International Crane Foundation



Whooping Crane Festival @ Port Aransas Civic Center
Feb 22 – Feb 25 all-day

Don’t miss the 22nd Annual Whooping Crane Festival in Port Aransas, Texas Feb. 22-25, 2018!

Festival highlights include a presentation and My Life with Cranes book signing by our Co-founder George Archibald on Friday, Feb. 23, from 9 to 10 a.m. George also will be on the Friday afternoon boat tour. In addition, our President and CEO Rich Beilfuss will speak on Saturday, Feb. 24, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Stop by our booth at the Civic Center, where you can learn more about Whooping Cranes and our global programs, while browsing our unique merchandise from our headquarter’s gift shop! Our Whooping Crane mascot Hope will be making guest appearances at various locations throughout the festival.

Click here to learn more!

Chicago Audubon Society – Birding America Symposium @ North Park University
Mar 10 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Join our Co-founder George Archibald at the Chicago Audubon Society’s Birding America Symposium on March 10, 2018. George is the keynote speaker for the symposium and will present “Huge wings over Chicago and in the skies around the world – cranes.”  George will also be available to for a book signing for My Life With Cranes, his new collection of stories. Click here to learn more.

Audubon’s Nebraska Crane Festival @ Holiday Inn and Convention Center
Mar 22 – Mar 25 all-day

Join us at Audubon’s Nebraska Crane Festival March 22 – 25, 2018, in Kearny! Festival highlights include the presentation “Cranes: Ambassadors for Conservation” by our President & CEO Rich Beilfuss on Saturday, March 24, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Click here to view the festival schedule.

Annual Midwest Crane Count
Apr 14 @ 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 – 2018 Visitor Season @ International Crane Foundation
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.

Moms Visit for Free on Mother’s Day Weekend @ International Crane Foundation
May 12 @ 9:00 am – May 13 @ 5:00 pm

Moms get in FREE during Mother’s Day weekend! Treat your mom to a relaxing day in nature with guided tours, family activities and nature hikes. Click here to plan your visit.

Great Salt Lake Bird Festival
May 17 – May 21 all-day

Join us at the 21st annual Great Salt Lake Bird Festival! Our Co-founder George Archibald is the festival’s keynote speaker on Saturday, May 19, 2018. George will also be signing his new book My Life with Cranes and will lead several field trips during the festival. Click here to learn more and view the festival schedule.

An Evening with the Cranes @ International Crane Foundation
Jun 16 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Enjoy a magical evening on our beautiful grounds in Baraboo, Wisconsin. An Evening with the Cranes will be held rain or shine on June 16, 2018.

Cranes of the World Festival @ International Crane Foundation
Aug 4 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Don’t miss the family-friendly Cranes of the World Festival on August 4, with guided nature walks, arts and crafts, and special programs throughout the day!