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Yampa Valley Crane Festival

Screen shot 2015-04-17 at 4.42.49 PMWe are excited to bring you news of the fourth annual Yampa Valley Crane Festival, taking place September 10-14, 2015, in Steamboat Springs and Hayden, Colorado.

Here are some of the planned highlights for this year’s festival:

-Guided crane viewing led by our keynote speaker, wildlife biologist and crane expert Paul Tebbel. Paul will accompany you into the field to explain everything you’ve ever wanted to know about Greater Sandhill Cranes.
-A talk and bird walks led by Ted Floyd, birder extraordinaire and editor of the American Birding Association magazine, Birding
-A live raptor booth and “Birds of Prey” presentation by HawkQuest
-An outstanding photography exhibit by world-renowned nature photographer John Fielder
-A nature/bird walk on the Steamboat Ski Area led by local botanist Karen Vail
-Tours of a crane-friendly working ranch
-Birding-by-boat at Stagecoach Reservoir
-A barbecue and crane program at The Nature Conservancy’s Carpenter Ranch
-Workshops, children’s activities, films, educational displays and more!

The complete festival schedule will be posted on our website in early June. Preliminary festival information, as well as information on our new photo contest, is available on the website now. Registration will begin in July. Some activities have limited numbers, so plan to register early.

Wyndham Vacation Rentals will again be partnering with us to offer special lodging packages for festival attendees. A portion of money spent on lodging with Wyndham will go directly to benefit the Yampa Valley Crane Festival. Other benefits of staying with Wyndham include easy access to guided crane viewing shuttles and a complimentary, invitation-only breakfast with the keynote speaker. Check out the Wyndham lodging deals at or call 844-910-2733 for more information.

Thank you for your support of the cranes and the Yampa Valley Crane Festival. Be sure to follow us on Facebook. We look forward to seeing you at the fourth annual Yampa Valley Crane Festival this fall.

Nancy Merrill, President
Colorado Crane Conservation Coalition, Inc.


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