We are celebrating 10 years of conserving Greater Sandhill Cranes and their habitat!
Colorado Gives Day: December 7
Help support our mission of conserving Greater Sandhill Cranes and their habitat!
You can schedule your donation starting Nov. 1.
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Check out this short video of our Yampa Valley Cranes from breeding through staging:
Conserving Greater Sandhill Cranes and their habitat through science and education.
The Greater Sandhill Crane is an iconic species of the Yampa Valley in Northwest Colorado. Returning in the spring from wintering grounds in New Mexico and Arizona, cranes nest and raise their young in wetland areas throughout the valley. At summer’s end during the peak of their stopover in the Yampa Valley, we present our annual crane festival. The purpose of the Yampa Valley Crane Festival is to educate the public about these ancient birds and to celebrate their presence in Northwest Colorado.
Aldo Leopold, the famous conservationist, wrote in a Sand County Almanac,
“Our appreciation for the crane grows with the slow unraveling of earthly history. His tribe, we now know, stems out of the remote Eocene. The other members of the fauna in which he originated are long since entombed within the hills. When we hear his call we hear no mere bird. We hear the trumpet in the orchestra of evolution. He is the symbol of our untamable past, of that incredible sweep of millennia which underlies and conditions the daily affairs of birds and men.”
Once you have heard the call of a crane, you will remember it forever.
This year we celebrated our 10th annual Yampa Valley Crane Festival!
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