Red Tailed Hawk

Talon Talk with Nature's Educators

Sunday, September 4, 2022 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
  • Library Hall
An interactive talk for all ages — with live birds! — during the 11th annual Yampa Valley Crane Festival

Join wildlife professionals for a dive into the characteristics that define raptors and why they are important to our ecosystems. Along the way, you'll discover the various types of birds of prey found all over the world, understand what it takes to care for a bird of prey, and learn how Nature’s Educators is permitted to keep raptors. You will learn about the raptors' personal histories, anatomy, hunting strategies and habitats, with live birds on stage for demonstration.

About Nature's Educators

Uni Barrientos

Uni Barrientos presents for Nature’s Educators, a 501c3 wildlife education and rehabilitation program licensed by USFWS, USDA, and CPW. The organizations travel the state and surrounding states to give an average 900 educational presentations on wildlife each year. The organization was founded by Devin Jaffe in 2008 in Canon City, Colorado and has since expanded to have facilities in Florence and Sedalia, Colorado. Nature’s Educators is partnered with the Raptor Conservation Alliance in Nebraska. The organization is also partnered with the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park in Canon City, Colorado to provide educational raptor presentations. They are currently constructing a public nature center in Florence that will have herptiles and invertebrates on display, but will also be able to be used as a classroom for field trips.

About the Yampa Valley Crane Festival: Sept. 1-4, 2022

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 11th annual Yampa Valley Crane Festival.