News & Updates

All the Crane Fest News Fit to Print

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.
Read More

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.
Read More
heron, bird, nature-4865878.jpg

Wetland habitat health

Wetlands provide essential habitats for a wide variety of bird species, including sandhill cranes, which rely on these ecosystems for nesting, foraging, and migration.
Read More
Cary Aloia

Here’s to the next 40 years

The 40th Anniversary of the MVCF was an overwhelming success. Here's to another 40 years of cranes, community, and conservation.
Read More

Hawks Aloft Returns

After a forced hiatus from recent crane festivals due to COVID restrictions, we are very pleased to announce that Hawks Aloft will once again be bringing their Avian Ambassadors to this year's Crane, Craft and Nature Fair.
Read More

A Pod of Cranes

Two new podcasts feature all the details about the 40th Anniversary of the Monte Vista Crane Festival and the premiere of the new short documentary "Where the Cranes Meet the Mountains."
Read More

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!