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Early birds: Routt, Moffat County winners of first sandhill crane-sighting contest

Craig Press staff

Greater sandhill cranes walk through a field west of Steamboat Springs in 2015.

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

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Dorothy Brown was the winner for western Moffat County.
Colorado Crane Conservation Coalition/courtesy

West Moffat: Dorothy Brown, March 12, outside of Maybell.

Micheal Tucci was the first crane sighting contest winner for Craig.
Colorado Crane Conservation Coalition/courtesy

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.

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