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Caption: A lone sandhill crane wanders the marshy land of the Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge looking for food on Saturday, Mar. 7, 2009. For centuries, and most likely millenniums, the Sandhill Cranes have migrated through the fertile San Luis Valley and nearby Rio Grande River populating the farmlands and the Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge from late February through March before reaching their final destination in the Greater Yellowstone area. The population of birds can number in the thousands. They will eventually make their way back through Colorado in the early fall before reaching their winter destination in New Mexico. Ancient petroglyphs depicting the cranes can be found scattered in the region. The people of the San Luis Valley will celebrate the return of the cranes with the 26th Annual Monte Vista Crane Festival on Mar. 13-15 in Monte Vista. (The Gazette, Bryan Oller)
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