34th Annual Monte Vista Crane Festival
Fri, March 10 – Sun, March 12, 2017
The 34th Annual Monte Vista Crane Festival, an event celebrating spring's arrival of nearly 20,000 Sandhill Cranes in Colorado's scenic San Luis, is scheduled for March 10 - 12, 2017.
It might surprise folks to know that Sandhill Cranes weren't the original stars of Monte Vista's first crane festival in 1984. Whooping Cranes were because of a foster program in which scientists placed the crane's eggs in sandhill crane nests to boost their dwindling population. The program failed but wildlife lovers fell in love with the Sandhill Cranes, whose graceful courtship dance and daybreak liftoffs are nothing short of breathtaking.
Festival activities include crane viewing; bus tours to Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge; photography workshops; fieldtrips to see hawks, Penitente Canyon and Great Sand Dunes National Park; a craft & nature fair, birder's breakfast and birding movie; and a photo contest highlighting the Valley's nature.
The keynote speaker, artist Radeaux, will discuss his work illustrating bird images for The Second Colorado Breeding Bird Atlas, a project 10 years in the making.
For more information and event registration, visit the Monte Vista Crane Festival website at www.mvcranefest.org or call the Monte Vista Chamber of Commerce at 719-852-2731.Registration deadline is March 8, 2017. The deadline for photo contest submissions is February 15, 2017.