The wintering cranes and geese of the Bosque del Apache shine in the Canon workshop

The wintering cranes and geese of the Bosque del Apache shine in the Canon workshop

Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico, home to an annual wildlife show of wintering sandhill cranes, snow geese and other birds, last December hosted a photography workshop organized by Canon USA, Inc. The Canon team live-streamed the event, which was hosted by Canon Explorer of Light and wildlife photographer Charles Glatzer and Canon technical specialist Kelly Anderson.

Canon’s technical experts positioned themselves at strategic locations throughout the shelter to film the annual show from as many angles as possible. Each November and December, more than 50,000 cranes and other birds migrate from as far away as Alaska and Siberia, landing at the refuge. Canon experts were on hand to share wildlife photography tips and tricks, while New York-based online experts answered questions about Canon gear in real time.

The free event offered a unique viewing experience for those just starting their wildlife photography journey and established photographers. Canon experts captured the action with a range of cameras, including the new EOS R3 mirrorless camera, as well as the EOS R5 camera, EOS R6 camera and RF lenses. Additionally, Canon broadcast the event live to over 1,700 registered viewers using four EOS C500 Mark II cameras and one EOS C300 Mark III cinema camera. The workshop was also shared live on Canon USA social media including YouTube, Facebook and Instagram with over 24,000 viewers.

The Bosque del Apache Refuge is an oasis in the desert, but it faces several challenges, such as a dwindling water supply from the Rio Grande and low federal funding. In response, Canon supports the Friends of Bosque del Apache advocacy group. And its subsidiary Canon Solutions America, Inc. supports similar efforts at Fresh Artists, a Philadelphia-based nonprofit, and its “Bird Brigade.” The project inspires students in grades 3-12 to stand up for birds at risk, introducing collision mitigation techniques to their families, neighbors and communities.

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For more information on how Friends of Bosque del Apache helps protect wildlife habitats in the refuge, please visit their website.

Click here to watch a live recording of the event. To learn more about some of the Canon gear used to capture the crane migration in New Mexico, watch these short videos featuring the Canon RF100-400mm F5.6-8 IS USM lens, as well as the Canon EOS R3 and RF400mm F2.8 L IS USM lens.

Below is a slideshow of several photos taken at the event by Rebecca Nichols, Senior Manager of Education and Field Engagement at Canon. You can follow Rebecca on Instagram @therebeccanichols.

Cranes and geese at daybreak

Cranes and geese at daybreak

Photo by Rebecca Nichols. Equipment: Canon EOS R6 camera and RF100-400mm F5.6-8 IS USM lens.

Source: Canon USA, Inc.

In 2002, our readers voted Bosque del Apache one of the top 15 places for birdwatching in the United States and Canada.