2021 Greater Sandhill Crane Education

Crane Video
Learn about the Greater Sandhill Cranes of Northwest Colorado and watch highlights from the hatch captured on this spring's Crane Nest Camera

A pair of Greater Sandhill Cranes nested on camera, right here in the Yampa Valley. Here are the highlights of their nesting and the hatch -- clips from the 24/7 Crane Cam footage!

Watch a recording of our interactive talk with the crane experts at Colorado Crane Conservation Coalition: Everything You Want to Know About Greater Sandhill Crane Nesting.

Enjoy a video for third graders, their families & all the Yampa Valley craniacs! As the host of the annual Yampa Valley Crane Festival, Bud Werner Memorial Library teamed up with the Colorado Crane Conservation Coalition to make an educational video about Greater Sandhill Cranes in the Yampa Valley. In non-COVID years, the region's third grade students get a live in-classroom presentation of this curriculum. We made this video for all the Northwest Colorado third graders and their families to enjoy at home, so together we can keep learning about these ancient and imposing birds that share our landscape. The 22-minute video is geared toward elementary school students, but appropriate for all ages.

Stream the video at the bottom of this page.

Additional curriculum for teachers!
We've created a worksheet to guide understanding of this video and of the cranes for your students. Download the worksheet here, and find notes to teachers about the worksheet here

2021 Crane Coloring Contest

Sandhill Crane coloring contest 2021
Design by artist Jill Bergman

Third graders and other young students typically participate in the Yampa Valley Crane Festival coloring contest during in-person classroom programs. The Library is partnering up once again with CCCC to help spread the word about this contest in 2021. Learn about the submission rules here...then download the blank 2021 Crane Coloring Contest design created by artist Jill Bergman, and start coloring!






The Greater Sandhill Crane Video

Produced by Colorado Crane Conservation Coalition & Bud Werner Library

Run Time: 

22 minutes