ICF grew out of youth and hope, and we still invest heavily in developing new and potential leaders. We strive to provide the training and resources that emerging conservationists need to engage their communities in positive change, develop long-term partnerships with key decision-makers, and in turn help others to develop vision and passion for our mission. We inspire and mentor scores of young learners through curricula for school children, volunteer opportunities, internships, field training, and graduate and postgraduate programs.
Your Support Empowers the Next Generation
The International Crane Foundation’s 40th anniversary year has brought us joy in celebrating our past and the many accomplishments toward our mission. ICF has grown from the dream of two students to an organization that has made a difference for thousands of people in dozens of countries by improving lives, protecting natural resources, and creating hope for the future of this iconic family of birds.
While we are proud of ICF’s successes, the threats to cranes are increasing – human population growth, poverty, and rapid economic development are driving widespread habitat loss and black market poaching in some of the most important areas for cranes.
Our work is far from finished.
In this milestone year we also celebrate our potential – our best plans and actions to address new challenges and seize opportunities – and look to the talented people who will carry our mission forward in the decades to come. The second year of ICF’s 40 Years of Conservation Leadership campaign places special emphasis on empowering this next generation of leaders working in the most critical regions for cranes.
Empowering Conservation Leaders on Three Continents
Bridget Amulike worked as an Interpretive Naturalist Intern at ICF in 2012, planning and implementing programs for our Visitor Program and honing her film development skills. Bridget’s internship culminated with the completion of a short film that raises awareness about the illegal trade in Grey Crowned Cranes in Africa, and what ICF is doing to mitigate this major threat to the species (view film). Today, Bridget is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in the Wildlife, Fisheries and Conservation Biology program. With ICF’s support and a grant from the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund, she is co-leading a project in her home country of Tanzania that will investigate the Grey Crowned Crane’s substantial decline, leading to the development of a conservation plan that involves local communities in securing this species.
Photo by DZ Johnson
Ren Qing began work with ICF in China in 2009. With a background in graphic design, she broadened her skills to education programming, strategic planning for communications, and delivering training for nature reserve staff at Poyang Lake and elsewhere. Qing is pursuing a master’s degree in environmental interpretation with the Environmental and Forest Biology Department at SUNY in Syracuse, New York. She is particularly interested in the management and evaluation of non-formal environmental education programs, like those offered by ICF, and the roles of science and culture in environmental communication. Earlier this year, she came to our campus in Baraboo as a Visitor Program Intern to assess our tour formats. She also led tours and recorded a Chinese language narration for the African crane trade film that Bridget developed so it can be used by Chinese partners working to reduce illegal trade. Photo by DZ Johnson
Anne Lacy, Crane Research Coordinator, began working with ICF in 2000 as an intern with the Field Ecology Department. Today, Anne develops conservation solutions to balance human and crane needs here in the Midwest, and then shares them with our partners worldwide. For example, Anne coordinates our long-term Sandhill Crane research that identified how cranes damage corn seedlings, which led to the development of a safe, affordable substance that deters cranes and other foraging birds that is being used to treat corn seeds across North America. Anne is now helping our partners in Africa, Europe, and Asia develop conservation-friendly solutions for farmers who share their land with cranes. She also studies the reintroduced Whooping Cranes that migrate between Wisconsin and southeastern states and coordinates teams of young scientists to collect data on the movements, habitat use, and nesting success of these endangered birds. Photo by Tom Lynn/ www.tomlynnphotography.com
Photo by John Ford
We invite you to make a special gift to the International Crane Foundation’s 40 Years of Conservation Leadership campaign to empower leaders of tomorrow and to inspire others to build a better future with cranes.
Thank you for making our work possible!