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2022 39th Annual Monte Vista Crane Festival Featured Speakers

March 11 @ 7:00 am - March 20 @ 10:00 am

The Crane Festival presents out 2022 featured speakers and talks.

In 2022 we are not using buses or gathering indoors. So we asked our speakers who would usually be present in person, to record their presentations. You can watch the videos ON DEMAND for FREE from March 11 thru March 20th. We hope you enjoy it! There’s interesting information about wildlife use of abandoned mines along the Sangre de Christo Mountains, Flammulated Owls at the Hot Creek Research Natural Area in the San Luis Valley, and raptor education by Hawks Aloft. If you missed the 2021 Online Festival, we have the beautiful video of “Wildlife and Landscapes in the San Luis Valley” and “Cranes of the World” again. For more information on the festival and to give a donation visit https://mvcranefest.org/.Monte Vista Crane Festival

2022 Featured photographer, Arrow Myers.

Videos include:

“Wildlife visitation at abandoned mines in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of the San Luis Valley”

Abandoned mines in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of Colorado were monitored with trail cameras for three years documenting a wide range of carnivores and other wildlife visiting and entering the mines throughout the year.

Speaker Bio:

Tim Armstrong grew up in the midwest before serving in the US Navy. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from Mesa State College in Grand Junction and his Masters and Ph.D. in zoology from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. After teaching in Iowa for five years he returned to Colorado with his wife and two boys. He has taught vertebrate ecology at Adams State University for over 25 years and worked on local conservation issues, including serving as president of the Friends of the San Luis Valley National Wildlife Refuges for 20 years. He has traveled extensively around the world with his family, students, and members of the community.

“From the San Luis to Sierra Chincua: the movements of Flammulated Owls and what they teach us”

Dr. Scott Yanco

Scott Yanco is a Postdoctoral Associate with the Center for Biodiversity and Global Change and the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Yale University. His research focuses on animal movement and adaptations to environmental change, with a particular focus on bird migration.  In this talk, Scott will draw on ongoing research at the Hot Creek Research Natural area, perched on the western edge of the San Luis Valley. From summer fires to cold snowy winters, these tiny owls must cope with a harsh and ever-changing environment. Learn about the owls’ strategies for surviving these challenging conditions and the cutting-edge techniques scientists use to study them.

Links for more info: www.scottyanco.com https://mpyc.yale.edu

Owls of Colorado

Hawks Aloft, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization incorporated in 1994 and based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. https://www.hawksaloft.org/

We work to conserve indigenous wild birds and their habitats through avian research, conservation education, raptor rescue, and cooperation with other organizations.

We believe that this work helps to preserve New Mexico’s unique landscapes and wildlife populations for many generations to come.