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Sandhill Crane Orientation Meet-ups (Free ticket required)

March 11 @ 12:00 am - March 13 @ 11:59 pm

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. The town of Monte Vista and the Friends of the San Luis Valley Refuges, host the festival.

The highlight of the festival is the opportunity for close-­up views of thousands of cranes at the Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge as they prance and display for each other, lift-off en masse in the mornings, and return to their roosting spots at sunset. In addition to the cranes, many Canada Geese and ducks visit the wetlands of this high-altitude desert framed by 14,000­-foot snow-­covered mountain peaks. Photographic possibilities are endless when these avian visitors fill the skies over the wildlife refuge.

You will drive yourself to a meet-up location and learn interesting facts about Sandhill Cranes from Refuge staff and volunteers.  You will view the cranes and then have the chance to ask experts about what you have seen.  PLEASE SIGN-UP FOR ONE MEET-UP FOR THE WEEKEND.  Limited space is available for the 2022 meet-ups due to FWS Covide guidelines.



March 11 @ 12:00 am
March 13 @ 11:59 pm


Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge
6120 Colorado 15
Monte Vista, CO 81144 United States
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