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International Crane Foundation



A.I. in Cranes – And I Don’t Mean C-3PO or R2-D2
Mar 4 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

When people hear or see the acronym A.I., they often think of Star Wars’ famous C-3PO or movies like The Terminator, Robocop or Wall-E. If you’ve come here to discuss Sci-Fi, unfortunately, you will be sorely disappointed. But if you’ve come to learn more about actual, real-life, tangible science, you are in the right place! Artificial Insemination, or in this case A.I. for short, is a common practice at the International Crane Foundation. 

By the early 1940s, the Whooping Cranes population plummeted down into the teens, reaching an all-time low and causing an unprecedented genetic bottleneck in the population. Over time, strives have been made to diversify the species’ genetics, and A.I. has been a key component to this success.  At the International Crane Foundation, our Crane Conservation Department utilizes A.I. techniques to diversify the genetics of Whooping Cranes and several other species. 

Join Senior Aviculturist Kyle Tainter as he discusses all things A.I. Kyle will discuss how we determine which male and female make up the best genetic combination to the equipment used. Click here to register.

Mar 12 – Mar 14 all-day

Canoecopia is happening virtually this year! Join us for an educational and inspirational virtual gathering with the paddlesports community March 12 to 14, 2021. Explore dozens of presentations, virtual booths, giveaways and more. Tickets required ($15). Click here for more information and to purchase your ticket.

Othello Sandhill Crane Festival
Mar 19 – Mar 20 all-day

The Othello Sandhill Crane Festival is going virtual in March 2021! The festival celebrates the Sandhill Crane spring migration through Washington and includes a variety of activities, including a webinar on Sandhill Cranes by our own Dr. Gary Ivey on Saturday, March 20, at 10 a.m. Pacific Time. Click here to learn more.

Annual Midwest Crane Count
Apr 17 @ 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!

Cranes of the World Phased Reopening Beginning May 1 @ International Crane Foundation
May 1 all-day

The International Crane Foundation’s newly renovated site, Cranes of the World, is going through a phased reopening beginning on May 1, 2021.

For your safety and that of our staff, all visitors will be required to reserve timed-entry passes in advance. Our reservation system will be available in early spring, so please be sure to check back frequently. When you register, you may also sign up for updates about how to visit and other important news from the International Crane Foundation. As you plan your visit, please remember to review our local government travel guidelines or restrictions.

We can’t wait to share our $10M transformation with you. We truly appreciate your continued understanding and patience. The safety of our members, visitors and staff is our highest priority. Please stay tuned for developing news about our rescheduled Grand Opening Celebration later this fall. Click here to learn more about visiting.