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International Crane Foundation

 

Events

Jan
24
Thu
Ajijaak on Turtle Island – Benefit at the Al. Ringling Theatre @ Al. Ringling Theatre
Jan 24 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Tickets are on sale now for a Broadway production coming to Baraboo, Wisconsin in January, when Ajijaak on Turtle Island takes the stage at the historic Al. Ringling Theatre. Click here to purchase tickets!

This lavish production is the latest of Heather Henson, daughter of Jim Henson, and founder of IBEX Puppetry. Only two public performances will be held in Wisconsin Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019, and Friday, Jan. 25, 2019, at 7:30 p.m. Both performances benefit the Al. Ringling Theatre and the International Crane Foundation, who are partnering to bring this production to Wisconsin.

The contemporary artistic spectacle invites theatergoers to follow Ajijaak, a young Whooping Crane separated from her parents, tracing her first migratory journey alone through the richness of indigenous culture and themes of survival and perseverance in a luscious demonstration of the tender interconnectivity of all living things. View the trailer for the performance.

Henson is best known for her environmental spectacles, original performances designed to provide a transformative experience for the audience through the use of non-traditional storytelling. She blends the disciplines of puppetry, dance and kiting with evocative sound and light effects to create immersive, interactive presentations that engage all of the senses and awaken the soul.

The performance is co-directed and written by Ty Defoe, an Ojibwa and Oneida performance artist, originally from Wisconsin and now living in New York City. The production features a variety of traditional Native American dances, songs and an original score composed by DeFoe and other musical collaborators. Indigenous imagery and breathtaking original puppet creations, some towering on stage over 20 feet in height, add to the storytelling.

Henson, Defoe and IBEX Puppetry Studio are offering this production in only four cities in the United States, including New York City, Chicago, Rhode Island and Baraboo. While in Baraboo, the company will be offering two complementary matinee performances beginning at 10 a.m. for students. Click here for a first-come, first-served reservation for your classroom!

Tickets are $55 and $75 for main floor seats. Full boxes also are available and include a private reception, with a meet and greet following the performance. Tickets may also be purchased at the Al. Ringling Theatre box office, 136 Fourth Avenue, Baraboo, Wisconsin, and by phone at 608-356-8864.

Sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact the International Crane Foundation or the Al. Ringling Theatre for more details.

Jan
25
Fri
Ajijaak on Turtle Island – Benefit at the Al. Ringling Theatre @ Al. Ringling Theatre
Jan 25 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Tickets are on sale now for a Broadway production coming to Baraboo, Wisconsin in January, when Ajijaak on Turtle Island takes the stage at the historic Al. Ringling Theatre. Click here to purchase tickets!

This lavish production is the latest of Heather Henson, daughter of Jim Henson, and founder of IBEX Puppetry. Only two public performances will be held in Wisconsin Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019, and Friday, Jan. 25, 2019, at 7:30 p.m. Both performances benefit the Al. Ringling Theatre and the International Crane Foundation, who are partnering to bring this production to Wisconsin.

The contemporary artistic spectacle invites theatergoers to follow Ajijaak, a young Whooping Crane separated from her parents, tracing her first migratory journey alone through the richness of indigenous culture and themes of survival and perseverance in a luscious demonstration of the tender interconnectivity of all living things. View the trailer for the performance.

Henson is best known for her environmental spectacles, original performances designed to provide a transformative experience for the audience through the use of non-traditional storytelling. She blends the disciplines of puppetry, dance and kiting with evocative sound and light effects to create immersive, interactive presentations that engage all of the senses and awaken the soul.

The performance is co-directed and written by Ty Defoe, an Ojibwa and Oneida performance artist, originally from Wisconsin and now living in New York City. The production features a variety of traditional Native American dances, songs and an original score composed by DeFoe and other musical collaborators. Indigenous imagery and breathtaking original puppet creations, some towering on stage over 20 feet in height, add to the storytelling.

Henson, Defoe and IBEX Puppetry Studio are offering this production in only four cities in the United States, including New York City, Chicago, Rhode Island and Baraboo. While in Baraboo, the company will be offering two complementary matinee performances beginning at 10 a.m. for students. Click here for a first-come, first-served reservation for your classroom!

Tickets are $55 and $75 for main floor seats. Full boxes also are available and include a private reception, with a meet and greet following the performance. Tickets may also be purchased at the Al. Ringling Theatre box office, 136 Fourth Avenue, Baraboo, Wisconsin, and by phone at 608-356-8864.

Sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact the International Crane Foundation or the Al. Ringling Theatre for more details.

Jan
27
Sun
Boreal Wings Gala with George Archibald @ Springbrook Nature Center
Jan 27 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Save the date for Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019, for the Boreal Wings Gala with Friends of Sax Zim Bog. Our Co-founder George Archibald is the keynote speaker, followed by a silent auction, appetizers and more! Click here to learn more.

Jan
31
Thu
Birds and Brews @ Huntsville Botanical Gardens
Jan 31 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Join us for an entertaining evening and raise a glass to our avian community! We’ll enjoy brews from Below the Radar, Domino’s pizza, and lively dance music by Calypso Vision. Test your birding knowledge with a game of trivia and learn a few new facts about the endangered Whooping Crane from our outreach staff – and don’t forget to browse our migrating gift shop! Click here to learn more about the event and purchase tickets.

Feb
21
Thu
Whooping Crane Festival @ Port Aransas Civic Center
Feb 21 – Feb 24 all-day

Don’t miss the 23rd Annual Whooping Crane Festival in Port Aransas, Texas Feb. 21-24, 2019!

Festival highlights include our Co-founder George Archibald’s presentation “Cranes of the World” on Friday, Feb. 22, from 9 to 10 a.m., followed by a signing of George’s book “My Life with Cranes” from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. George also will be on the Saturday morning boat tour. In addition, our Director of North America Programs Liz Smith will speak on Saturday, Feb. 23, from 2 to 3 p.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 migrating gift shop! Our Whooping Crane mascot Hope will be making guest appearances at various locations throughout the festival.

Click here to learn more!

Mar
1
Fri
Marsh Madness Sandhill Crane Festival @ Goose Pond Fish and Wildlife Area
Mar 1 – Mar 2 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.

Mar
8
Fri
Monte Vista Crane Festival @ Ski-Hi Complex
Mar 8 – Mar 10 all-day

Where the cranes meet the mountains –  enjoy thousands of Sandhill Cranes and waterfowl against a backdrop of beauty at the Monte Vista Crane Festival March 8-10, 2019. Activities include crane sunrise and sunset tours, birding field trips, brewery tours, a craft/nature fair and keynote speakers. Click here to learn more.

Mar
21
Thu
Audubon’s Nebraska Crane Festival @ Holiday Inn and Convention Center
Mar 21 – Mar 24 all-day

Join us at Audubon’s Nebraska Crane Festival March 21 – 24, 2019, 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.

A highlight of this year’s festival is the presentation by our Crane Research Coordinator Anne Lacy – “The Trumpet in the Orchestra of Evolution: The Story of the Sandhill Crane In North America” – on Saturday from 10 to 10:50 a.m. Don’t forget to stop by our booth, where you can learn more about Sandhill Cranes and our global programs, while browsing our unique merchandise from our migrating gift shop!

Click here to view the festival schedule.

Mar
22
Fri
Othello Sandhill Crane Festival @ Othello, Washington
Mar 22 – Mar 24 all-day

Don’t miss the 22nd Annual Othello Sandhill Crane Festival March 22 – 24, 2019! The festival celebrates the Sandhill Crane spring migration through Washington and includes a variety of unique presentations. Click here to learn more.

Apr
13
Sat
Annual Midwest Crane Count
Apr 13 @ 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!