Please join us for the 6th annual Crane Festival. Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) highlighted events include:
Friday, September 1: Noon–12:45 p.m.
“Monitoring Breeding Greater Sandhill Cranes in Northwest Colorado” will be presented by Liza Rossi, Bird Conservation Coordinator, CPW, in Library Hall. The presentation includes what we know about the breeding population of the Rocky Mountain Greater Sandhill Crane in northwestern Colorado and some history, as well as, the current status of the species here in Colorado. She will briefly describe a recent CPW study to develop some new methods to monitor the Greater Sandhill Crane in the Yampa Valley.
Friday, September 1: 5:30-8:00 p.m.
Family activities, dessert, and crane viewing at the Yampavian Ranch in Hayden, CO. Adults must be accompanied by at least 1 child. Activities include educational games, a campfire sing-along, and craneviewing. Dessert and beverages provided. Please bring a camp chair.
**Advance registration and $5/person non-refundable fee required. Children 10 and under are free.**
Sunday, September 3: 11:00 a.m. – Noon & 12:15–1:15 p.m.
Owl pellet workshop for children in Library Hall. Find out what owls eat and how they process their food.
**FREE, but advance registration is required. Workshop is limited to 12 children (minimum age of 4 years) and accompanying adults. **
For speakers and workshop leaders, registration, accommodations, festival venues, a photo contest, crane viewing information and more, see the Colorado Crane Conservation Coalition website (note the 2017 Festival dropdown menu on the main horizontal navigation).
Amphitheater: Jeopardy in the Park Sunday, August 20
Test your knowledge on wildlife, geology, flowers, and animal facts with Naturalist Penny. Have fun while learning Mueller trivia. There will be prizes!
General Nature Hike: School Pond Wednesday, August 23
Join Naturalist Karleen in exploring all the beauty that the montane forest has to offer! If you are new to Colorado, just visiting, or looking to gain knowledge of basic wildlife, trees, and wildflowers, this is the hike for you! The sun is especially unforgiving at 9,000+ feet so be sure to wear sunscreen/hat, and bring plenty of water.
Hike: Elk MeadowThursday, August 24
Examine tracks and signs of the animals that live in Mueller State Park as you hike Elk Meadow with Naturalist Penny. This unique trail is a moderate 2 miles.
Hike: Turkey Cabin Overlook (west side)Friday, August 25
We will take the 7 mile route going straight out Black Bear into the Dome rock area. This is an out and back hike with nice views with Naturalist Cindi. Allow 4 hours. Bring plenty of water! Wear sunscreen/hat.
Hike: Cahill Loop Friday, August 25
Join Naturalists Jeremy and Sylvia on this moderate 2.5 mile hike, exploring the flora and fauna of Mueller all the way. Bring water and wear sunscreen.
Hike: Buffalo Rock Saturday, August 26
Join Naturalist Nancy for this beautiful 5 mile
hike through aspen and pine forest, meadows,
and see Cheesman Ranch and Cahill Cabin. Bring plenty of water and wear sunscreen/hat.
Amphitheater: Friends in the Night Saturday, August 26
Learn about the facts and myths surrounding the only flying mammal. They may have a face only their mother could love but they actually are very beneficial to man. Come and learn about these interesting creatures. Dress warm.
Sunday Morning BirdwalkSunday, August 27
Come take a peaceful morning hike with a park naturalist along the Grassland Trail! We'll look (and listen!) for summer resident birds along the easy, 1/2 mile trail. Meet at the information kiosk next to Heinricy parking lot southwest of the campground. Bring water, sunscreen, and good walking shoes. Free and no registration required.
& Mountain Goats
Deer & Elk
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