Bosque Thanksgiving Buffet Invite & More

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Bosque Thanksgiving Buffet Invite

For the past ten years or so I have hosted a Thanksgiving Day midday meal, in part to honor the memory of my late-wife, Elaine Belsky Morris, and in part because I love meeting others who love Bosque as I do. At first it was held at the wonderful and relatively elegant Val Verde Steak House in Socorro, now defunct. Then it was held at the lovely and historic Luna Mansion. Luna Mansion closed a few years ago and recently re-opened but will no longer serves Thanksgiving Day. In 2009 we had fun and a fine meal at the Stage Door Grill but that wonderful little joint recently bit the dust also. Socorro is a tough place for businesses to survive. In 2010 we went a bit upscale and dined in the New Mexico Ballroom at the Hilton Albuquerque hotel. There was tons of food and it was all delicious.

The Hilton is now a Crowne Plaza and the good news is that they are having the buffet again this year. I will be picking up the tab for the IPT group, but as always, all visiting birders and photographers are invited to join us. If you would like to take part in the fun and camaraderie this year please send a check for $40.00 per person made out to “”Arthur Morris”” to cover the cost of the buffet that will include all the traditional items plus lots more as well as tax and tip. Drinks are on you. Please mark ““Thanksgiving Buffet” on your check and mail it to; BIRDS AS ART, PO Box 4041, Indian Lake Estates, FL 33855. Be sure to include your e-mail address on your check and in a short note. Sorry, no PayPals or credit cards. I do hope that you can join us.

I have group reservations for Thanksgiving Day (of course). Those joining us will need to be at the hotel at 11:30 am sharp. It is located at 1901 University Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87102, about an hour up I-25 from the Super 8 Motel in Socorro where I have stayed happily with my groups for well more than a decade. I do hope that you can join us.

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Bosque IPT Late Registration Discount Offer

With two recent cancellations, there is now a single spot available on the 2011 Bosque IPT. If you would like to join us, a $300 discount will be applied to your balance. Here are the basics:

BOSQUE del APACHE 2011 IPT: “The Complete Bosque Experience.” NOV 19-25, 2011.

Slide program on the evening of Friday, NOV 18. 7-FULL DAYS: $3299. (Non-refundable deposit: $500; see details below.) Limit: 10/Openings: 1. Co-leaders: Robert O’Toole & Jim Heupel. Geese, cranes, ducks, sunrises, sunsets, and blast-offs. Live, eat, and breathe photography with one of (if not the) world’s premier photographic educators at one of his very favorite locations on the planet. Plus great co-leaders and top-notch Photoshop instruction. Please see terms and deposit info below.

This will make 17 consecutive Novembers at Bosque for me. Nobody knows the place better than I do. Join us to learn to think like a pro, to recognize situations and to anticipate them based on the weather, especially the light and the wind direction. Every time we make a move we will let you know why. When you head home applying what you learned will prove to be invaluable.

With my ever-shrinking teaching schedule and all the specialty trips sold out, this trip may well represent a rare opportunity to learn from the best so do not wait too long before sending your deposit. Clemens van der Werf who was on last year’s Bosque trip is already registered for this year’s. If you missed the Photographer Experience Quiz and the Mystery Photographer & Experience Level Revealed! posts on the blog, you will surely want to check them out to see what Clemens accomplished in less than a single year of bird photography. And how!

The Bosque Site Guide

If you cannot make the IPT for whatever reason but are heading to Bosque this year it would be foolish to make the trip without our Bosque Site Guide whether this will be your first trip or your tenth. Everything that I’ve learn over the past sixteen years is revealed in detail: where to be on what wing and what weather and when to be there. Exactly what to do each morning depending on the wind direction and cloud cover (if any). I’ve seen leaders keep their groups on the Flight Deck for two to three hours wasting their time while we have moved six times during the same time span with fabulous results. In the Site Guide we teach you where to be when. And why.

Learn more and order your copy by scrolling down here.

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3 comments to Bosque Thanksgiving Buffet Invite & More

  • avatar Ben Sadd

    After seeing all the great images coming from Bosque and knowing that there will be a large group of good people there makes this hugely tempting. I really do hope that one day in the future I can make it to the US for one of these events or something similar. Unfortunately that will not be this year as I will be having an interview in this week.

    Hey Ben, It would be great to see you on this side of the pond. Even better, join us for the IPT one of these years. I plan on doing them for as long as I am on the right side of the grass. artie

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  • This is one I’d love to do, but I can’t leave my family of 19 over Thanksgiving. I always enjoy reading about it and seeing your images.

    Just invite them all to the Crowne Plaza; you would not even have to cook!