Protect Sandhill Cranes and their habitat in Colorado! CCCC offers science and education programs, including the Yampa Valley Crane Festival, a live-streaming Crane Nest Camera, Crops-for-Cranes projects, and crane forums for all ages. Please donate to support Sandhill Cranes and CO's biodiversity!
"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
"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
"The (2019) festival exceeded all my expectations! It was mind expanding and inspiring. There was so much to learn and love about cranes and the people and organizations committed to their conservation locally and in other regions of the world, truly a veritable mini conference with so many speakers and expert presentations. It is remarkable that programming was designed to appeal to all ages and interests. I was impressed with outreach to the community and the opportunity made available for persons to participate in amateur and professional photography/art contests. So many wonderful films! And of course the live birds were amazing."- Kate Fitzwilliams, International Crane Foundation development officer
"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!"
"This is a citizen-based conservation success story. Camera hunting is better than carcass hunting." - Nancie McCormish, adjunct professor of environmental sciences at CMC