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Yampa Valley Crane Festival

September 3 - September 6

Most events are free; some events with limited attendance require pre-registration and a small fee.

Enjoy Greater Sandhill Cranes during Labor Day weekend in the beautiful setting of Northwest Colorado! The 9th annual Yampa Valley Crane Festival takes place September 3 – September 6, 2020 in Steamboat Springs and Hayden, CO. and features the Rocky Mountain Greater Sandhill Cranes that breed and stage in the Yampa Valley.

Dr. Richard Beilfuss, president and CEO of the International Crane Foundation is the keynote speaker. Other featured speakers include Steve Burrows, award-winning birder murder mystery writer, journalist, and past recipient of a “Nature Writer of the Year” award from BBC Wildlife, and Arvind Panjabi, avian conservation scientist for Bird Conservancy of the Rockies and coauthor of the recent study published in Science magazine on the decline of North American birds. Paul Tebbel leads guided crane viewings and presents a “Cranes 101” talk. Special guest, Yu Qian, director of the China program for the International Crane Foundation will give a presentation on“2020 the Year of the Cranes” in Asia. Ted Floyd, editor of Birding magazine, leads the guided bird walks and offers a special presentation at The Nature Conservancy’s historic Carpenter Ranch.

Other festival activities include nature walks, a crane-friendly ranch tour, documentary films, bird art, family activities, live raptors, workshops and more. The complete schedule will be available June 1 at Send questions to [email protected]


September 3
September 6
Most events are free; some events with limited attendance require pre-registration and a small fee.
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Nancy Merrill
(970) 276-1933


Bud Werner Memorial Library
1289 Lincoln Avenue
Steamboat Springs, CO United States
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