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A 40th Anniversary Keynote from ICF

A 40th Anniversary Keynote from ICF ICF Co-Founder to share Lessons Learned From 50 Years of Crane Conservation Big anniversaries deserve to be celebrated in style. That’s why we are very excited to announce that for our 2023 keynote speaker, we will be hosting a speaker from an organization that is also celebrating a hallmark …

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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 it’s still spectacular. The best time to see the cranes is mid to late September and the first couple of weeks in October. The cranes …

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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 past four decades, we have grown from a small event, largely attended by SLV locals, to a thriving, three-day festival filled with tours, lectures, live …

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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 share of abuse to provide crane enthusiasts with the latest footage of bird activity on the Monte Vista Wildlife Refuge. In spring and fall, CraneCam …

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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 Tourism Office (CTO) to fund an enhanced marketing program. Matching Funds of $10,000 were added by the Rio Grande County Tourism Board and the Monte Vista …

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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 season and the warmer, sunny days of early summer, we thought it was a perfect time to reflect on the highlights of the 2022 Crane …

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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!