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Marsh Madness Sandhill Crane Festival @ Goose Pond Fish and Wildlife Area
Feb 28 – Feb 29 all-day

Join us at the annual Marsh Madness Sandhill (and Whooping!) Crane Festival at Goose Pond Fish and Wildlife Area in southwestern Indiana. This grassroots event coincides with the peak crane and waterfowl migration at Goose Pond. Events include bus and self-guided tours, presentation and kid’s activities. Stop by our exhibit to learn more about our global programs, and don’t forget to browse our Migrating Gift Shop! Click here to learn more.

Talking About Nature: Crane Conservation @ Geneva Lake Museum
Feb 29 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The first lecture in the Kettle Moraine Land Trust’s “Talking About Nature” series features our President and CEO Rich Beilfuss, who will speak about crane conservation today.

Tickets are $10 per person until February 27, or $20 per person at the door, and include refreshments and light hors d’oeuvres during a meet-and-greet session before the talk. The event is sponsored in part by Midwest Prairies, LLC.

Click here to learn more about the series and to purchase tickets.

Audubon’s Nebraska Crane Festival @ Holiday Inn and Convention Center
Mar 20 – Mar 21 all-day

Join us at Audubon’s Nebraska Crane Festival March 20 – 21, 2020, in Kearny! Bringing together Craniacs from around the world, this annual festival offers incredible birding trips, a wide range of environmental speakers, and, best of all, the world’s largest gathering of Sandhill Cranes.

Highlights of this year’s festival are the presentations by our Co-Founder George Archibald and Crane Research Coordinator Anne Lacy on Saturday. Don’t forget to stop by our booth, where you can learn more about Sandhill Cranes and our global programs while browsing unique merchandise from our migrating gift shop!

Click here to view the festival schedule.

Annual Midwest Crane Count
Apr 18 @ 5:30 am – 7:30 am

Join over 1,000 volunteers across the upper Midwest to monitor the return of Sandhill and Whooping Cranes to their northern breeding grounds. Click here to learn more and to get involved!

Status & Update: Focus on Whooping Cranes @ Wild Birds Unlimited
Apr 18 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Join our outreach staff for a presentation on North America’s tallest bird – Whooping Cranes – at the Wild Birds Unlimited in Madison, Wisconsin, Saturday, April 18.

Biggest Week in American Birding @ Maumee Bay Lodge and Conference Center
May 8 – May 17 all-day

Join us in Oregon, Ohio for the Biggest Week in American Birding May 8 – 17, 2020! Our Crane Research Coordinator Anne Lacy is giving a keynote presentation on Friday, May 15 – The Trumpet in an Orchestra of Evolution: The story of the Sandhill Crane in North America. Visit our staff at the Birder’s Marketplace to learn about our global programs AND browse our migrating gift shop. Learn more about the festival.

WSO Golden Passenger Pigeon Award Presentation to George Archibald @ Lighthouse Inn and Conference Center
May 14 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology’s annual convention as our Co-founder George Archibald is presented with the society’s Golden Passenger Pigeon Award. The ceremony will conclude with a reception to honor the award recipients. Learn more and register for the convention.

Member Preview Day @ International Crane Foundation
Jun 26 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Be among the first to see our completed renovations during our exclusive Member Preview Day, Friday, June 26, from 2 to 5 p.m. Special behind the scenes tours will be offered and the opportunity to experience the new site before the gates open June 27 to the general public. Be sure to bring your current membership card. Thank you for your support of the International Crane Foundation.

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Headquarters Grand Opening @ International Crane Foundation
Jun 27 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

The crane gates will be open on Saturday, June 27, 2020, for our official opening! Our headquarters has been closed and under construction since Nov. 2018, so you can imagine how excited we are to share our new site with you!

The exhibit area of our campus is undergoing a dramatic transformation as we renovate our crane exhibits. We are thrilled that each new crane exhibit will have a water feature and natural landscaping. In addition, our interpretive message will take flight beyond our headquarters as our visitors are immersed in the stories of the cranes and their cousins in the wild.

Our $10 million renovation also includes the new George Archibald Welcome Center with an expanded gift shop, an additional five exhibit murals, and a cranes and culture area featuring a crane fountain and a meditation garden. We will share information about our grand opening plans as they become available. Until then, please mark your 2020 calendar with this important date!

An Evening with the Cranes @ International Crane Foundation
Sep 19 all-day

Save the date for a beautiful late summer evening with the world’s cranes Saturday, September 19, 2020!