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International Crane Foundation

 

Events

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!

Oct
8
Tue
Culver’s Share Night in Support of Cranes @ Culver's of Baraboo
Oct 8 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Hungry? Join us at Culver’s of Baraboo between 4 and 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 8, for a delicious meal – or custard! A percentage of all sales will be donated to support our global mission.

Oct
12
Sat
Wondrous Wetlands Watercolor Workshop @ Olbrich Botanical Gardens
Oct 12 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am

Join artist Janet Flynn and the International Crane Foundation staff for a morning of watercolor creation and Whooping Crane discovery. You will leave with your own watercolor and a new appreciation for the importance of wetlands for cranes and humans. No experience needed to enjoy this workshop – beginners are encouraged to join. All supplies provided. Click here to register by Oct. 4

Instructors: Janet Flynn, Artist with International Crane Foundation

Cost: $38/$30 member | Course Number: 21-28