Colorado Crane Conservation Coalition, Inc.

A nonprofit organization

Protect Sandhill Cranes and their habitat in Colorado! Colorado Crane Conservation Coalition (CCCC) offers science and education programs, including the Yampa Valley Crane Festival, a live-streaming Crane Nest Camera, Crops-for-Cranes projects, and crane contests for all ages. Please donate to support Sandhill Cranes and Colorado’s biodiversity!


"I support CCCC because they help conserve wetlands where cranes breed, which, in turn, helps conserve all the other animals, birds, and insects that live and breed in wetlands. Because of so much development going on in the valley we must preserve wetlands, not allowing them to be turned into parking lots, homes and businesses. Our beautiful Yampa Valley and the cranes MUST BE PRESERVED!" - Mimi Littman, CCCC Volunteer

"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.”- Jennie Lay, Adult Programs Coordinator, Bud Werner Library

"My charity of choice for Yampa Valley Gives is Colorado Crane Conservation Coalition. This organization is true to their mission: Conserving Rocky Mountain Greater Sandhill Cranes and their habitat through science and education. CCCC provides opportunities for all age groups to learn about and protect the Sandhill Crane population in the Yampa Valley. The educational component includes school visits, contests for school age kids, scholarships for continuing education, nest camera accessibility, booths at the Farmer’s Market and Yampatika Day, as well as presenting an annual fall Crane Festival. With sound science practices, the organization promotes habitat conservation and supports planting grain crops for cranes. Donations are critical to the organization’s success."  - Jo Smith, CCCC Volunteer

“Thank you for a truly fabulous festival. We really enjoyed the sessions we attended, and especially the early morning crane-viewing. We found the sessions informative and engaging, even after many years of regular attendance- always more to learn.” - Ann Dadson, Festival Attendee

"I just watched your (crane nest camera) video highlights. The footage of the interactions with the mink and the raccoon are AMAZING. This is the first time such happenings have been recorded and are of great scientific value. CONGRATULATIONS TO THE CRANES AND TO YOU FOR CAPTURING SUCH AMAZING SCENES." - George Archibald, Co-founder and Conservation Scientist for the International Crane Foundation

"It (the crane nest camera) has been an amazing journey. Even my 7 year old grandson was involved by sharing one of the videos with his science class. They all loved it, especially his teacher!" - Susan Morgan

"It is so great what CCCC is doing with its Crops for Cranes program- providing a reliable food source for cranes before their migration south. With agriculture decreasing in the Yampa Valley, this program really helps the cranes during a critical time." - Anonymous, CCCC Volunteer


Colorado Crane Conservation Coalition ("CCCC") conserves and protects the Rocky Mountain Population of Greater Sandhill Cranes and their habitat using science and education to connect people with this iconic species. CCCC is the collaborative leader in fostering long-term sustainability of the Rocky Mountain Population of Greater Sandhill Cranes.

Background Statement

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 its 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 a reliable food source to cranes prior to migration. CCCC is primarily a volunteer organization with one full-time and one part-time staff. Each year more than 80 volunteers give 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.

Organization Data


Organization name

Colorado Crane Conservation Coalition, Inc.

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Organization Size

Small Organization


40625 County Rd. 69 A
Hayden, CO 81639


40625 County Rd. 69A
Hayden, CO 81639

Service areas

Routt County, CO, US



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