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International Crane Foundation

 

Events

Aug
31
Sat
Treinen Farm Crane Dance Corn Maze @ Treinen Farm Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch
Aug 31 – Nov 10 all-day

Photo by Treinen Farm

The Treinen Farm “Crane Dance” corn maze opens Aug. 31 – we promise it will be a-maze-ing. The farm is open weekends beginning Labor Day Weekend through early Nov.

Look for our staff sharing information on all things crane every weekend beginning Sept. 28 through Oct. 27 from 12 noon to 4 p.m.!

Visit the farm’s website for schedule details and to plan your visit.

Sep
16
Mon
A Pathway to Peace: Saving Cranes in the Korean DMZ and East Asia Flyway @ Lincoln Park Zoo
Sep 16 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Peace in the Korean peninsula has never been closer. How can we use crane conservation between North and South Korea to strengthen collaboration and safeguard the existence of these endangered and culturally significant birds for future generations?

The Cheorwon Plain, located south of the Demilitarized Zone in South Korea, is an important staging and wintering area for Red-crowned and White-naped Cranes in East Asia, as well as numerous other species. Elsewhere in their range, these species are declining, but in Cheorwon numbers are increasing as the birds find safe haven in the traditional rice paddies and wetlands. However, the crane sites along the DMZ are under increasing threat as relations between the two nations move toward peace.

Hear from local conservationists and government leaders how they are working together with the International Crane Foundation and local farmers along the DMZ to lead efforts to protect the remarkable diversity of cranes and other wildlife for all countries of the East Asian Flyway and the world.

Sep
17
Tue
Evenings with Audubon: A risky climate for cranes, wetlands and our world @ Urban League of Greater Wisconsin
Sep 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join our President and CEO Rich Beilfuss for his presentation – A risky climate for cranes, wetlands and our world – with Madison Audubon. Click here to learn more.

Cranes are among the most endangered bird families and flagships for understanding the risks of climate change to biodiversity worldwide – especially where wetland loss and watershed degradation already impact biodiversity. In Texas, rising sea levels and reduced freshwater inflows threaten the coastal marshes used by Endangered Whooping Cranes. Melting polar regions inundate the arctic marshes where Critically Endangered Siberian Cranes breed. Retreating glaciers in Asia no longer feed the high-altitude wetlands that support Black-necked Cranes. Reduced runoff and higher temperatures on Southern Africa floodplains increase water stress, fire and invasive species that threaten Wattled Cranes, elephants and other renowned wildlife. Even our abundant Sandhill Cranes are vulnerable to more frequent and prolonged droughts, especially in the western US.

To manage and secure wetlands facing climate change, we draw lessons from decades of crane conservation – that the needs of cranes, many other species and people are linked strongly to healthy wetlands and watersheds. In Africa, we challenge developers to incorporate climate change into dam operation and release environmental flows to maintain floodplain health. In China, we negotiate with municipalities to maintain wetlands that are critical staging sites for migratory cranes and waterbirds. In Texas, we model how sea-level rise and freshwater inflows affect future wetland availability for Whooping Cranes, using this knowledge to guide land purchase and easements sufficient for the population to recover fully. Here at home, we seek wetland protections that provide for a wide range of water conditions for cranes and other wildlife to weather years of extreme drought and flood.

Sep
21
Sat
Greater Yellowstone Crane Festival @ Driggs City Center
Sep 21 all-day

Celebrate the migration of Sandhill Cranes through Teton Valley at this 2nd annual festival! Afternoon events at the Driggs City Center include arts and crafts, entertainment, poetry contest and readings, and crane dances. Click here to learn more.

Member Appreciation Day @ International Crane Foundation
Sep 21 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Our annual Crane City tours are a highlight of Member Appreciation Day! Photo by DZ Johnson

Your membership makes a difference for cranes worldwide, and we want to thank you for your support. Please join us for this fun-filled day with behind-the-scenes tours, special programs and lectures – dedicated to you! Click here to learn more.

Sep
30
Mon
Whooping Crane Ambassador Training @ The Ornithology Center at Eagle Creek
Sep 30 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

You are invited to become a Whooping Crane Ambassador for the International Crane Foundation! We need you to help us raise awareness and appreciation for cranes in your local communities.

Please join us for this FREE three-hour training, in which you will become a crane expert and help us plan our outreach activities for the winter 2019-20 season.

The first hour will be for new volunteers, although all are welcome to attend. We will provide an overview of Whooping Crane ecology and conservation history.

Dinner, beverages and a t-shirt will be provided!

To RSVP, please email Lizzie Condon or call 608-356-9462 ext. 142. RSVP by Sept. 6, 2019.

Oct
1
Tue
Whooping Crane Ambassador Training @ Pourhouse Cafe
Oct 1 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

You are invited to become a Whooping Crane Ambassador for the International Crane Foundation! We need you to help us raise awareness and appreciation for cranes in your local communities.

Please join us for this FREE three-hour training, in which you will become a crane expert and help us plan our outreach activities for the winter 2019-20 season.

The first hour will be for new volunteers, although all are welcome to attend. We will provide an overview of Whooping Crane ecology and conservation history.

Dinner, beverages and a t-shirt will be provided!

To RSVP, please email Lizzie Condon or call 608-356-9462 ext. 142. RSVP by Sept. 6, 2019.

Oct
2
Wed
Whooping Crane Ambassador Training @ The Nature Center at Wesselman Woods
Oct 2 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

You are invited to become a Whooping Crane Ambassador for the International Crane Foundation! We need you to help us raise awareness and appreciation for cranes in your local communities.

Please join us for this FREE three-hour training, in which you will become a crane expert and help us plan our outreach activities for the winter 2019-20 season.

The first hour will be for new volunteers, although all are welcome to attend. We will provide an overview of Whooping Crane ecology and conservation history.

Dinner, beverages and a t-shirt will be provided!

To RSVP, please email Lizzie Condon or call 608-356-9462 ext. 142. RSVP by Sept. 6, 2019.

Oct
3
Thu
Whooping Crane Ambassador Training @ Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Ctr.
Oct 3 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

You are invited to become a Whooping Crane Ambassador for the International Crane Foundation! We need you to help us raise awareness and appreciation for cranes in your local communities.

Please join us for this FREE three-hour training, in which you will become a crane expert and help us plan our outreach activities for the winter 2019-20 season.

The first hour will be for new volunteers, although all are welcome to attend. We will provide an overview of Whooping Crane ecology and conservation history.

Dinner, beverages and a t-shirt will be provided!

To RSVP, please email Lizzie Condon or call 608-356-9462 ext. 142. RSVP by Sept. 6, 2019.

Oct
4
Fri
Harvest Moon Festival @ Lussier Family Heritage Center
Oct 4 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Stop by the International Crane Foundation’s exhibit at the Harvest Moon Festival on Oct. 4, 2019, in Madison, Wisconsin. Celebrate the beginning of autumn while learning about cranes and our global conservation programs!