Bosque Del Apache Excursion
Bosque del Apache sits along the Rio Grande in New Mexico. Once a marshland, vital to migratory birds, its rich soil was converted to farmland. Once again, it is being allowed to flood and attracts tens-of-thousands of migratory birds.
Bosque del Apache in the fall is one of the great wildlife spectacles in North America. Each morning flocks of thousands of snow geese take of on-mass from marshes, backed by beautiful New Mexico sunrises and rugged mountains. Thousands of Sandhills cranes roost alongside them, and take flight in smaller groups.
The area is filled with birds: snow geese, sandhills cranes, bald eagles, various ducks, canadian geese, northern harriers, song birds, wild turkey, road runners and various egrets and herons. Besides the bird life, you will possibly see the predators that stalk them, including wild bobcat.
If you love birds, sunrises, sunsets or nature, this is a great workshop for you.
Each morning of the workshop we will gather at the gate of the refuge at around 6AM. Birds are unpredictable, but we will proceed to one of the likely overnight roosting locations for the Snow Geese or Sandhills cranes for a dawn blast off opportunity. After that, the group will seek other morning opportunities.
The workshop will break for mid day around 9AM. Students are welcome to continue to make photos, return to the hotel and download cards and nap, or anything else. The workshop will resume at 2:30PM for sunset photos of the birds.
We will be shooting within feet of our vehicles in most cases so mobility is not a primary issue.
Pre-Workshop Facebook Live
Andrew will conduct a pre-workshop facebook live two weeks prior to the workshop to help everyone prep for the trip. He will answer questions and discuss what to expect. Participants will receive an invite via email with instructions.
Getting There & Around
Bosque del Apache is in New Mexico along the Rio Grande. The nearest town of any size (with lodging, etc) is Socorro, NM which is where the group hotel is.
Driving from Austin takes about 11 hours. Flights are available to and from Albuquerque, NM, which is approximately 1 hours from Socorro or Las Cruces, NM which is approximately 2 hours away by car.
Participants will need vehicles. Due to the permitting requirements, the instructor can not transport attendees.
Camera & Lenses
• Super Telephoto is recommended. Minimum 500mm on FX, 300mm on DX/APSC and 200mm on M43.
• Battery Chargers
• Laptop for Downloading (optional)
Other Things to Do in the Area
VLA - Very Large Array - This very large synthetic aperture radio telescope is located just west of Socorro (about 1 hour). It’s worth a visit for science/space fans.
White Sands National Monuments - White Sands is about two and half hours south of Socorro and only a little out of the way if you are driving from Austin (in west TX terms anyway). An afternoon is enough to get a taste. Bear in mind that the park is only open from approximately sunrise until sunset.
Carlsbad Caverns National Park - Carlsbad Caverns is located about four and a half south of Socorro, on the NM-TX border. If you are driving it makes a nice stop over that is only a little out of the way (in west TX terms anyway). Carlsbad allows self guided tours and tripods. It’s a great location to practice a little long exposure, light painting and other dark fun. Plan on at least 3 hours, and easily more if you like to explore and make lots of photos.
Guadalupe Mountains National Park - Guadalupe Mountains is a hidden gem in Texas, our second National Park. Located directly across the border from Carslbad Caverns (and in the same geological formation), Guadalupe Mountains is a wilderness park. There are a few worthwhile car accessible viewpoints, but to really experience the park, set aside a half to full day to hike. I recommend McKittrick Canyon but there are many other day hikes available.
Please review our class/event cancellation policy below.
Class & Event Cancellations
Excursions- Big Bend Classes, Joshua Tree, Padre Island, etc.
You have up until 30 days before an excursion to cancel and receive a full refund. We will retain 10 percent of the registration to cover non-refundable costs for the high amount of resources required for each excursion. If you do not show up for an excursion, your registration will be forfeited and you will not be permitted a refund of any amount or to reschedule.
How to Reschedule or Cancel a Class
Please contact the store at 512-467-7676 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to cancel a class. Class cancellations or requests to be rescheduled that are sent through other channels, such as Facebook or Meetup.com messages, will not be honored. Please note that class refunds are only issued during business hours, Monday through Friday.
Each class needs a minimum number of students to enroll before the class can “make.” If the minimum enrollment has not been met two business days before the class begins, the class will be cancelled. All students who enrolled in the class will be notified by telephone or email, and may transfer to a different class or be issued a refund (see refund procedure). We encourage all students to enroll as soon as registration begins. Please check your phone and email messages, including your SPAM.
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