International Crane Foundation


Dr. Julie Langenberg, Vice President Conservation Science

Keeping Cranes Healthy in a Changing World

Julie joined the International Crane Foundation (ICF) in 1987 as ICF’s first staff veterinarian, while also researching wild bird health problems for the US Fish and Wildlife Service and teaching wildlife medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine.   Along with providing clinical care for ICF’s captive cranes, researching health issues for captive and wild cranes, and training veterinary colleagues working with cranes in other countries, Julie served on the International Whooping Crane Recovery Team.  Julie left ICF in 1999 to be Wisconsin’s state wildlife veterinarian, focusing on investigation and management of wildlife diseases emerging as landscapes, human activities, and climates change.  After a decade of government service, in 2011 Julie came home to ICF as Vice President – Conservation Science, an opportunity to apply her diverse wildlife disease experience to investigation and mitigation of disease and pollution risks for cranes that are emerging as we change our world.  Julie has a Veterinary Medicine doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania, with post-doctoral training in zoo and wildlife medicine from the University of Sydney, Australia.  

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