Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Yampa Valley Crane Festival, September 6-9, 2013

Press Release

Announcing the second annual Yampa Valley Crane Festival in Steamboat Springs and Hayden, Sept. 6-9, 2013

Four days of free events celebrating the region’s magnificent Sandhill Cranes!

The second annual Yampa Valley Crane Festival takes place in Steamboat Springs and Hayden from September 6-9, featuring crane viewing sessions, expert speakers, films, family activities, a crane art show, and more. All scheduled events are open to the public and free.

“After the inaugural year’s resounding success, we know this festival will continue to give people a better understanding and enjoyment of the cranes that breed, roost, and stage in the Yampa Valley. This is a chance to learn more about crane science, explore the art that these magnificent birds inspire, and get out on the ground to enjoy their company,” says Nancy Merrill, festival organizer and President of the Colorado Crane Conservation Coalition, Inc.

A highlight of the festival will be the talks given by three outstanding crane experts. Internationally renowned conservation photographer Michael Forsberg will present a slideshow and talk entitled “From Cranes to Plains- A Photographer’s Journey Connecting the Heart of a Continent.” Wildlife biologist Rod Drewien, considered the world’s expert on the Rocky Mountain Greater Sandhill Crane population, will focus on his work over the years with this sub-species. An update on the White-naped Crane conservation project in Mongolia will be presented by U.S. Forest Service Rocky Mountain Region Avian Program Coordinator Robert Skorkowsky.

Additional festival highlights include guided bird/nature walks in some of the Yampa Valley’s most magnificent settings, children and family activities, a Crane Art Show at The Depot which opens during the First Friday Artwalk in Steamboat Springs, and daily guided crane viewing opportunities around the valley. 

Sandhill Cranes are an iconic species of the Yampa Valley and Northwest Colorado. For years, a group of enthusiastic birders and nature lovers has gathered each fall at a small ranch near Hayden, Colorado, to watch the cranes – both the adults and their young – forage for food, dance in the fields, and practice flying in anticipation of their grand migration south to warmer wintering territory. The sights and sounds of these spectacular birds on their fall staging ground in the Yampa Valley led some to dream about an event in which locals and tourists would gather together to learn about this population of cranes and to celebrate their presence in Northwest Colorado. The Colorado Crane Conservation Coalition, Inc. turned the dream into a reality.

Colorado Crane Conservation Coalition (CCCC) is dedicated to the conservation and protection of Sandhill Cranes in Colorado. Yampa Valley Crane Festival is presented by the CCCC, with help from partners including the Bud Werner Memorial Library, The Nature Conservancy, Yampa Valley Land Trust, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, USDA Forest Service, Yampatika, and many other local businesses and organizations.

“Cranes evoke strong emotions in humans and enrich our lives by their presence. This festival will inspire people to continue protecting this amazing creature and its habitat,” says Barbara Hughes, CCCC co-founder.

Yampa Valley Crane Festival’s daily schedule of festival events is posted at

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

One Military United and Colorado Cutthroat Connection to Host Gaming Night and "Cocktails with a Cause" to Benefit Colorado-Based Project Sanctuary

Press Release

One Military United is teaming up with Colorado Cutthroat Connection (C3) to host the 1st Annual Gaming for a Greater Good on July 27 from 12-6 p.m. at Epernay Lounge in Denver. Featuring games such as HALO 4, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, Injustice - Gods Among Us, and more, the event will offer a variety of options for gamers. Cash prizes and giveaways are at stake for both tournament and casual play.

Cocktails with a Cause will be hosted by One Military United the following evening, July 28, at the Cherry in Cherry Creek North, Denver. The lighthearted mix-and-mingle event will showcase drink specials, great music and a unique "Night Out with a Hero" auction. Guests will also have a chance to speak with the founder of Project Sanctuary, the Commander of VFW Post 1 and elected state officials. 

All proceeds from both events will benefit Project Sanctuary to provide the necessary resources for One Military United's featured military family - the Mitchells - to attend a retreat.

"As the wars abroad wind down, we have to focus on the ones here in our homes," said Lacy L. McDonald III, SSG, USAR and founder of One Military United. "Events like these give me the opportunity to help my brothers and sisters in arms, giving them the knowledge and help we all need after sacrificing so much."

"The support of partner organizations like One Military United and military-supporting companies like Colorado Cutthroat Connection is so critical to our success in reconnecting and healing our military families," said Heather Ehle, Project Sanctuary founder and executive director. "With over 1,400 military families on the waiting list for one of our therapeutic retreats, we are committed to providing services for as long as there are families in need of them. Events like these make it possible for us to fulfill that commitment."

Pre-registration, vendor information, and sponsorship opportunities for Gaming for a Greater Good are available online.

Tickets for Cocktails with a Cause will be $10 and available for purchase at the door. 

In addition to One Military United and C3, Project Sanctuary thanks the following sponsors of Gaming for a Greater Good: Nicholas Voronkov with REDwave Entertainment, Denver Improv, Robert John McDonald, Andrea Mayness Photography, TPS Staffing, BAC Appliance Center, Royal Guard Security, Cherry, and Epernay Champagne Lounge.