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Sandhill Cranes Need Your Voice!

A public hearing about this potential hunt will be held at the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison next Tuesday, Oct. 19, at 10 a.m. I will be at the Capitol to testify. This also is an opportunity for you to voice your opinion regarding a Sandhill Crane hunt in Wisconsin.

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Notes from the President – Reflecting and Looking Forward

This month marks the one-year anniversary of the pandemic shutdown in the U.S. and the tumultuous year that followed. It is hard for any of us to imagine a more challenging time. But as I reflect on the past year, I am struck most of all by the great things we achieved together.

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Top Ten Facts About Cranes and People

We believe people and cranes – and other wildlife – can coexist peacefully on urban, suburban and rural landscapes. As with many neighbors, coexisting peacefully might require some patience and creativity. To that end, we asked our staff for their top ten facts about cranes and people. Please let us know if you have others that you would add!

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Notes from the President: Finding Balance

I ride a unicycle and often find myself thinking about balance. I’ve learned I can do all sorts of surprising things when firmly balanced on one wheel… playing hockey, riding marathon distances, or winding down a mountainside on bumpy dirt trails. Conservation is likewise about finding balance in challenging circumstances – that elusive balance that results in win-win solutions for people and wildlife and thereby builds broad public support for conservation.

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Make your voice heard for cranes, wetlands and clean water!

Since January, we have a faced a dizzying array of proposed policy changes and budget cuts at the national level. These include potential cutbacks to the Endangered Species Act, Environmental Protection Agency, Clean Water Rule, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and reduced commitments to climate change agreements and our National Wildlife Refuge system.

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Notes from the President

This past February, Wisconsin legislators introduced an assembly bill that would authorize the hunting of Sandhill Cranes in Wisconsin. The bill was defended as a necessary measure to reduce crop depredation caused by Sandhill Cranes, and to enable farmers to apply for wildlife damage abatement assistance and claim payments.

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ICF Plants the Seed for Solving Crane-Related Crop Damage

An effective solution for damage that Sandhill Cranes cause to planted corn seeds has been used in record amounts during the just-completed 2012 planting season and represents a win-win solution for both conservation and agriculture. Developed by the International Crane Foundation (ICF) and Arkion LLC, Avipel® has been available to farmers since 2006.

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Sandhill Crane Crop Damage

How do you develop an effective, but non-toxic, repellent to prevent cranes from damaging corn crops? Over the past 40 years, the population of Sandhill Cranes has grown dramatically in the upper Midwest, with birds moving into new locations and increasing in density in other areas. As the population has grown, farmers have experienced increasing [...]

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