Allen and I arrived in the Delta area in 1989 or so.
And I discovered Hart's Basin — a dried mudflat! But the water collected there over the winter, and in spring it was "full." There was shallow water on the north side of the road as well as along the main reservoir.
And the cranes came, changing my life forever.
Melvin Peterson of Eckert had been monitoring the Whooping Cranes that were a part of our Sandhill flock. When Melvin retired, he and Rod Drewien asked if I would take over the monitoring job. Of course I was delighted! At the close of each spring migration, I've sent annual reports to Rod, to the biologists at Monte Vista and the Bosque del Apache in New Mexico. So I was extremely pleased when Rod agreed to be a featured speaker at the Yampa Festival.
Dr. Drewien has studied migrating birds from Arctic Alaska, Canada, throughout western North American, and into southern Mexico. He developed a population survey for our cranes which is currently in use by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service and surveys of waterfowl in Mexico. Although I know Dr. Drewien as the senior biologist of the cross-fostering program to place Whooping Cranes within our Sandhill Cranes, he has worked with Tundra and Trumpeter Swans, three species of Geese, ducks and other waterfowl. He has published 50 scientific papers on migratory birds (including 36 on Sandhills and Whoopers).
Dr. Drewien's presentation is at 3 p.m. on Sunday, September 8 in Library Hall in Steamboat Springs. For information, the website is www.coloradocranes.org.
The festival has blossomed into a major event, and I'm very excited to be going again this year.blog comments powered by Disqus