2017 Festival Schedule

Festival Schedule

(Tour Registration, Photography Registration, Keynote speaker, talks, and movie are first-come, first-served.)

Craft Fair, Ski Hi Building

Friday10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sunday9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Friday, March 10

EventLocationDescriptionNotes
(FULL) Photography WorkshopLocation to be announced upon registration.Learn bird photography from a professional in the field.Limited to 8. Preregistration required. Fee
7-9:30am Sandhill Crane Sunrise Tour Refuge bus tour to view cranes.Ski Hi BuildingRefuge bus tour to view Sandhill Cranes. Tour Registration Donation requested
FULL 10am-2pm Great Sand Dunes National Park TourSki Hi Building
Guided tour with a park ranger, learn about this unique environment. Bring lunch, water, warm clothing, and personal gear. Donation requested to cover travel costs.
FULL 4-6:30pm Sandhill Crane Tour Refuge bus tour to view Sandhill Cranes. Ski Hi BuildingView Sandhill Cranes heading to roost on the refuge.Donation Requested
7:30-9pm Movie: HOOT, rated PG.Vali 3 Theatre“Hoot” Rated PG. A group of children fight to save burrowing owls. Music by Jimmy Buffett. Suggested Donation: Adults $6, Children $4 (The tickets will be given on a first come, first served basis.)

Saturday, March 11

EventLocationDescriptionNotes
FULL - Photography WorkshopTo be announced upon registration.Learn from a professional.Limited to 8, preregistration only.
6-10 a.m.Birder’s Breakfast – Kiwanis ClubSki Hi BuildingEnjoy a community breakfast.Purchase Tickets at Event: Adults $6, Children $4
FULL -7-9:30a.m. Sandhill Crane Sunrise Tour Ski Hi BuildingRefuge bus tour to view Sandhill Cranes.Donation requested
FULL 10am-Noon Hawks Aloft Valley Raptor TourSki Hi BuildingLearn about and view local raptors.Donation requested
FULL 10am - 2pm Penitente Tour - Bureau of Land Management Limited to 40 people. Ski Hi Building Ski Hi BuildingUnique canyons, Native American/Spanish history and birds. Bring lunch and personal gear for a day in the field. Limited to 40. Donation requested to cover travel costs.
11am-Noon Talk: Elk On The Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge Brent Frankland Colorado Parks and Wildlife Vali 3 TheatreDonation Requested
1-2pm Talk: On Waterfowl and Water Rights: Cinnamon Teal in the San Luis Valley Casey Setash Colorado State University graduate studentVali 3 TheatreDonation requested
2-3pm Talk: Colorado Breeding Bird Atlas II Lynn Wickersham Vali 3 TheatreDonation Requested
3-4pm Talk: Birding in Ecuador Howard Browers U.S. Fish and Wildlife ServiceVali 3 TheatreDonation Requested
FULL 4-6:30pm Sandhill Crane Tour Ski Hi BuildingView Sandhill Cranes heading to roost on the refuge. Donation requested
7:30pm Key Note Speaker, RadeauxVali 3 TheatrePueblo artist Radeaux will present a program of images that spans a 40-year career of painting Colorado’s fauna. The program shows the development of his unique style and contains anecdotes about Colorado ornithology and natural history. Elements of the history of animal imagery from the dawn of man to 19th century quilt patterns of birds are part of his program. Donation requested

Sunday, March 12

(daylight savings time begins)

Note: Daylight Savings begins
EventLocationDescriptionNotes
FULL Photography WorkshopTo be announced upon registration.Learn from a professional Limited to 8, Preregistration only Photography Workshop Registration
FULL 8-10am Sandhill Crane Sunrise Tour Refuge bus tour to view cranes.Ski Hi BuildingRefuge bus tour to view Sandhill Cranes.Donation requested Tour Registration
FULL 10am-Noon Hawks Aloft Valley Raptor TourSki Hi BuildingLearn about and observe local raptors.Donation requested Tour Registration

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Photo Courtesy Ken Archer

For Craft Fair Vendor Info contact the Monte Vista Chamber of Commerce:

Go to here or chamber@monte-vista.org
or call 719-852-2731

Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge Info: 719-589-4021

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Photo Courtesy Ken Archer