Yampa Valley Crane Festival
September 2 - September 5
Enjoy Greater Sandhill Cranes during Labor Day weekend in the beautiful setting of Northwest Colorado! The 10th annual Yampa Valley Crane Festival takes place September 2-5, 2021 in Steamboat Springs and Hayden, Colorado and features the Rocky Mountain Greater Sandhill Cranes that breed and stage in the Yampa Valley. The festival presents favorite crane, bird and nature activities including a demonstration with live raptors and other live Colorado native species, bird art exhibits, workshops, documentary films and expert speakers.
The 2021 keynote speaker is Dr. Richard Beilfuss, President and CEO of the International Crane Foundation. Other featured speakers include Steve Burrows, award-winning Canadian 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 study published in Science magazine on the decline of North American birds. Paul Tebbel leads guided crane viewings and present a “Cranes 101” talk. Ted Floyd, editor of Birding magazine, leads the guided bird walks and offers a special presentation at The Nature Conservancy’s historic Carpenter Ranch. The complete schedule will be available June 1 at www.coloradocranes.org. Send questions to [email protected].