends of Bosque del Apache

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!

Essential Tools of the Trade
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Live photography webinar with Jack Graham
Sponsored by FujiFilm

Composition + Subject + Light + Gear + Attitude + Dedication = SUCCESSFUL and ARTISTIC  IMAGERY
Jack Graham will go into depth about these 6 topics that can make or break your images in a comprehensive pictorial presentation. These considerations are primary for success. Contained within this discussion are insights that perhaps we might not consider when trying our hardest to make that great image. Sometimes it is right in front of you, but you do not consider these important concepts. And even if you do, it is great to hear them again.

Art with the archeologist and anthropologist Mary Meahkee
2:00 PM

More details coming soon!

Migrating with Sandhill Cranes
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Live Webinar with Sandra Noll and Erv Nichols
Sponsored by Friends of Bosque del Apache

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.

Catfishing Fun: Wildlife Zone Program
3:00 PM
Featured video by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
Sponsored by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish 

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish will provide basic information in regards to fishing around Bosque del Apache for catfish species. Catfishing spots can be found from San Acacia all the way to Caballo Lake. Species of catfish, equipment needs, regulations, and many more points will be covered. Catfishing is a relaxing sport that can provide fabulous protein for the family while allowing those who participate in the sport an opportunity to enjoy nature and to see some birds too.

Creating Magic with Nisi Filters
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Live photography webinar with Joshua Snow
Sponsored by NiSi Filters

This presentation will illustrate the power of photographic filters in Nature photography both technically and creatively!

Alaska Wildlife Photography 
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Live webinar with Jerry Jacques
Sponsored by Alaska Grizzly Safaris

Learn the secret places that top professionals go to successfully capture images of Alaska’s magnificent seven; Caribou, dall sheep, grizzly and brown bears, moose, polar bear, walrus and wolves.

Alaska is 2 1/2 times the size of Texas and has 33,904 miles of coastline. Knowing where to go and how to get there is a huge challenge yet fantastic photographic locations are accessible for every age and every budget. Easy day trips to hardcore expeditions all across Alaska are available if you know where to go. Alaska Master Guide, Jerry Jacques, will cover where to go, how to get there, who to contact, when the best times to go are and what equipment you will need.

Evening Fly In
4:30 PM – 5:45 PM
Live Webinar
Sponsored by Friends of Bosque del Apache and Bosque del Apache staff

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. Join us live to view this spectacular scene!

New Mexico Performing Arts Series Presents Robert Mirabal & Band
7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Live Event Partnership with the New Mexico Tech Performing Art Series
Sponsored by the New Mexico Tech Performing Art Series

Robert Mirabal is a Pueblo musician and Native American flute player and maker from Taos Pueblo, New Mexico. Robert was originally booked before Covid-19 hit, especially for the Festival of the Cranes. We hope participants in the Virtual Festival will also “attend” this concert, which will be live-streamed from Macey Center. His flutes are world-renowned and have been displayed at the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of the American Indian. An award-winning musician and leading proponent of world music, Mirabal performs worldwide, sharing flute songs, tribal rock, dance, and storytelling. Mirabal was twice named the Native American Music Awards’ Artist of the Year and received the Songwriter of the Year award three times. He was featured in Grammy Award-winning album, Sacred Ground: A Tribute to Mother Earth in 2006 for Best Native American Music Album. Mirabal also published a book of storytelling poetry and prose in 1994 entitled Skeletons of a Bridge and is currently writing a second book, Running Alone in Photographs. Aside from his artistic talents, Mirabal is a father and a farmer, living in Taos Pueblo and participating in the traditional ways and rituals of his people. Robert has performed in Socorro several times, the first as part of the launching of the PBS program about Mirabal: Music from a Painted Cave; the second as an NMTPAS conceived collaboration performance and intensive outreach activities with NM-based internationally renowned dance company Dancing Earth, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts; and now third with his own NM-based band with a special performance by the Zuni Dancers, this during virtual Crane Fiesta 2020.

Live-Streamed on YouTube & Facebook. FREE! Donations Welcome!

To view the performance, donate, and get more information on the New Mexico Performing Arts Series, please click here: http://www.nmt.edu/pas.