Harris Hawk at Bud Werner Library

Learn about Buteos of Colorado with HawkQuest

Sunday, September 1, 2019 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm
  • Library Hall
A special live bird presentation for nature enthusiasts of all ages, celebrating the 2019 Yampa Valley Crane Festival!

a bird of prey of a group of hawks distinguished by broad rounded wings, relatively short tails, and soaring flight

Following up on Saturday's visit on the Library Lawn with HawkQuest's birds of prey, HawkQuest founder, master falconer and long time environmental educator Kin Quitugua presents "Buteos of Colorado," a community talk designed to educate about the importance of different raptor species, their specially-adapted tools, and their role in our ecosystems. Observe the unique tools of Red-tailed, Swainson’s, Ferruginous and Rough-legged hawks that are found in the Mile High State, plus a precision flying demonstration by the Harris Hawk as it free-flies.

About Hawk Quest

Kin Quitugua, a master falconer and long time environmental educator, founded HawkQuest in 1986. He has trained, handled and flown birds of prey as diverse as the Bald and Golden eagles and the Saw-whet owl. For more than 25 years, Quituguahas dedicated himself to educating the public about the place of raptors in our ecology. Quitugua created HawkQuest believing environmental awareness is a key to the survival of the world as we know it, and education of our nation's youth in particular is paramount to this process. He has received national recognition for his work combining educational and ecological concerns, having appeared on both local and national television programs. Quitugua also serves as a consultant to organizations which promote the welfare of birds of prey.

About the Yampa Valley Crane Festival

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 festival includes daily crane viewings, expert speakers, films, art exhibits, workshops, family activities and more. All community activities and events are free unless otherwise indicated in the program , and Bud Werner Memorial Library is festival headquarters and the venue for many of these talks, films and events.

Learn more about the Yampa Valley Crane Festival at www.coloradocranes.org.