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Crane Fiesta Schedule: Thursday, November 19th

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, 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. We will not be sending out recordings of the photography webinars after the event.

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Morning Fly Out
5:45 AM – 7:00 AM MST
Thursday, November 19th
Facebook Live with Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge Staff

Sponsored by Friends of Bosque del Apache and Bosque del Apache staff

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.

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Bosque del Apache: Field Of Dreams On The Great River
7:15 AM MST
Thursday, November 19th

Featured video by Friends of Bosque del Apache and US Fish and Wildlife Service with videographer Steve Siegel
Sponsored by Friends of Bosque del Apache

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, including endangered and threatened species. Join Steve Siegel and USFWS for a virtual storytelling of the history and management of Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge.

Registration not required. This featured video will be added here to the schedule by 8 AM MST on Thursday. It will also be published to our Festival of the Cranes Facebook page at the time listed above. If you would like to ask questions after viewing the featured video, please go to our Facebook page and ask us in the comments. 

Field of Dreams

Video by Steve Siegel

39 Days
8:30 AM MST
Thursday, November 19th
Featured video by Nancy Merrill
Sponsored by The Colorado Crane Conservation Coalition

Sandhill cranes mate for life and their young will stay with them for up to ten months – even to their wintering grounds at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. This video filmed in the Yampa Valley of Colorado follows a sandhill crane pair and their colts from nesting to hatching to growth to migration.

Registration not required. This featured video will be added here to the schedule by 8 AM MST on Thursday. It will also be published to our Festival of the Cranes Facebook page at the time listed above. If you would like to ask questions after viewing the featured video, please go to our Facebook page and ask us in the comments. 

Learn more about the Colorado Crane Conservation Coalition

39 Days

By Nancy Merrill

Wide Angle to Telephoto Landscapes: Capturing the Essence of the Scene
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM MST
Thursday, November 19th
Live photography webinar with Kristen Ryan
Sponsored by Sigma

Compelling landscape imagery can be created with a full range of focal lengths. From the ultra-wide to the telephoto, the best focal length is the one that captures what draws your eye to the scene and makes you click the shutter. In this class, Kristen Ryan will go through her process for choosing a lens and focal length to best tell the story of a scene. Through descriptions and image examples, she will share how she uses her wide-angle and telephoto Sigma lenses to capture the beauty of the world.

Registration is required for this free live webinar.

Learn more about Sony and Kristen Ryan
How To Select And Properly Use The Right Gear For Bird Photography
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM MST
Thursday, November 19th

Live photography webinar with Scott Bourne
Sponsored by Olympus

Olympus Visionary Scott Bourne will discuss what gear he relies on in his job as a professional wildlife photographer and will cover everything from long lens technique to proper approaches to birds in flight and more.

Registration is required for this free live webinar.

Learn more about Olympus and Scott Bourne
Join the Virtual Expo Tent with Hunt’s Photo & Video
11:45 AM – 1:45 PM MST
Thursday, November 19th
Friday, November 20th
Saturday, November 21st

Need some tech questions answered? Not sure where to start? Pop into this Zoom meeting and ask the Hunt’s team. Registration not required. You can just pop in and pop out anytime between 11:45 AM – 1:45 PM MST daily.

Join the Virtual Expo Tent with Hunt’s Photo & Video
Birds of Prey: Introduction to the Deadly Beauty Series
1:00 PM MST
Thursday, November 19th

Featured video with Sandra Noll
Sponsored by Friends of Bosque del Apache

Species making up the family of Raptors, aka Birds of Prey include masters of the wind and soaring, a prominent national symbol, and the fastest creature on the planet. Sandra Noll weaves information, photography and story into an educational and entertaining overview of this family of birds. Created as an introduction to falconer Matt Mitchell’s live webinars (these will be at 1:00 PM MDT on Friday and Saturday) the program also stands on its own as an informative overview of the family of raptors.

Registration not required. This featured video will be added here to the schedule by 8 AM MST on Thursday. It will also be published to our Festival of the Cranes Facebook page at the time listed above. If you would like to ask questions after viewing the featured video, please go to our Facebook page and ask us in the comments. 

Birds of Prey: Introduction to the Deadly Beauty Series

Featured video with Sandra Noll

Approaching Landscape
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM MST
Thursday, November 19th

Live photography webinar with Christopher Gilbert
Sponsored by FujiFilm

In this class, Christopher Gilbert will expand upon the process of adding visual depth to your landscape photograph. Whether showing motion, adding foreground, or using natural means to draw attention to your focal point, you’ll be sure to walk away with a tip that will help you create a more dimensional image.

Registration is required for this free live webinar.

Learn more about FujiFilm and Christopher Gilbert
Crane Basics
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM MST
Thursday, November 19th

Live webinar with Sandra Noll and Erv Nichols
Sponsored by Friends of Bosque del Apache

When watching a group of sandhill cranes, did you ever wonder, “What’s up with those birds?” Crane Basics is your opportunity to make sense of crane biology and behavior and gain knowledge that will significantly enhance your crane watching experience. Explore into crane migration, family life, body language, and vocalizations through photographs, captivating video, and a bit of humor too in this live webinar!

Registration is required for this free live webinar.

Join the Virtual Expo Tent with Hunt’s Photo & Video
3:15 PM – 3:45 PM MST
Thursday, November 19th
Friday, November 20th
Saturday, November 21st
 

Need some tech questions answered? Not sure where to start? Pop into this Zoom meeting and ask the Hunt’s team. Registration not required. You can just pop in and pop out anytime between 3:15 PM – 3:45 PM MST daily.

Join the Virtual Expo Tent with Hunt’s Photo & Video
Friends of Bosque del Apache: Our Flyway, Our Refuge, Our Home
4:00 PM MST
Thursday, November 19th

Video by Friends of Bosque del Apache with videographer Christi Bode
Sponsored by Friends of Bosque del Apache

We explore Bosque del Apache and the surrounding area because of our love for wildlife and wild landscapes. We are a part of a community, a diverse and interesting community that includes the wildlife that live in the Socorro Valley or visit often. It also includes our passionate community of conservation groups and concerned citizens that care about the refuge, the Rio Grande, and continental flyways. In this featured video, we will learn more about the diverse community members and their perspectives on the Rio Grande, our local area, the birds that join us each year, and the importance of refuges to all life on our planet.

Registration not required. This featured video will be added here to the schedule by 8 AM MST on Thursday. It will also be published to our Festival of the Cranes Facebook page at the time listed above. If you would like to ask questions after viewing the featured video, please go to our Facebook page and ask us in the comments. 

Friends of the Bosque del Apache: Our Flyway, Our Refuge, Our Home

Video by Christi Bode

Mirrorless Cameras for Wildlife Photography
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM MST
Thursday, November 19th
Live photography webinar with Shiv Verma
Sponsored by Panasonic

The camera technology of the last several years has made wildlife, bird, and birds in flight photography easier than ever before. New digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) cameras have made action photography much easier than it was when the manual focus was the rule rather than the exception. Now Mirrorless cameras have entered the realm of nature, wildlife, and action photography. Shiv Verma will address the various features of Mirrorless cameras and how to set them up to obtain images that are at par with the best of DSLR’s. You will learn how to obtain tack sharp images, correct exposure, when and how to use auto focus and manual focus modes, flight shot techniques (both handheld and with a tripod), panning techniques, and much more.

Registration is required for this free live webinar.

Learn more about Panasonic and Shiv Verma
Evening Fly In
4:30 PM – 5:45 PM MST
Thursday, November 19th

Facebook Live with Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge Staff
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. 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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Creating Fantastic Images – Composition and Compositional Guidelines for Wildlife Photographers
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM MST
Thursday, November 19th

Live photography webinar with Hector Astorga
Sponsored by Sony

We do not take photographs; we create them!  Join us for a program on composition and compositional guidelines.  Hector Astorga will share what he looks for when he creates his images.  He will discuss and show examples of how to combine guidelines and elements to create amazing photographs.  This program will demonstrate how to start looking for compositions in the field and how to perfect them.

Registration is required for this free live webinar.

Learn more about Sony and Hector D. Astorga
Swag Social
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM MST
Thursday, November 19th

Live webinar with Friends of Bosque del Apache


Join Friends of Bosque del Apache for a fun night of showing off your Bosque del Apache Swag! Join us on Zoom for a quick welcome and fashion show!

You can show us your collection of mugs, apparel, pins or any Bosque del Apache memorabilia that you’ve collected!

Registration is required for this free live webinar.

Need more Bosque del Apache swag? Visit our Nature Store!
Friday, November 20th
Saturday, November 21st
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