New Mexico
Photographing the Sandhill Cranes and Snow Geese of Bosque del Apache
Come to Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge to observe stunning bird species in their winter habitat and join an expert nature photographer to learn how to take the perfect shot.
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Program No. 19339QJH
5 days
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At a Glance

Hone your photography skills in the heart of the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. Learn in the field from an expert nature photographer how to capture elusive species on camera and study the etiquette followed by true enthusiasts. From the best spots, observe Sandhill Cranes, Snowgeese and other waterfowl as they “fly out” at sunrise and “fly in” at sunset. Personalized instruction on an array of photo techniques and equipment enhances opportunities to snap shots of numerous birds and other wildlife.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walk one mile daily with camera and gear. Van transfers throughout. Be prepared to stand in cold, windy weather during sunrise/sunset photo shoots. Elevations of 4,500-6,000 feet.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Benefit from daily critiques by our professional photographers.
  • Use early morning and evening light to capture memorable wildlife shots, including the unforgettable sunset "fly in" and dawn "fly out."
  • Witness "puffs" of thousands of Snow Geese rising into the air.

General Notes

Digital camera, memory cards, extra batteries required; tripod, laptop recommended. Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
Featured Expert
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William J. Bertschy
Bill Bertschy is president of the Mountains and Plains Institute for Lifelong Learning and Service, founded in July of 2008. The Institute organizes and manages a variety of educational travel and service programs, working with organizations including Rocky Mountain Nature Association, Road Scholar, and others. Bill retired in 2008 after 35 years serving as the director of the Pingree Park Campus of Colorado State University. Bill received a PH.D. from the University of Northern Colorado in Higher Education Administration. He also received a M.Ed. and B.S. from Colorado State University. He belongs to several professional organizations and serves on two non-profit Boards of Directors including the Poudre Heritage Alliance. He served 1997-2005 on the Fort Collins City Council, and was Mayor Pro-Tem. Bill has traveled extensively worldwide and has led educational travel groups of students and others to Mexico and East Africa, most recently completing a service project in Tanzania that provided fresh water to a primary school serving 400 students. He has lived in Fort Collins for most of his life and is a native of Colorado.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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