International Crane Foundation



Say aah – Hope gets a checkup @ Mesker Park Zoo
Jan 26 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Yes, even our Whooping Crane mascot Hope goes to the doctor! Hope will get a checkup at the Mesker Park Zoo’s Teddy Bear Clinic on Sunday, Jan. 26. The clinic is free with zoo admission. Registration is not required.

PBS Wisconsin Garden and Landscape Festival @ Alliant Energy Center
Feb 7 @ 12:00 pm – Feb 9 @ 4:00 pm

It may just be winter here in Wisconsin, but we are already thinking about spring. A highlight of this year’s Garden and Landscape Festival is the presentation by our Co-founder George Archibald on Saturday, February 8, at 3 p.m. George will speak about his life with cranes and dahlias – yes, he’s a gardener too! Our President and CEO Rich Beilfuss and several of our staff will also be sharing presentations throughout the weekend. View the schedule and purchase tickets.

Whooping Crane Presentation @ Wild Birds Unlimited
Feb 8 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join our Whooping Crane Outreach staff for a presentation on North America’s tallest bird – Whooping Cranes – at the Wild Birds Unlimited in Greenwood on Saturday, Feb. 8.

Whooping Crane Festival @ Port Aransas Civic Center
Feb 20 – Feb 23 all-day

Don’t miss the 24th Annual Whooping Crane Festival in Port Aransas, Texas Feb. 20-23, 2020! Stop by our booth at the Civic Center, where you can learn more about Whooping Cranes and our global programs. Click here to learn more.

Conservancy Day: Crane Conservation in North America @ Kromrey Middle School, Room 510
Feb 20 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Join Friends of Pheasant Branch Conservancy for this free presentation by our Whooping Crane Outreach Coordinator Lizzie Condon Thursday, Feb. 20. Learn about some of the current conservation work that is being done with North America’s two species of cranes – Sandhill and Whooping Cranes.

Directions: Enter through Door 3 at the eastern end of the building. Do not enter through the main entrance.

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. Click here to learn more.

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!

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!