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Virtual Monte Vista Crane Festival

March 12 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm MST


The 2021 Monte Vista Crane Festival will be virtual in 2021.

The bus tours and large gathering have been canceled for the 2021 Crane Festival. Instead, from the comfort of your own home join us for beautiful videos, images, and interviews featuring twenty thousand Sandhill Cranes and the landscape of the San Luis Valley, Colorado. Our feature presentations are “Cranes of the World” by crane naturalist Sandra Noll and a spectacular slide show by professional photographer Ed MacKerrow. Included are short video productions about cranes, San Luis Valley water issues, and short interviews with refuge staff and local community members.

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Every year, like clockwork, nearly 20,000 Sandhill Cranes descend on Colorado’s scenic San Luis Valley for a six-week stopover to rest and refuel before continuing their northward spring migration. They perform a courtship dance leaping and bowing while raising and lowering their wings, and making a croaking sound to one another. Once a male and female bond they form a pair for life.

In 2022, join us in person again for photography workshops, interpreter-led bus tours to view the cranes, raptors, and places of interest. The festival is a collaborative effort between The Friends of the San Luis Valley National Wildlife Refuges (slvrefuges.org), The Monte Vista Chamber of Commerce, and the City of Monte Vista. A visit to the Monte Vista Crane Festival is an opportunity to see an amazing natural spectacle as well as experience a unique local community.

Deb Callahan


Monte Vista, Colorado
2389 Sherman Avenue
Monte Vista, CO United States
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