PHOTO: Steamboat teen wins 1st crane sighting contest |

PHOTO: Steamboat teen wins 1st crane sighting contest

Steamboat Springs High School freshman Noah Brinkman, pictured above, has won the Colorado Crane Conservation Coalition’s first crane sighting contest. The sighting took place March 13 near Hayden on Routt County Road 70. Noah, 15, is an avid birder and wildlife photographer. In addition to the grand prize for the very first crane seen and documented in the Yampa Valley, the contest awards a prize to each individual with the photo or video of the earliest sighting in West Routt, North Routt, South Routt, Steamboat Springs, Craig and West Moffat. Those winners include: Kathy Simpson, West Moffat, on March 14 at her ranch about 10 miles North of Craig; Joey Chadwick, Craig, on March 13, east of Loudy-Simpson Park in Craig; Cheryl Jensen, West Routt, on March 16 along U.S. Highway 40 west of Yampa River State Park; Patrick Stanko, Steamboat Springs, on March 21 at his ranch just west of Steamboat; and Adam Fernley, South Routt, on March 30 on Colorado Highway 131 near Catamount. (Courtesy photo)

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