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International Crane Foundation



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.

Slow but a Win – Local Community Engagement to Secure Cranes and Wetlands in Uganda
Sep 10 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Photo by Jim Harris

Join us for our webinar with East Africa Regional Manager Adalbert Aine-omucunguzi on Thursday, Sept. 10, at 11 a.m. Central Time. Click here to register.

One of Africa’s most beloved birds is in serious trouble. The Grey Crowned Crane—once common across the wetlands and grasslands of eastern Africa—has declined by more than 80% over the last 25 years and is now an endangered species. A rapidly growing human population, lack of sustainable livelihoods for the humans who share their landscapes with cranes and a decline in agricultural productivity are increasing demands for land and water. These pressures are driving agricultural encroachment into wetlands, which reduces access to clean water and threatens cranes and other biodiversity. This anthropogenic pressure also undermines environmental health, human health and wellbeing, and exposes peat to aerial oxidation, emitting greenhouse gases.

This webinar will discuss how we are engaging communities in Uganda to take action to save wetlands in a manner that respects and addresses the challenges they face in meeting their daily needs while benefiting cranes and other wildlife.

Turning Threats Into Opportunities – A Global Review of Threats to Cranes and How We Are Resolving Them
Sep 17 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Artwork by David Rankin

Join us for our webinar with Asia Program Manager and Grants Officer Claire Mirande, Research Wildlife Biologist (Emeritus) at the USGS Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center Jane Austin, and President and CEO Rich Beilfuss on Thursday, Sept. 17, at 11 a.m. Central Time. Click here to register.

The landmark International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Crane Conservation Strategy published in 2019 provides a wealth of new information to guide the conservation of the world’s fifteen species of cranes and the ecosystems where they occur. The publication reflects the work and knowledge of dozens of devoted colleagues in the IUCN Crane Specialist Group. It updates and builds upon the group’s first report, The Cranes: Status Survey and Conservation Action Plan (1996). As such, it charts a comprehensive course forward for crane conservation, synthesizing information on the challenges and opportunities that face the world’s cranes and all who care about them.

While we should be troubled by the daunting array of continuing and emerging threats confronting the world’s cranes, we should also take heart in the creative solutions being undertaken to effectively address these problems. In our talk, we provide an overview of the top threats faced by cranes related to water, agriculture, and threats that affect the survival or breeding success of cranes. We will share stories of the diverse efforts to address these problems and share our vision on the challenges and opportunities before us as we work to secure a resilient future for cranes and the ecosystems they inhabit.

Are You My Mother? Unique Ways to Raise and Release Whooping Cranes Into the Wild
Sep 24 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Photo by Tom Lynn

Join us for our webinar with North America Program Crane Analyst Hillary Thompson, Chick Rearing Supervisor and Senior Aviculturist Marianne Wellington, and Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Wildlife Technician Eva Szyszkoski on Thursday, Sept. 24, at 11 a.m. Central Time. Click here to register.

Endangered Whooping Cranes were once almost extinct. Through many conservation efforts and reintroductions, there are now over 800 of them in the world. This total includes two reintroduced populations in areas where Whooping Cranes once called home. But how did they get there? Learn about some of the innovative ways we raise Whooping Cranes in captivity and how we release them into the wetlands of Wisconsin and Louisiana.

Madison FUN Bird and Nature Outing @ Aldo Leopold Nature Center
Sep 26 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Join our staff for a free, family-friendly, naturalist-led hike from the Aldo Leopold Nature Center in Madison, Wisconsin, on Saturday, Sept. 26, at 10 a.m. Central Time.

Meet at Aldo Leopold Nature Center in the first lot on the right, gather in the nature center lobby or on the back deck.

Please call 608-221-0404 or email [email protected] for more information.

Creating Conservation Leaders at the International Crane Foundation
Oct 1 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Photo by Hillary Thompson

Join us for our webinar with Whooping Crane Outreach Coordinator Lizzie Condon, Education Program Coordinator Ben Lam and President and CEO Rich Beilfuss on Thursday, Oct. 1, at 11 a.m. Central Time. Click here to register.

The International Crane Foundation values the future of conservation, and our internship program has been producing future conservation leaders for decades. Past intern and current President and CEO Rich Beilfuss will introduce a few of this year’s interns and talk about the value of training conservation leaders. Past interns and current staff members Lizzie Condon and Ben Lam will also talk about their experiences in the internship program, and highlight other former interns who have made an impact on the world of conservation. 

Three current interns on our Education and Outreach team will participate in a conversation with Lizzie and Ben, and we will take questions from the audience about what it’s like to be an intern at the International Crane Foundation. 

Virtual Harvest Moon Festival
Oct 2 – Oct 4 all-day

The Harvest Moon Festival is going virtual Oct. 2 to 4, 2020. Celebrate the beginning of autumn while learning about cranes and our global conservation programs through our video exhibit! Learn more and register for this free event.

An Introduction to Prairie Ecology and Restoration at the International Crane Foundation
Oct 8 @ 11:00 pm – Oct 9 @ 12:00 pm

Photo by Tom Lynn

Join us for our webinar with Sandhill Crane Project Manager Andy Gossens on Thursday, Oct. 8, at 11 a.m. Central Time. Click here to register.

Prairies were once the largest continuous ecosystem in North America, stretching from the Rocky Mountains east to Indiana, and from Saskatchewan to Texas. With European settlement, however, much of this landscape was lost due to conversion to agriculture. At the International Crane Foundation’s headquarters in Baraboo, Wisconsin, our global work to preserve and restore ecosystems important to cranes can be seen on a local scale through our efforts to re-establish the native landscape within our 260-acre site. Forty years after initiating restoration work, these former pasture and crop fields now help us illustrate the importance of diverse natural lands to visitors from all over the world.     

This webinar will introduce you to North American prairies and the qualities that make up this important ecosystem. In addition, we will discuss the process of prairie restoration with a focus on work that the International Crane Foundation has been involved with over the years to re-establish the native prairie, wetland and savanna communities found at our headquarters.  

Waunakee Public Library Cranes and Culture Zoom Program
Oct 9 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Join our educators as they share folk stories about cranes from all around the world! This Zoom program will be a fun, active way for your young Craniacs to learn about cranes and culture. Click here to register for this free event.