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BIRDS SPECIES OF THE SAN LUIS VALLEY

The San Luis Valley had an abundance of birds for the spotting! Below are just a few of the species you can expect to see. If you're a bird enthusiast, check out the Monte Vista Wildlife Refuge or Alamosa Wildlife Refuge too. Happy bird watching!

Great Horned Owl
Great Horned
Owl

Magnificent Hummingbird
Magnificent Hummingbird

Rosebreasted Grosbeak
Rosebreasted Grosbeak

Red Tailed Hawk
Red Tailed
Hawk


Western Meadowlark
Western
Meadowlark


Bald Eagle
Bald
Eagle


Mountain Chickadee
Mountain
Chickadee


Female Rufous Hummingbird
Female Rufous Hummingbird


Male Rufous Hummingbird
Male Rufous Hummingbird


RedWingedBlackbird
Red Winged Blackbird
Blue Jay
Blue
Jay
Sandhill Crane
Sandhill
Crane
Crane Festival

ANNUAL CRANE FESTIVAL

Late in February, sandhill cranes begin their annual trek from south to north, stopping off near the Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge. Crane watchers come from across the country to see the sandhill cranes.

Wildlife experts, local naturalists and biologists present educational workshops while flocks of dancing sandhills assemble in the neighboring farm fields, just east of town. Bus tours to the nearby refuge and adjacent farmlands let visitors view this spectacle. Special tours feature raptor identification, sunset trips to view cranes and visits to closed areas of the refuge for Crane Fest participants.

The March festival also features are craft fair, dinner, entertainment, and pancake breakfast.

For more information on the Annual Crane Festival and for event details, visit: www.cranefest.com

 

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