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Aug
13
Thu
Understanding the Future of the Agriculturally Dependent Blue Crane in the Western Cape, South Africa
Aug 13 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Photo by Mark Anderson

Join us for our webinar with Blue Crane Ph.D. Candidate, Western Cape Field Officer and Leiden Conservation Graduate Fellow Christie Craig on Thursday, August 13, at 11 a.m. Central Time. Click here to register.

The Blue Crane is the world’s most range-restricted crane species, occurring mainly in South Africa with a tiny population in Namibia. In the late 1900s, the Blue Crane population declined rapidly in their natural grassland habitat. Fortuitously, at much the same time, the Blue Crane was colonizing a new area of the country, the wheatlands of the Western Cape. Today more than half of the world’s Blue Cranes are now found in this intensively farmed area of South Africa. This change poses some unique conservation challenges, as cranes are living near people and livestock.

In this webinar, we will explore the interesting history of how the Blue Crane came to be in the Western Cape and how they adapted to this agricultural landscape. Our work in this region is focused on understanding the resilience of this population through a four-year Ph.D. project, looking at the trends in Blue Crane numbers, the threats facing this species and the opportunities for future conservation. Ph.D. candidate and field officer Christie Craig will share some of the early findings from the research so far and some of the exciting plans to come. 

This research is funded by the Leiden Conservation Fund and South African power utility Eskom.

Aug
18
Tue
Virtual Birdfair
Aug 18 – Aug 23 all-day

The annual Birdfair in Rutland, England is going virtual! Click here to learn more.

Aug
20
Thu
Sandhill Cranes – Who, What, Where and Why?
Aug 20 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Photo by Ted Thousand

Join us for our webinar with Crane Research Coordinator Anne Lacy on Thursday, August 20, at 11 a.m. Central Time. Click here to register.

This more in-depth talk will look at the ecology of our beloved Sandhill Cranes. Using data from our long-term study area in Wisconsin, we will explore a few of the traits that make cranes famous, including longevity – how long can  they live? – fidelity – they get divorced?? – and other fascinating stories from watching a marked population for over 30 years. We also will gain insight into how Sandhill Crane ecology informs us about other, more endangered, crane species.

Aug
26
Wed
Crane Camp 2020 – Kindergarten through Second Grade
Aug 26 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

We are excited to offer a virtual camp experience this summer for your young Craniacs! Crane Camp is a free, hour-long virtual camp full of crane-themed games, stories and other activities led by our outstanding educators. Each camper will receive a special Crane Camp Kit by mail!

Sessions 1 and 3 are for grades K to 2 and will be held Wednesday, Aug. 26 and Thursday, Aug. 27 from 10 to 11 a.m. CDT.

Crane Camp has a limited number of spots, so registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Registration for International Crane Foundation members begins on July 27 and opens for nonmembers on July 30. Registration is limited to U.S. residents due to mailing restrictions for the
Crane Camp Kits.

To register, please submit this Google Form (one per child) by Monday, August 10.

Crane Camp 2020 – Third through Fifth Grade
Aug 26 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

We are excited to offer a virtual camp experience this summer for your young Craniacs! Crane Camp is a free, hour-long virtual camp full of crane-themed games, stories and other activities led by our outstanding educators. Each camper will receive a special Crane Camp Kit by mail!

Sessions 2 and 4 are for grades 3 to 5 and will be held Wednesday, Aug. 26 and Thursday, Aug. 27 from 2 to 3 p.m. CDT.

Crane Camp has a limited number of spots, so registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Registration for International Crane Foundation members begins on July 27 and opens for nonmembers on July 30. Registration is limited to U.S. residents due to mailing restrictions for the
Crane Camp Kits.

To register, please submit this Google Form (one per child) by Monday, August 10.

Aug
27
Thu
Crane Camp 2020 – Kindergarten through Second Grade
Aug 27 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

We are excited to offer a virtual camp experience this summer for your young Craniacs! Crane Camp is a free, hour-long virtual camp full of crane-themed games, stories and other activities led by our outstanding educators. Each camper will receive a special Crane Camp Kit by mail!

Sessions 1 and 3 are for grades K to 2 and will be held Wednesday, Aug. 26 and Thursday, Aug. 27 from 10 to 11 a.m. CDT.

Crane Camp has a limited number of spots, so registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Registration for International Crane Foundation members begins on July 27 and opens for nonmembers on July 30. Registration is limited to U.S. residents due to mailing restrictions for the
Crane Camp Kits.

To register, please submit this Google Form (one per child) by Monday, August 10.

Crane Camp 2020 – Third through Fifth Grade
Aug 27 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

We are excited to offer a virtual camp experience this summer for your young Craniacs! Crane Camp is a free, hour-long virtual camp full of crane-themed games, stories and other activities led by our outstanding educators. Each camper will receive a special Crane Camp Kit by mail!

Sessions 2 and 4 are for grades 3 to 5 and will be held Wednesday, Aug. 26 and Thursday, Aug. 27 from 2 to 3 p.m. CDT.

Crane Camp has a limited number of spots, so registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Registration for International Crane Foundation members begins on July 27 and opens for nonmembers on July 30. Registration is limited to U.S. residents due to mailing restrictions for the
Crane Camp Kits.

To register, please submit this Google Form (one per child) by Monday, August 10.

Mysteries of the Cranes of Australia and New Guinea
Aug 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Photo by Tim Nevard

Join us for our webinar with Co-founder George Archibald and Tim Nevard, Co-founder of the Wildlife Conservancy of Tropical Queensland (now Forever Wild) and Adjunct Professor at James Cook University, on Thursday, Aug. 27, at 7 p.m. Central Time. Click here to register.

George’s involvement with Queensland’s Atherton Tablelands and Gulf Plains stretches back over three decades. George studied breeding behavior of Brolgas and Sarus on the Aboriginal owned and operated Delta Downs cattle station and flocking and foraging behavior among the farms of the Atherton Tablelands. Tim’s work with Australasian cranes includes the creation of a major roost for the two species at Mareeba; genetics of hybridization and differences between the Australian and Asian subspecies of Sarus; proving Brolga and Sarus migration between the Gulf and Tablelands; and their relationships with farmers and grazers.

George and Tim’s long-term collaboration most recently led to a 2019 International Crane Foundation reconnaissance visit to Papua New Guinea, designed to identify key directions and partnerships for research and conservation of New Guinea’s large but almost entirely unknown crane populations.

It is a critical time for New Guinea’s cranes, which are coming under increased pressure from agricultural development on both the Indonesian and Papua New Guinea sides of the border. Following the establishment of a partnering arrangement with the Ok Tedi Foundation, the first project is to survey crane distribution along the Fly River, carried out by local indigenous people. This has tentatively identified the potential presence of both Sarus and Brolgas, so Coronavirus permitting, fieldwork planned for later in 2020 or 2021 will follow-up on these initial findings.

Sep
3
Thu
Yampa Valley Crane Festival
Sep 3 – Sep 6 all-day

The 9th Annual Yampa Valley Crane Festival is going online in 2020! Click here to learn more about planned events.

The Inspiration Behind a Work of Crane Art
Sep 3 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Detail of “Go Forth” by Janet Flynn

Join us for the first presentation in our Cranes and Community Virtual Art Series on Thursday, Sept. 3, at 11 a.m. Central Time! Click here to register.

Meet Sauk County artist Janet Flynn, a native of Wisconsin and longtime member of the International Crane Foundation. Janet shares her childhood and lifelong connections to nature and art, her journey to Baraboo and her discovery of the International Crane Foundation. View some of her many crane paintings created throughout her career and follow along as she explains her inspiration and process for her most recent painting, “George’s Grandchildren.”

This fall, the International Crane Foundation will host a series of five webinars showcasing artists with strong ties to Sauk County. The Cranes and Community Virtual Art Series will highlight the work of five gifted artists, including Elliott Funmaker, Sr., Ho-Chunk Native Storyteller and Dancer; Janet Flynn, Painter; Kim Russell, Illustrator; Jay Jocham, Painter and Muralist; and Masako Pellerin, Origami Artist. From the traditional art of storytelling in Ho-Chunk culture to the ancient practice of folding paper cranes in Japan, viewers will learn about different art forms, processes and techniques.

The International Crane Foundation is proud to offer a platform to these artists, and we are excited to have the opportunity to share their work with you. Artists will discuss what inspires them, talk about their artistic process, and inspire viewers to share stories and make art of their own. Viewers will be encouraged to explore their talents, feelings and beliefs to push their creative boundaries and use art as a vehicle for crane conservation, self-expression and community building.