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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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NR: Monte Vista Crane Festival Celebrates 41 Years of Avian Majesty

The Monte Vista Crane Festival, Colorado’s premier birding event, is thrilled to announce its 41st annual celebration, set to take place from March 8-10, 2024.
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2024 Crane Fest Special Tours: sneak peek

It's time for another 2024 festival update! Today we will give you a sneak peek of the special tours we have lined up for this year.
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2024 Crane Fest speakers: sneak peek

It's time for our first 2024 festival update! Today we will give you a sneak peek at the amazing speakers we have lined up for this year's festival.
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Kids Crane Fest Quest Celebrates Sandhill Cranes

The Friends of the San Luis Valley National Wildlife Refuges is excited to announce the Kids Crane Fest Quest, taking place from October 8-14, 2023, during National Wildlife Refuge Week.
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The Lasting Impact of Sandhill Cranes

We wanted to share an email we recently received from one of our donors, Robert Krattli. Robert’s story is indicative of the generational relevance of the San Luis Valley’s Sandhill Crane migration, and the lasting impact of the Monte Vista Crane Festival.
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Join us in supporting the refuge & keeping our festival running strong

Donating to or joining the Friends of the San Luis Valley Refuges will help keep the Monte Vista Crane Festival returning year after year like the Sandhill Cranes!