One of the daily responsibilities of ICF’s Crane Conservation Department (CCD) is caring for our on-site, captive flock of over 100 cranes. This year, CCD is ramping up their crane enrichment program and needs your help!
You can help by purchasing gift cards or sending a donation specifically for ICF’s enrichment program. Following are a few examples of what our staff may purchase with your donation:
Crane Grocery List:
Baby mice (aka pinkies)
Heads of lettuce
Kong toys (for hiding treats)
Since the majority of the food listed is perishable, and enrichment strategies should be presented on a varied schedule so that the cranes do not become desensitized or habituated to them, we ask that crane enrichment donations be made in the following ways:
- Pierce’s Markets gift cards (in-store purchase only in West Baraboo, Madison, Muscoda, and Portage, Wis.)
- Pick n’ Save, Copps, Mariano’s, and Rainbow Foods gift cards (in-store purchase only at any location)
- Blain's Farm & Fleet gift cards (purchase in store or online)
- Want us to shop locally for items at the Baraboo Farmers’ Market and other locations? Send a check payable to "International Crane Foundation" with a memo line of "Crane Enrichment".
THANK YOU FOR CARING FOR OUR CRANES!
What is crane enrichment? Enrichment provides stimulating and challenging objects, activities or environments for the cranes to help keep our birds mentally and physically healthy. Enrirchment items may include foods, dried plants or sticks, puzzles and other novel items (read our enrichment update to learn more).
Here’s a snap-shot of what CCD uses per year for food enrichment and daily feeding of our feathered friends:
12,000 adult crickets
132 pounds of smelt
75 pounds of corn
200 pounds of oyster shells
30 pounds of grapes
60 pounds of unsalted peanuts
11.5 tons of Crane Chow (a pelleted diet that has been formulated to meet the nutritional needs of our birds. It is comprised mainly of vegetable meal along with some animal protein, vitamins, and minerals.)
As you can see, caring for over 100 captive cranes takes a lot of food! CCD would be extremely grateful for your help in caring for these magnificent birds.