Crane Festival

The weekend of March 8th through the 10th will be the Crane Festival.

All events for the Crane Festival are donation requested.  

Movie: Turtle: The Incredible Journey

Friday 7:30 pm

Narrated by Oscar-nominated, Miranda Richardson TURTLE: THE INCREDIBLE JOURNEY tells the story of a little loggerhead turtle, as she follows in the path of her ancestors on one of the most extraordinary journeys in the natural world.

Born on a beach in Florida, she rides the Gulf Stream up towards the Arctic and ultimately swims around the entire North Atlantic across to Africa and back to the beach where she was born. But the odds are stacked against her; just one in ten thousand turtles survive the journey.

Movie: Green Fire

Saturday 11:00 am to 12:30 pm Vali 3 Theatre (Donation requested)

Green Fire, the first full-length (90 min.), high definition documentary film ever made about legendary conservationist Aldo Leopold.  The film explores Aldo Leopold’s life in the early part of the twentieth century and the many ways his land ethic idea continues to be applied all over the world today.

Cranes, Conservation, and Celebrations – Saturday 1:00pm – 2:00pm Vali 3 Theatre (Donation requested)

The talk will review the life story of the sandhill crane, emphasizing behavior.  It will talk to the importance of conservation to sandhill cranes and sandhill cranes to conservation and will end with a discussion of the importance of celebrations like the Monte Vista Crane festival to both cranes and their conservation.

Who Am I?  I graduated from Colorado State University with a BS and MS in wildlife biology.  I worked for then-Colorado Division of Wildlife, now Colorado Parks and Wildlife for 35 years; serving first as a big game researcher and later as Mammals Research Leader.  I have had a lifelong interest in wildlife and in wildlife photography since I was 11 years old.  Beginning in 2004 I combined my interest in wildlife with my interest in photography and began writing stories about wildlife and how they make a living in a challenging world.  Most of those stories have been published in Colorado Outdoors magazine.

Saturday 3-4pm Talk: 3D tour of San Luis Valley Geology – Vali 3 Theatre (Donation requested)

The San Luis Valley is an unusual place that becomes more interesting as one learns about it. Its features from the broad flat floor to the drastically different mountains surrounding it are all the result of different geologic forces that act upon the area. Thanks to a 2011 laser mapping project by the US Geological Survey, we now have a very accurate topography of the San Luis Valley to show the 3-dimensional evidence of these forces. So come learn about how the San Luis Valley formed and the next time you look upon it, you’ll know the story behind the scenery.

Keynote Talk Saturday 7:00 pm – Vali 3 Theatre (Donation requested)

Join Erv Nichols and Sandra Noll on their six-month journey following Sandhill Crane migration including wintering grounds in New Mexico,  a mass staging area along Nebraska’s Plate River and breeding grounds in Alaska including encounters with other interesting wildlife along the way. Facts and photographs are woven into an entertaining tapestry of their journey and relationship with this remarkable bird.

Prices & Showtimes

Adults: $6
Seniors: $5
Kids: $4

Movies are usually shown on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

Coming Soon – Subject to Change

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