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International Crane Foundation

 

Events

Dec
21
Fri
Christmas at the Zoo @ Indianapolis Zoo
Dec 21 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Visit with our staff Dec. 21 and 22 during Christmas at the Zoo at the Indianapolis Zoo! Learn more about this annual tradition.

Dec
22
Sat
Christmas at the Zoo @ Indianapolis Zoo
Dec 22 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Visit with our staff Dec. 21 and 22 during Christmas at the Zoo at the Indianapolis Zoo! Learn more about this annual tradition.

Jan
3
Thu
Wild About Whooping Cranes @ Decatur Public Library
Jan 3 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Join us for this free program for adults and older children by our Whooping Crane Outreach Program Assistant Lexi Eiler. The program focuses on Whooping Cranes – particularly in Alabama – and what the International Crane Foundation is doing to help the species.

Jan
10
Thu
Festival of the Cranes @ Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge
Jan 10 – Jan 13 all-day

The seventh annual Festival of the Cranes is going to be the biggest year yet! Every year the Wheeler Refuge Association, a group of volunteers that supports Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge, plans a fantastic weekend of crane viewing, music, storytelling, live raptors and other fun events. This year’s festival is expanded, starting on Thursday, Jan. 10 and going through Sunday, Jan. 13.

Highlights include:

•  Magnificent crane viewing throughout the festival, including thousands of Sandhill Cranes and the extremely rare Whooping Crane. View these beautiful birds from Wheeler’s visitor center and heated observation building. Entrance to Wheeler is free!

•  A new documentary called Journey of the Whooping Crane will be showing at the Alabama Center for the Arts on Thursday, Jan. 10. Filmmaker Rhett Turner will be there to answer your questions about Whooping Cranes!

•  Grammy award-winning musician John Paul White will perform at the Princess Theater on Friday, Jan. 11. Get your tickets before it sells out!

•  Ibex Puppetry will put on an epic puppetry performance on Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Princess Theater.

•  Check out a beautiful, crane-inspired art installation by Birmingham artist, Doug Baulos, at the Carnegie Visual Arts Center.

•  Children’s activities are offered Saturday and Sunday at the Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge visitor center throughout the day, including performances by Teddy Roosevelt!

This year’s festival will be the best one yet. Please visit the festival’s Facebook page for more information. You can view a full schedule of events here.

Parking at Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge is very limited. The best place to park is at the lot north of the Princess Theater in downtown Decatur. A $2 round trip shuttle bus will take you to and from Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge. It will be running on Saturday and Sunday only.

Although Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge is a federal facility, the Wheeler Refuge Association has worked hard to ensure that the refuge buildings will be open to the public for the festival, regardless of whether or not the federal government shutdown ends before the festival.

Jan
15
Tue
Pizza and Crane Conservation! @ Pizza Ranch of Baraboo
Jan 15 @ 4:15 pm – 8:15 pm

The International Crane Foundation is hosting a Community Impact Fundraising Event in coordination with Pizza Ranch of Baraboo on Tuesday, Jan. 15, from 4:15 – 8:15 p.m. Our staff and volunteers will be on hand as guest servers, and a percentage of total sales will be donated to support crane conservation. We hope you can join us and dine in or order takeout on the fly!

Jan
24
Thu
Ajijaak on Turtle Island – Benefit at the Al. Ringling Theatre @ Al. Ringling Theatre
Jan 24 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Tickets are on sale now for a Broadway production coming to Baraboo, Wisconsin in January, when Ajijaak on Turtle Island takes the stage at the historic Al. Ringling Theatre. Click here to purchase tickets!

This lavish production is the latest of Heather Henson, daughter of Jim Henson, and founder of IBEX Puppetry. Only two public performances will be held in Wisconsin Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019, and Friday, Jan. 25, 2019, at 7:30 p.m. Both performances benefit the Al. Ringling Theatre and the International Crane Foundation, who are partnering to bring this production to Wisconsin.

The contemporary artistic spectacle invites theatergoers to follow Ajijaak, a young Whooping Crane separated from her parents, tracing her first migratory journey alone through the richness of indigenous culture and themes of survival and perseverance in a luscious demonstration of the tender interconnectivity of all living things. View the trailer for the performance.

Henson is best known for her environmental spectacles, original performances designed to provide a transformative experience for the audience through the use of non-traditional storytelling. She blends the disciplines of puppetry, dance and kiting with evocative sound and light effects to create immersive, interactive presentations that engage all of the senses and awaken the soul.

The performance is co-directed and written by Ty Defoe, an Ojibwa and Oneida performance artist, originally from Wisconsin and now living in New York City. The production features a variety of traditional Native American dances, songs and an original score composed by DeFoe and other musical collaborators. Indigenous imagery and breathtaking original puppet creations, some towering on stage over 20 feet in height, add to the storytelling.

Henson, Defoe and IBEX Puppetry Studio are offering this production in only four cities in the United States, including New York City, Chicago, Rhode Island and Baraboo. While in Baraboo, the company will be offering two complementary matinee performances beginning at 10 a.m. for students. Click here for a first-come, first-served reservation for your classroom!

Tickets are $55 and $75 for main floor seats. Full boxes also are available and include a private reception, with a meet and greet following the performance. Tickets may also be purchased at the Al. Ringling Theatre box office, 136 Fourth Avenue, Baraboo, Wisconsin, and by phone at 608-356-8864.

Sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact the International Crane Foundation or the Al. Ringling Theatre for more details.

Jan
25
Fri
Ajijaak on Turtle Island – Benefit at the Al. Ringling Theatre @ Al. Ringling Theatre
Jan 25 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Tickets are on sale now for a Broadway production coming to Baraboo, Wisconsin in January, when Ajijaak on Turtle Island takes the stage at the historic Al. Ringling Theatre. Click here to purchase tickets!

This lavish production is the latest of Heather Henson, daughter of Jim Henson, and founder of IBEX Puppetry. Only two public performances will be held in Wisconsin Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019, and Friday, Jan. 25, 2019, at 7:30 p.m. Both performances benefit the Al. Ringling Theatre and the International Crane Foundation, who are partnering to bring this production to Wisconsin.

The contemporary artistic spectacle invites theatergoers to follow Ajijaak, a young Whooping Crane separated from her parents, tracing her first migratory journey alone through the richness of indigenous culture and themes of survival and perseverance in a luscious demonstration of the tender interconnectivity of all living things. View the trailer for the performance.

Henson is best known for her environmental spectacles, original performances designed to provide a transformative experience for the audience through the use of non-traditional storytelling. She blends the disciplines of puppetry, dance and kiting with evocative sound and light effects to create immersive, interactive presentations that engage all of the senses and awaken the soul.

The performance is co-directed and written by Ty Defoe, an Ojibwa and Oneida performance artist, originally from Wisconsin and now living in New York City. The production features a variety of traditional Native American dances, songs and an original score composed by DeFoe and other musical collaborators. Indigenous imagery and breathtaking original puppet creations, some towering on stage over 20 feet in height, add to the storytelling.

Henson, Defoe and IBEX Puppetry Studio are offering this production in only four cities in the United States, including New York City, Chicago, Rhode Island and Baraboo. While in Baraboo, the company will be offering two complementary matinee performances beginning at 10 a.m. for students. Click here for a first-come, first-served reservation for your classroom!

Tickets are $55 and $75 for main floor seats. Full boxes also are available and include a private reception, with a meet and greet following the performance. Tickets may also be purchased at the Al. Ringling Theatre box office, 136 Fourth Avenue, Baraboo, Wisconsin, and by phone at 608-356-8864.

Sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact the International Crane Foundation or the Al. Ringling Theatre for more details.

Jan
27
Sun
Boreal Wings Gala with George Archibald @ Springbrook Nature Center
Jan 27 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Save the date for Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019, for the Boreal Wings Gala with Friends of Sax Zim Bog. Our Co-founder George Archibald is the keynote speaker, followed by a silent auction, appetizers and more! Click here to learn more.

Jan
31
Thu
Birds and Brews @ Huntsville Botanical Gardens
Jan 31 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Join us for an entertaining evening and raise a glass to our avian community! We’ll enjoy brews from Below the Radar, Domino’s pizza, and lively dance music by Calypso Vision. Test your birding knowledge with a game of trivia and learn a few new facts about the endangered Whooping Crane from our outreach staff – and don’t forget to browse our migrating gift shop! Click here to learn more about the event and purchase tickets.

Feb
21
Thu
Whooping Crane Festival @ Port Aransas Civic Center
Feb 21 – Feb 24 all-day

Don’t miss the 23rd Annual Whooping Crane Festival in Port Aransas, Texas Feb. 21-24, 2019!

Festival highlights include our Co-founder George Archibald’s presentation “Cranes of the World” on Friday, Feb. 22, from 9 to 10 a.m., followed by a signing of George’s book “My Life with Cranes” from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. George also will be on the Saturday morning boat tour. In addition, our Director of North America Programs Liz Smith will speak on Saturday, Feb. 23, from 2 to 3 p.m.

Stop by our booth at the Civic Center, where you can learn more about Whooping Cranes and our global programs. Our Whooping Crane mascot Hope will be making guest appearances at various locations throughout the festival.

Click here to learn more!