To advance the protection and conservation of Sandhill Cranes and their habitat in Colorado.
CCCC was formed in May 2012 as part of the community discussion regarding the hunting of Greater Sandhill Cranes in Northwest Colorado. Birdwatchers, nature-lovers, and other interested citizens were concerned that these migratory birds, designated as "endangered" by the State of Colorado in the 1970s and still listed by the state as a "Tier 1 Species of Concern," would decline in numbers and disappear from the area. Since the hunting proposal was withdrawn, CCCC has focused it efforts on raising crane awareness, educating the public about this iconic species, helping to protect crane habitat in a rapidly developing area of the state, and providing crops for cranes prior to migration. CCCC is primarily a volunteer organization. Each year more than 80 volunteers give of their time and energy to plan and manage the Yampa Valley Crane Festival and educational programs. CCCC relies on the generosity of volunteers, sponsors and private individuals to help maintain all of its programs.
"Crane consciousness is high in the Yampa Valley. There's no doubt in my mind that this is wholly because of the work of the Colorado Crane Conservation Coalition and the Yampa Valley Crane Festival. That crane consciousness continues to grow because of the festival's enticing crane curriculum that all third graders get in school. The kids educate their parents. It's also growing because the festival itself is irresistible. Everyone seems to find a nugget of a day or event that draws them in, whether it's via an angle on science, conservation, art or just straight-up engagement with live birds. I think our community feels a strong connection, a strong need to be active in their preservation." - Jennie Lay, Adult Programs Coordinator, Bud Werner Library
"Landowners around Hayden feel that the cranes are pretty cool. There has been a shift, even among ranchers. The festival has brought attention to the cranes that have perhaps been taken for granted all around Routt County." Jay Fetcher, Routt County rancher
"It was a great honor and an enormous pleasure in 2012 to participate in the first Yampa Valley Crane Festival. By reaching out to the general public and the resulting positive responses from the latter, the crane festival organizers (CCCC) are helping to protect cranes and their habitat. I was thrilled to return again as keynote speaker to the 2017 Yampa Valley Crane Festival!" - George Archibald, co-founder and senior conservation scientist of the International Crane Foundation
"The …Yampa Valley Crane Festival, sponsored by the Colorado Crane Conservation Coalition, is a family-friendly, four day event that will appeal to everyone from the professional birder to the casual wildlife watcher. It seeks to educate the public about cranes and to emphasize conservation of the special habitat that supports the cranes and the many other species of birds and wildlife in northwest Colorado." - John Azua, Denver Zoo's Curator of Birds and Yampa Valley Crane Festival speaker
"I've been to many crane festivals, and this is one of the best." - Paul Tebbel, former director of Audubon Rowe Sanctuary in Nebraska
"This is a citizen-based conservation success story. Camera hunting is better than carcass hunting." - Nancie McCormish, adjunct professor of environmental sciences at CMC
"For Doyle Moon, participating in Crops for Cranes and the Yampa Valley Crane Festival helps build a stronger community. 'You've got to keep doing these little projects to keep our little community in this valley rolling,' he said." - From article in Craig Daily Press, March 16, 2018