Live raptors at the library during Crane Festival |

Live raptors at the library during Crane Festival

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — A bald eagle, peregrine falcon, harris hawk, barn owl and great-horned owl will take up residence at Bud Werner Memorial Library in honor of the Yampa Valley Crane Festival. This opportunity is part of the nonprofit HawkQuest environmental organization’s efforts to educate awareness through birds of prey.

A booth to visit closely with the raptors and their knowledgeable caretakers will be on the library lawn, outside the storytime room, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1. Visiting with the birds is free.

If you go

What: Live raptors
When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1
Where: Bud Werner Memorial Library lawn

What: Sketch-a-bird
When: 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 1
Where: Library Hall, Bud Werner Memorial Library

What: Birds of Prey talk
When: 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2
Where: Library Hall, Bud Werner Memorial Library

In addition, a free, 1.5-hour sketch-a-bird session with local artist Chula Beauregard starts at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 1 in Library Hall and outdoors on the library lawn. The live raptors will model along with Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s crane taxidermy. The library will provide basic sketching supplies for the workshop.

On Sunday, Sept. 2, before the free concert at Howelsen Hill, HawkQuest founder, master falconer and longtime environmental educator Kin Quitugua gives a free all-ages talk at 1:30 p.m. in Library Hall. “Birds of Prey” is a community talk illuminating the importance of various raptor species, their specially-adapted tools and their roles in our ecosystems. With the live birds in attendance, observe the unique tools of the owl, the incredible talons and wingspan of the eagle and the precision flying of the hawk as it free-flies inside Library Hall.

The Yampa Valley Crane Festival runs Thursday, Aug. 30, to Sunday, Sept. 2, and festival headquarters are at the library. Visit for the full festival schedule.

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