6th annual Yampa Valley Crane Festival kicks off today with aerialists and kids events
August 30, 2017
The sixth annual Yampa Valley Crane Festival kicks off today in Library Hall at Bud Werner Memorial Library.
The first events slated for the festival include educational crane displays from 4 to 8 p.m. outside Library Hall, followed by a performance by the Spirit Wind Aerial Arts dancers, led by local aerialist Heidi Miller. The group will perform elegant high-flying dance in the hammock and silks, suspended high above the library lawn.
Activities for children include a storytelling event from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the library’s Children's Storytime room and the children's crane coloring contest award ceremony at 6:30 p.m. in Library Hall. The awards will be followed immediately by a screening of the film, "The Eagle Huntress," a 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.
The festival, which will continue through Sunday, celebrates the majestic greater sandhill cranes as they migrate through the Yampa Valley and features guided crane viewings, nature and bird walks, expert speakers, films, bird art, workshops, children's activities, live raptors presented by HawkQuest, ranch tours, a community picnic at The Nature Conservancy's Carpenter Ranch and more.
Nancy Merrill, an event organizer and president of the Colorado Crane Conservation Coalition, said there are still slots open for the events that require pre-registration.
Those events included the following.
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- Guided Crane Viewings and Bird Walks:
Friday, Sept. 1 | 5:30 to 9 a.m.| Departing The Lodge at Steamboat
Saturday, Sept. 2 | 5:30 to 9 a.m. | Departing The Lodge at Steamboat
Sunday, Sept. 3 | 5:30 to 9 a.m. | Departing The Lodge at Steamboat
- Birding by Pontoon Boat
Friday, Sept. 1 | 8:15 a.m. to noon | Lake Catamount
- Nature Writing Workshop with author Ellen Bonnifield
Friday, Sept. 1 | 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. | Library Conference Room
- Wildlife Photography Workshop with professional photographer Abby Jensen
Saturday, Sept. 2 | 9 to 10:30 a.m. | Library Conference Room
- Reception and Gallery Show
Saturday, Sept. 2 | 3:30 to 5 p.m. | Pine Moon Fine Art Gallery
- Community Picnic and Guided Crane Viewing
Saturday. Sept. 2 | 4:30 to 8:45 p.m. | The Nature Conservancy's Carpenter Ranch
Bring your own picnic.
Those interested can still register for these events by calling Ashley Steed at 603-913-3150 between 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. or by going to the festival information desk, which is open from 3 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday; 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday; and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The desk will be located outside Library Hall.