International Crane Foundation



Horicon Marsh Bird Festival @ Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center
May 12 – May 13 all-day

Join us at the 21st annual Horicon Marsh Bird Festival May 12 – 13. Visit our exhibit to learn more about our global conservation programs and meet our knowledgeable staff! Click here to view the full festival schedule.

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. Mothers also will receive cookies from Neat-O’s Bake Shoppe in Baraboo, Wisc., coffee and flowers, while supplies last!

The weekend will be filled with fun for the whole family. Themed tours will highlight the International Crane Foundation’s captive breeding program and its efforts to assist in the reintroduction of Whooping Cranes into the eastern United States. Participants can make unique works of art for mom at the arts and crafts tables, which will include drawing, painting and origami crane folding. Visitors also can try on one of our Whooping Crane rearing costumes and do their best to imitate a Whooping Crane parent.

On Sunday, May 13, stop by our visitor center theater between 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for very special presentations by puppeteer Heather Henson and Ibex Puppetry! Heather will share a 15-minute puppetry performance on the hour, every hour. Through puppetry and visual storytelling, she will share Black-necked Crane folklore from Asia. In-between presentations, visitors may create their own Black-necked Crane paper kites and prayer flags.

After viewing the cranes, visitors can enjoy the International Crane Foundation’s two miles of nature trails which include restored tallgrass prairie, native Wisconsin plant life and wildflowers.

Special thanks to our event sponsors Red Shed Garden & Gifts, O’Malley & Foss Greenhouse and Woodland Valley Farms Country Greenhouse!

Great Salt Lake Bird Festival @ Davis County Legacy Events Center
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.

Climate Change Coalition of Door County – Fifth Annual Forum @ Stone Harbor Resort and Conference Center
May 19 all-day

Our President and CEO Rich Beilfuss will be a featured speaker at the fifth annual Climate Change Forum organized by the Climate Change Coalition of Door County, Wisc. on May 19. Click here to learn more about the Coalition.

Endangered Species Day/Migratory Bird Day at the Racine Zoo @ Racine Zoo
May 19 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Join our staff at Racine Zoo’s Zoorific Saturday on May 19 to celebrate Endangered Species Day and Migratory Bird Day. Stop by our booth to meet our staff and learn about our global conservation programs!

Leopold Center Spring Open House @ The Leopold Center
May 19 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Celebrate spring with our neighbors at the Leopold Center! Visit our booth to learn more about the International Crane Foundation’s global programs, assist with prairie planting, take a guided hike, visit the Leopold Shack, and take part in hands-on activities for kids of all ages. This event is free and open to the public.

North American Crane Research at Horicon Marsh @ Friends of Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center
May 23 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

RSVP through our Facebook event or email Anne Lacy, Crane Research Coordinator, for more information.

Keeper Talks @ International Crane Foundation
Jun 3 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Want to learn about the behind-the-scenes work we do to care for our cranes? Stop by our headquarters on the first and third Sunday from June through September at 1:00 p.m. for a presentation by our aviculture staff. Click here to plan your visit.

Cranes and Culture Art Series @ International Crane Foundation
Jun 16 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

The International Crane Foundation is hosting a new Cranes and Culture Art Series throughout the 2018 visitor season.

Each month local artists will present a complimentary workshop to showcase their work – everything from photography to painting and dance. Participants will learn the cultural relevance of the art and how it relates to cranes and wetland conservation. After each artist presentation, participants can meet the artists, ask questions and most importantly, make their own art with the artists!

The Cranes and Culture Art Series will highlight the work of eight gifted artists in the community:

•  April 21 Woodworker Brian Wilbrandt of Cazenovia and Fiber Artist Sharon Nicholas of Dodgeville, Wis.

•  May 5 – Photographer Stan Tekiela of Minneapolis, Minn.

•  June 16 – Illustrator Kim Russell of Spring Green, Wis.

•  July 8 – Ho-Chunk Experience – Wasira Native Dance Show of Baraboo, Wis.

•  Aug. 11 – Painter Janet Flynn of Reedsburg, Wis.

•  Sept. 15 – Graphic Designer Amie Van Susteren of Lone Rock, Wis.

•  Oct. 6 – Painter Ellen McGaughey of Wisconsin Dells, Wis.

This project is funded in part, by Jodi K. Kingdon and Henry S. Kingdon, M.D., Ph.D. and a grant from the Sauk County UW Extension, Arts & Culture Committee and the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin.

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

Enjoy a magical evening at our headquarters Saturday, June 16, 2018, from 5 to 8 p.m. with refreshments and food from local restaurants, live music and of course – cranes!

Online registration is now open! To register by phone, please call 608-356-9462 ext. 811.