Past Festivals

2016 Crane Fest Summary
Friday, March 11 to Sunday, March 13

Tours

  • Sandhill Cranes Sunrise Tours –bus tour to view hundreds of Cranes: 7 a.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
  • Baca National Wildlife Refuge Tour — tour the 92,500 acre Baca NWR – a diverse combination of shrub-lands, grasslands, wet meadows, playa wetlands, and riparian areas.
  • Sandhill Crane Sunset Tours — view Sandhill Cranes heading to roost on the refuge.
  • Valley Raptor Tour –Hawks Aloft — Learn to identify various raptor species.
  • Blanca Wetlands Tour – Bureau of Land Management. Playa Lakes and Wetlands bus tour. Bring lunch and personal gear for a day in the field.
  • Penitente Canyon Tour – Bureau of Land Management. Visit this unique canyon rich in Native American and Spanish history and good birding in pinyon-juniper country.

The Big Year Rated PG. Cutthroat birding comedy starring Steve Martin, Jack Black, and Owen Wilson. Vali 3 Theatre

Other Events

  • Photography Workshops:
    Birder’s Breakfast – Kiwanis Club.
  • Workshop: Dr. Tim Armstrong, Adams State University. “The effects of grazing on small mammals on the Baca National Wildlife Refuge”
  • Workshop: Meg Van Ness, Archaeologisst, US Fish and Wildlife Service.“The Scott Miller archaeological site: 520,000 Tuesdays in the San Luis Valley”
  • Workshop: Gail Barber and Mike Fugagle, Hawks Aloft. “All about Owls”
  • Keynote Speaker, Jim Pfiftzer as Aldo Leopold. “A standard of change” A one-man, one-act play that captures the spirit of Aldo Leopold and delivers iconic conservation messages in a bold and unique way. Donation requested
  • Craft Fair: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

2015 Crane Fest Summary
Friday, March 13 to Sunday, March 14

Tours

  • Sandhill Cranes Sunrise Tours – bus tour to view hundreds of Cranes: 7 a.m. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Ski Hi Building. Donations requested.
  • Sandhill Crane Sunset Tours – View hundreds of Sandhill Cranes heading to roost on the refuge: 4:00 p.m Friday and Saturday. Ski Hi Building. Donations requested.
  • Valley Raptor Tour – Learn to identify various raptor species with guide by Hawks Aloft: 10: a.m. Saturday. Ski Hi Building. Donation Requested.
  • Blanca Wetlands Tour: Bureau of Land Management – Bring lunch and personal gear for a day in the field. 10 a.m. until 2 or 3 p.m. Ski Hi Building. Limited to 16 people.
  • Native Aquatic Species Hatchery Tour – visit the Alamosa, Colorado Parks & Wildlife Facility: 10 a.m. Ski Hi Building. Limited to 40 people. Donation Requested.

Movies

  • The Birds, an Alfred Hitchcock Classic: 7:30 p.m. Friday. Vali 3 Theater. Adults $6, Children $4.
  • Fly Away Home – relax while enjoying a fun and entertaining family movie: 1 p.m. Vali 3 Theater. Adults $6, Children $4.

Other Events

  • Birders’ Breakfast and Bus Tour: 6 – 10 a.m. Saturday. Ski Hi Building. Adults $6, Children $5.
  • Keynote Speaker Dr. George Archilbald of the International Crane Foundation — To the Heights with Cranes: Cranes of the Mountains: 7:30 p.m. Friday. Vali 3 Theater. Donation requested.
  • Jason Beason, Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory — Black Swift Research in Colorado.
    The “coolest” bird in Colorado. 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Vali 3 Theater. Donation requested.
  • Angie Krall, Heritage Program Manager, Rio Grande National Forest – Archaeology of the Baca. Discussion and Movie: 2:30 a.m. Saturday. Vali 3 Theater. Donation requested.
  • Craft Fair: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Friday, 6 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday, and 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Sunday. Ski Hi Building.