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Sandhill Cranes on ground and in air, Monte Vista

​​Monte Vista Crane Festival

March 13 - 15 in Monte Vista 

Monte Vista People watching cranes at Monte Vista NWR during Crane Festival 2003The festival hosts wildlife experts, local naturalists, and biologists who present educational workshops at the

​Monte Vista Middle S​​chool (workshops are free!), while flocks of dancing sandhills assemble in the neighboring farm fields, just east of town. Bus tours to the nearby refuge and adjacent farmlands provide visitors with the opportunity to view this spectacle up close and personal, with a knowledgeable local guide. Special tours feature raptor identification, sunset trips to view cranes, a visit to a local potato warehouse (with free potatoes) and visits to closed areas of the refuge for Crane Fest participants.

For a listing of scheduled workshops, registration information, and more, go to the festival's website​ or call 719/852-3552.

Events

Colorado Owl Festival
Friday, March 27

Note: This is a two day event March 27 - 28. Join the Nature & Raptor Center of Pueblo, Pueblo County Library District, Pueblo Zoo, Arkansas Valley Audobon Society and Mountain Park Environmental Center for a weekend of all things owl. Highlights of the weekend include live owl demonstrations, night hikes, special workshops and presentations by owl experts. Family activities include owl crafts, owl stories, an owl movie and an owl pellet dissection.

Karval Mountain Plover Festival
Friday, April 24

Come to this festival for a first-hand, guided experience to viewing shortgrass prairie wildlife, including mountain plovers, burrowing owls, and swift foxes. Fun for the whole family!

Outdoor Heritage Day - Palisade
Saturday, April 25

This FREE family event will provide kids and adults with an opportunity to explore the outdoors! Try your hand at fishing, archery or .22 shooting along with many other activities for you to try. You may even go home with some free prizes! Lunch is provided from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., first come, first served.

Pikes Peak Birding & Nature Festival
Friday, May 8

Note: ​This is a 3 day event, May 8 - 10. Spring migration in Colorado is often full of surprises so this festival promises to be a special event. Field trips, seminars, tours and events are happening throughout El Paso, Pueblo and Teller Counties. Registrants can visit working cattle ranches, observe bird banding demonstrations, enjoy a guided drive up Pikes Peak​, watch herding dogs in action, go behind the scenes at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and take a tour of the rarely seen John James Audubon artwork at the Fine Arts Center. Participants can also attend interesting workshops, seminars, a banquet with a keynote speaker and of course enjoy BIRDING!​

Pikes Peak Birding & Nature Festival
Saturday, May 9

Note: ​This is a 3 day event, May 8 - 10. Spring migration in Colorado is often full of surprises so this festival promises to be a special event. Field trips, seminars, tours and events are happening throughout El Paso, Pueblo and Teller Counties. Registrants can visit working cattle ranches, observe bird banding demonstrations, enjoy a guided drive up Pikes Peak​, watch herding dogs in action, go behind the scenes at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and take a tour of the rarely seen John James Audubon artwork at the Fine Arts Center. Participants can also attend interesting workshops, seminars, a banquet with a keynote speaker and of course enjoy BIRDING!​

Guided Bird Walk in North Cheyenne Canon Park
Saturday, May 9

Enjoy a guided hike through the forested area of North Cheyenne Canon Park. Canon birds include the Northern flicker, Steller's Jay, Black-capped Chickadee, Red-tailed Hawk, Spotted towhee, Broad-tailed Hummingbird and many more. Space is limited and preregistration is required. Visit www.pikespeakbirdingandnaturefestival.org to sign up.

Cheyenne Canon Hummingbird Experience
Saturday, May 9

The friends of Cheyenne Canon invite your entire family to the Starsmore Visitor and Nature Center for a day of hummingbird themed activities. Discover the secrets of the smallest birds in the world and become a "hummingbird expert."

Pikes Peak Birding & Nature Festival
Sunday, May 10

Note: ​This is a 3 day event, May 8 - 10. Spring migration in Colorado is often full of surprises so this festival promises to be a special event. Field trips, seminars, tours and events are happening throughout El Paso, Pueblo and Teller Counties. Registrants can visit working cattle ranches, observe bird banding demonstrations, enjoy a guided drive up Pikes Peak​, watch herding dogs in action, go behind the scenes at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and take a tour of the rarely seen John James Audubon artwork at the Fine Arts Center. Participants can also attend interesting workshops, seminars, a banquet with a keynote speaker and of course enjoy BIRDING!​

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