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San Luis Valley Water: A Community in Action

April is Earth Month, a time when we reflect on the impact we have on our planet and what that means for its future. In the San Luis Valley, April also marks the beginning of the irrigation season, bringing water to the forefront of our community’s consciousness. Here in this high desert, the importance of water and wetlands extends far beyond their role as a haven for the beloved sandhill cranes; they are vital for all valley residents, encompassing the plant, animal, and human populations that call this place home.

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Celebrating 40 Years of Cranes & Conservation

March in the San Luis Valley brings frequent snowfall, strong winds, and the annual return of the area’s oldest visitors—Sandhill Cranes. Although cranes have been migrating through the Valley’s wetlands for centuries, this year marks the 40th anniversary of the event dedicated to showcasing the majesty of the cranes and their habitat: The Monte Vista Crane Festival.

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