2017 Crane Festival – Brief Summary
2017 Festival Activities
- Daily guided sunrise and sunset crane viewing sessions
- Crane Coloring Contest Award Ceremony for elementary students
- Educational displays about cranes and their habitat on display throughout the festival
- Spirit Wind Aerial Arts – crane-inspired flying dancers
- Nature-writing workshop with author Ellen Bonnifield
- Wildlife Photography Workshop taught by Abby Jensen
- Wine and cheese reception and gallery show
- Sketch-A-Crane/Sketch-A-Raptor workshop with professional artist, Chula Beauregard
- Story-telling in Children’s Story Time Room
- Guided birding by pontoon boat at Lake Catamount with Tom and Linda Litteral
- Birding at Yampa River Botanic Park with Ted and Andrew Floyd
- First Friday Art Walk in downtown Steamboat Springs
- Crane Yoga
- The Broad Band live music performance
- Guided bird walks with Ted Floyd, editor of Birding magazine, and Yampa Valley Birding Club
- Guided bird walks with Joel Such, staff member of Bird Conservancy of the Rockies, and Yampa Valley Birding Club
- Gondola ride and a guided nature/bird walk led by botanist Karen Vail on the Steamboat Ski Area
- Historic Carpenter Ranch homestead tour led by Betsy Blakeslee, TNC’s Facilities Manager
- Picnic dinner at The Nature Conservancy’s historic Carpenter Ranch in Hayden including a talk by Birding editor, Ted Floyd, and followed by sunset guided crane viewing
- Crane yard art display and silent auction on the Library Lawn
- HawkQuest’s Live Raptor Booth on the Library Lawn
- “Birds of Prey”, presented by HawkQuest’s Kin Quitugua in Library Hall
- Owl pellet workshop for kids, find out what owls eat and how they process their food
- Photography Contest award presentation in Library Hall
2017 Festival Speakers
- Keynote Speaker, Dr. George Archibald- Co-Founder and Senior Conservationist of the International Crane Foundation in Library Hall. Talk followed by sale and signing of Dr. Archibald’s new book, “My Life with Cranes.”
- John Azua- Denver Zoo’s Curator of Birds: Denver Zoo’s Crane Conservation Efforts
- Liza Rossi- Bird Conservation Coordinator for Colorado Parks and Wildlife: Monitoring Breeding Greater Sandhill Cranes in Northwest Colorado
- Sandra Noll and Erv Nichols- naturalists/photographers/interpreters: Migrating with Sandhill Cranes
- Joan Hoffmann- artist: The Art of Landscape
2017 Festival Films
- Cranes of the Rockies: focused on the Rocky Mountain Population of Greater Sandhill Cranes and was produced by Colorado videographer Michael Bennett.
- The Eagle Huntress: the story of a 13-year-old Kazakh girl from Mongolia who attempts to become the first female eagle hunter to compete in the eagle festival in Ulgii, Mongolia.
- From Billions to None: follows author Joel Greenberg as he reveals the compelling story of the passenger pigeon extinction, and the striking relevance of the bird’s demise to conservation issues.
- For the Love of Cranes: Nina Faust points her camera not only at the magnificent birds, but also the people in Homer, Alaska who live with cranes in their own backyards. Bridging the connection of wildlife and art, Faust profiles the artists whose creations are inspired by Sandhill Cranes.
2017 Festival Sponsors and Partners
Abby Jensen Photography, Alpine Lumber, Bud Werner Memorial Library, Ciao Gelato, City of Steamboat Springs, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Resort Lodging Company, Bird Conservancy of the Rockies, Pine Moon Fine Art, Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, Gerhard Assenmacher Photography, Steve Cobb, Paul King, Ann Dadson & Robert Larkin, Honey Stinger, Lone Oak Studio, Mogils on the Mountain Photoshop, PhotoGraphicsArt, Post Net, Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation, The Nature Conservancy, KT Law, U.S. Forest Service, Marabou, Steamboat Springs Art Council, Steamboat Ace Hardware, Steamboat Lumber, Yampa Valley Birding Club, YVEA: Operation Round-Up, Yampa Valley Land Trust, Yampatika
The sixth annual Yampa Valley Crane Festival was held August 31 – September 3, 2017 in Steamboat Springs and Hayden, Colorado.