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FALL CRANE UPDATE

Fall is approaching, and so are the Sandhill Cranes. The cranes trickle into the valley in family groups. It’s not the large numbers at one time like the spring, but …

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A Fresh New Look

A fresh new look The monte vista crane festival celebrates 40 years with a brand new logo! 2023 marks the 40th anniversary of the Monte Vista Crane Festival. Over the …

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CraneCam1 braves the elements at the monte vista wildlife refuge

CraneCam1 braves the elements at the monte vista wildlife refuge It may not have to endure the same conditions as the Mars Rover’s ChemCam, but CraneCam1 still takes its fair …

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Lights, camera, action! MVCF gets a new video!

Lights, camera, action! MVCF gets a new video In November 2021 , the Friends of the San Luis Valley National Wildlife Refuges  was awarded a $28,000 grant by the Colorado …

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It’s A Wrap!

Looking Back at 2022 and ahead to our 40th anniversary As the end of May approaches and we are starting to look forward to the end of the windy spring …

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And they went North

April 5, 2022 update: The majority of the cranes have migrated north towards their nesting grounds. There might be a few still in the valley. Now we are seeing the …

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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!