December 1-3, 2017
(invite others to join you)
Event Details –
Join us as 2 professional photographers- Lisa Langell and Cathy Illg, take you on various locations to capture all this refuge has to offer, from birds to scenic beauty, landscapes to macro subjects. Bosque del Apache is known for its bird concentration, especially Sandhill Cranes and Snow/Ross geese and ducks. Field trips will occur during the prime lighting hours in the morning and afternoons on Friday and Saturday. Our shooting time will wrap up on Sunday morning, then everyone will gather for a final farewell brunch.
About Bosque del Apache NWR-
Established in 1939 to provide a critical stopover for migrating waterfowl, the refuge is well known for the thousands of sandhill cranes, geese and other waterfowl that winter there each year. Situated between the Chupadera Mountains to the west and the San Pascual Mountains to the east, the 57,331-acre refuge harbors a wild stretch of the Rio Grande, a ribbon of cottonwood and willow trees visible on the landscape from distant mesas. Petroglyphs tell the story of an ancient people that lived and hunted here. The river and its diversity of wildlife have drawn humans to this area for at least 11,000 years when humans migrated along this corridor, sometimes settling to hunt, fish and farm. Artifacts and stone tools found nearby tell us that nomadic paleoindian hunters pursued herds of mammoth and bison in the valley.
Today, Bosque del Apache is part of the National Wildlife Refuge System, a national network of lands and waters set aside and managed for the benefit of wildlife, habitat and you.
What to Expect –
This tour is designed for anyone who is interested in improving their photography skills and receiving valuable coaching, as well as professionals interested in capturing images of this dramatic region. Participants will be divided into groups to ensure top shooting locations in the area. This tour is limited to 30 participants (We have additional leaders standing by if needed) to give time with each instructor and to retain flexibility based on weather and the best opportunities.
Just the Facts –
Date: December 1- 3, 2017 Check-in November 30 @ 6:00 p.m.
Cost: $395 NANPA member, $595 non-members (includes Sunday Brunch)
Location: Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, NM
Last date to register: November 20, 2017
Maximum number attendees: 30
Super 8 Socorro
1121 Frontage Rd NW
Socorro, NM 87801
Cut-off Date for Room Block: July 31, 2017 (or when block is full)
Rooms: $72/night (+tax) Double bed
NOTES: A block of rooms has been reserved under NANPA. Call the hotel to make reservations and mention NANPA Photography Group rate when registering. This room rate is not available online.
Lisa Langell – Lisa is a multi-award winning photographer from Scottsdale, Arizona. She is best known for her evocative images that create both a visual and emotional connection for the viewer. Lisa works to create not just a photograph but a moving experience with nature.
Lisa’s images have been published numerous magazines, newspapers, and other works, including Arizona Highways, Ranger Rick, Phoenix Home & Garden, Images Arizona, Arizona Wildlife Views, and many more. Her work has also earned honors and awards from the National Wildlife Federation, North American Nature Photography Association, Professional Photographer’s Association, Arizona Highways, and others. She is the founder of Picture It Clean (http://www.pictureitclean.org), a non-profit organization that mobilizes nature photographers and their friends to assist in trash cleanup events nationally.
As a photography instructor, she teaches classes and workshops locally, nationally, and online. Participants are drawn to her unique topics, locations and excursions, but especially for her helpful instruction provided in a vibrant, sincere, and supportive approach as they progress in their own journeys with photography
Cathy Illg – Cathy has been a full time nature photographer since 2000. Her work is widely published and includes numerous covers of magazines like Backpacker, National Geographic Kids, Ranger Rick and National Wildlife, as well as the Wildlife As Canon Sees It ad in National Geographic Magazine.
Several of her images decorate the tails of Frontier Airlines’ jets, and she has done well in photo contests, including Nature’s Best, Wildlife Photographer of the Year, and Bio Photo Contest. She collaborated with her husband, Gordon, on their first two books, Dynamic Wildlife Photography and Worshipping With A Camera, both of which have been well received. The two of them are co-owners and co-leaders for Adventure Photography Photo Tours, and for the past 17 years their livelihood has been dependent upon their ability to share the magic of wild things and wild places with other photographers.
Photo Locations –
Friday, Saturday and Sunday morning–The leaders will lead groups to different parts of the refuge in the early a.m. and again in the afternoon (Friday and Saturday only). Exactly where those three leaders will concentrate their efforts will depend on some extent to what the conditions are on the refuge at that time. The following locations will be visited each day.
North Crane Pond – a photographer can never get enough practice at flight photography but this is one of the best places in the world for it. Hundreds of cranes spend the night in this pond, it is the smaller of the two ponds and the cranes tend to be a little closer to the road but this changes each year depending on the amount of water in the pond. The hills behind the pond are a little lower than those behind the south pond. Due to changes in water management snow geese often join the cranes in the morning at this pond.
South Crane Pond – a photographer can never get enough practice at flight photography but this is one of the best places in the world for it. Hundreds of cranes spend the night in this pond, it is the larger of the two ponds and the cranes tend to be a little further from the road but this changes each year depending on the amount of water in the pond. The hills behind the pond are a little higher than those behind the north pond. Due to changes in water management snow geese often join the cranes in the morning at this pond.
Main Impoundment – there is nothing more breathtaking than seeing thousands of geese takeoff at sunrise; this is where it happens. Once the geese “blastoff” they either take off for the cornfields or settle back on the water providing more photography. The Snow/Roth geese often lounge in this impoundment during the day and all it takes is for a coyote or bald eagle to provide plenty of excitement.
Marsh Loop – this road take you around the south end of the refuge, you’ll see ducks galore, cranes, snow geese, road runners and raptors.
Farm Loop – this road takes you around the north end of the refuge, depending on what crops are planted, this is one of the places where the geese and Sandhill cranes spend the day feeding.
The Bernardo Waterfowl Area – is special as it contains a three (3) mile vehicle tour loop and three (3) elevated viewing and photography platforms. This is a great area for winter viewing of migrating birds. This area is located north of Socorro on Interstate 25, Exit 175. Together with the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge to the south, they feed half of the water birds that winter in the Middle Rio Grande Basin.
Basic 2017 Bosque del Apache Regional Event Schedule
(subject to change depending on weather, etc.)
Friday Group 1– 5:30 a.m. until 10:00 – North Crane pond
Friday Group 2– 5:30 a.m. until 10:00 – Main Impoundment (Flight Deck area)
Friday Group 1– 12:30 p.m. Farm loop and Marsh loop
Friday Group 2– 12:30 p.m. Marsh loop and Farm loop
Friday Group 1– 3:30 p.m. until sunset – North Crane pond
Friday Group 2– 3:30 p.m. until sunset – South Crane pond
Saturday Group 1– 5:30 a.m. until 10:00 – Main Impoundment (Flight Deck area)
Saturday Group 2– 5:30 a.m. until 10:00 – North Crane pond
Saturday Group 1– 12:30 p.m. Bernardo Wildlife Area
Saturday Group 2– 12:30 p.m. Bernardo Wildlife Area
Saturday Group 1– 3:30 p.m. until sunset – North Crane pond
Saturday Group 2– 3:30 p.m. until sunset – South Crane pond
Sunday Group 1– 5:30 a.m. until 10:00 – South Crane pond
Sunday Group 2– 5:30 a.m. until 10:00 – North Crane pond
Sunday Group brunch–11:00 together included in registration fee.
Meals: all meals are on your own except Sunday brunch/lunch, which is included in the event registration fee. Attendees are encouraged to eat together with their groups as part of the overall experience.
Transportation: is on your own. We will be based at the Super 8 in Socorro, NM.