September 16, 2012
Birders scan for sandhill cranes Sunday when the sun was coming up west of Steamboat Springs. The bird watching event kicked off the inaugural Yampa Valley Crane Festival.
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Festival continues Monday with afternoon program at Steamboat Community Center
The search started at 6:20 a.m. in the dark, frosty fields of Routt County Road 42. Armed with binoculars and scopes mounted on tripods, 13 birders unloaded from shuttles and cars onto the gravel road west of Steamboat Springs.