An Introduction to Prairie Ecology and Restoration at the International Crane Foundation - International Crane Foundation

International Crane Foundation


An Introduction to Prairie Ecology and Restoration at the International Crane Foundation

10/08/2020 @ 11:00 pm – 10/09/2020 @ 12:00 pm

Photo by Tom Lynn

Join us for our webinar with Sandhill Crane Project Manager Andy Gossens on Thursday, Oct. 8, at 11 a.m. Central Time. Click here to register.

Prairies were once the largest continuous ecosystem in North America, stretching from the Rocky Mountains east to Indiana, and from Saskatchewan to Texas. With European settlement, however, much of this landscape was lost due to conversion to agriculture. At the International Crane Foundation’s headquarters in Baraboo, Wisconsin, our global work to preserve and restore ecosystems important to cranes can be seen on a local scale through our efforts to re-establish the native landscape within our 260-acre site. Forty years after initiating restoration work, these former pasture and crop fields now help us illustrate the importance of diverse natural lands to visitors from all over the world.     

This webinar will introduce you to North American prairies and the qualities that make up this important ecosystem. In addition, we will discuss the process of prairie restoration with a focus on work that the International Crane Foundation has been involved with over the years to re-establish the native prairie, wetland and savanna communities found at our headquarters.