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Brief-Inaugural Yampa Valley Crane Festival

Inaugural Yampa Valley Crane Festival

Sunday, Sept. 16-19

All day event

Steamboat Springs and Hayden

Four days of free events surrounding the region’s magnificent Sand hill Cranes.

Sandhill Cranes are an iconic species of the Yampa Valley and Northwest Colorado. For years, a group of enthusiastic birders and nature lovers has gathered each fall at a small ranch near Hayden, Colorado, to watch the cranes – both the adults and their young – forage for food, dance in the fields, and practice flying in anticipation of their grand migration south to warmer wintering territory. The sights and sounds of these spectacular birds on their fall staging ground in the Yampa Valley led some to dream about an event in which locals and tourists would gather together to learn about this population of cranes and to celebrate their presence in Northwest Colorado.

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The festival will take place in Steamboat Springs and Hayden from September 16-19, and will feature crane viewing, expert speakers, films, family activities, a photography workshop, a crane art show, and more. All scheduled events are open to the public and free.

For a day-by-day schedule of festival events, go to http://www.coloradocranes.org.