Crane Cam

The Secrets of Nesting Sandhill Cranes Discovered Through a Livestream Camera

Saturday, September 4, 2021 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
  • Library Hall
Erin Gelling shares lessons from the Nest Cam

Masks are required to attend this live event in Library Hall.

Installing a livestream camera on a known Greater Sandhill Crane nest has its complications, but also its rewards. Learn what Colorado Crane Conservation Coalition discovered via the spring 2021 nest camera about what cranes do during nest building, incubation and hatching, and how cranes defend their nests against predators.

About the speaker

Erin Gelling

Erin Gelling is the Program Director for Colorado Crane Conservation Coalition and is completing her Master’s thesis working with greater sage-grouse after receiving her B.S. in Ecology. She has a strong background in avian ecology, botany, and environmental education having worked for non-profits, government, and universities. For over 14 years, she has worked with a variety of birds, including plovers, sparrows, shorebirds, sage-grouse and sandhill cranes across the U.S. She loves the outdoors, her two dogs and husband, and living in the beautiful Rocky Mountains.


About the Yampa Valley Crane Festival: Sept. 2-5, 2021

The Greater Sandhill Crane is an iconic species of the Yampa Valley. Returning in the spring, cranes nest and raise their young in wetland areas throughout the valley. In late summer and early fall, hundreds of cranes from the Rocky Mountain flock join the local birds to rest and feed before continuing their journey south. The Yampa Valley Crane Festival celebrates these iconic birds with daily crane viewings, expert speakers, films, art exhibits, workshops, family activities and more. Bud Werner Memorial Library is festival headquarters and the venue for many of these talks, films and events. Learn more about the 10th annual Yampa Valley Crane Festival.