International Crane Foundation



Whooping Crane Festival @ Port Aransas Civic Center
Feb 23 – Feb 26 all-day

Don’t miss the 21st Annual Whooping Crane Festival in Port Aransas, Texas February 23-26, 2017! Festival highlights include featured presentations by International Crane Foundation Co-founder, Dr. George Archibald, and our Vice President of Headquarters Operations, Kim Smith. Following George’s presentation on Saturday, he will also do a signing for his new book, My Life with CranesClick here to learn more and to register for the festival.

Wisconsin Wetlands Association Annual Conference @ Holiday Inn Stevens Point Convention Center
Feb 28 – Mar 2 all-day

Join us at the annual Wetland Science Conference, a program of the Wisconsin Wetlands Association. The two-day conference includes organized symposia, oral and poster sessions, working groups, and field trips to area wetlands. Click here to learn more about the conference.

Marsh Madness Sandhill Crane Festival @ Humphrey’s Park
Mar 3 – Mar 4 all-day

The Marsh Madness Sandhill Crane Festival is timed to coincide with the peak Sandhill Crane and waterfowl migration at Goose Pond Fish and Wildlife Area in southwestern Indiana. Our Crane Research Coordinator, Anne Lacy, will be speaking at the festival, along with other experts on Indiana cranes and wildlife. Other festival activities include a craft fair, live birds of prey exhibit, bus and self-guided tours, and kids activities.

Audubon’s Nebraska Crane Festival
Mar 16 – Mar 19 all-day

Save the date for the 47th annual Nebraska Crane Festival March 16-19, 2017 in Kearney, Nebraska! Click here to learn more.

Othello Sandhill Crane Festival
Mar 24 – Mar 26 all-day

Don’t miss the 20th Annual Othello Sandhill Crane Festival March 24-26, 2017 in Othello, Washington! International Crane Foundation Research Associate, Dr. Gary Ivey, is the keynote speaker on Saturday evening with his presentation, “Cranes are People Too!” Click here to learn more.

A Tale of Two Cranes @ Camp Jorn YMCA
Apr 6 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join our staff for a presentation on North America’s cranes sponsored by the Northland Discovery Center in Manitowish Waters, WI. Appetizers and refreshments will be served beginning at 5:00 p.m., with the program starting at 6:00 p.m. Pre-registration is required by April 8. Click here to learn more and to register.

Annual Midwest Crane Count
Apr 8 @ 5:30 am – 7:30 am

Join over 1,000 volunteers across the upper Midwest for the Annual Midwest Crane Count. As a citizen scientist, you can help us monitor the return of Sandhill and Whooping Cranes to their northern breeding grounds. Click here to learn more and to get involved!

Opening Day – 2017 Visitor Season!
Apr 15 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Visit our headquarters to learn about cranes and our global conservation programs on a guided tour with a naturalist. Enjoy exploring our nature trails, browse our unique gift shop, and discover our interactive exhibits. Click here to plan your visit.

May 10 all-day

Our Co-Founder George Archibald will be breaking out his binoculars on May 10, 2017 to see how many species he can tally this year.  Please support George and his team The Craniacs by pledging a specific dollar amount per species or by making a fixed gift. The funds raised help us work around the world to save cranes and the places where cranes dance!

Gifts of $25 or more will receive a one-year membership to the International Crane Foundation!

Click here to make a fixed gift, or to pledge a gift contact Jennifer Fiene at 608-356-9462 ext. 151.

Prairie Tour @ International Crane Foundation
May 13 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Walk among prairie smoke, 6-foot-tall compass plants, swaying big bluestem, and dozens of other native species on a special guided prairie tour at our headquarters the second Saturday of every month beginning in May through October. Click here to learn more about our prairie restoration and interpretive signs along our nature trails.