Early birds: Routt, Moffat County winners of first sandhill crane-sighting contest
Craig Press staff
Greater Sandhill cranes were slow to return to the valley this spring, said Colorado Crane Conservation Coalition, which sponsored an annual competition to document the first sighting of the birds in their return migration to breeding grounds in Northwest Colorado.
Despite the birds’ delay the organization eventually received more than 50 sightings of cranes submitted from all over the Yampa Valley.
Winners of the 2019 annual first crane sighting contest
(Category, person, date, and location of sighting)
Grand prize winner: Robert Bruchez, March 11, Routt County Road 70
West Moffat: Dorothy Brown, March 12, outside of Maybell.
Craig: Michael Tucci, March 12, in Craig by the water plant
West Routt: Selina Kostur, March 13, Routt County Road 80
Steamboat Springs: Chris Becea, March 20, Steamboat II subdivision
North Routt: Jonathan Gibson, March 26, Routt County Road 54
South Routt: Rebecca de Boer, March 28, Catamount Touring Center
The complete results of the First Crane Sighting Contest, with photos and videos, will be available on the CCCC website http://www.coloradocranes.org at the end of April.