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Events

Jan
14
Thu
An Exciting Year Ahead in the World of Crane Conservation
Jan 14 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join our President and CEO Rich Beilfuss for his webinar on Thursday, Jan. 14, at 11 a.m. Central Time! Click here to register.

Rich will share stories and insights about the coming year in crane conservation and our transformational projects to secure cranes, the wetlands, watersheds and flyways they depend on, and the communities who share these lands.

Our work includes sustainable livelihoods, thriving floodplains for people and wildlife, and carbon trading to save vital crane landscapes in Africa. We will explore best management practices across vast flyways, new protected landscapes and the role of Sarus Rice to save cranes in Asia.  And we will look at the year ahead for saving our rarest crane – the Whooping Crane – and keeping our most abundant crane – the Sandhill Crane – abundant.  Join us for a preview of an exciting year to come! 

Jan
21
Thu
Crane Conservation in the Kingdom of Bhutan
Jan 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Since 1996, the International Crane Foundation has worked with the Royal Society for the Protection of Nature (RSPN) in Bhutan to study and protect Black-necked Cranes and their habitats. In the winter, the Kingdom of Bhutan is home to around 600 Black-necked Cranes migrating from their breeding grounds in the upper Tibetan plateau. The Kingdom’s high-altitude wetland habitats are ecologically rich, and the surrounding communities are deeply interwoven with vibrant cultural histories and living traditions.

Explore the many ways Bhutanese culture intersects with conservation strategies, policies, research and protected area designations for Black-necked Cranes. Please join us for remarkable stories of cranes and the people committed to their protection in Bhutan, the Land of the Thunder Dragon, with Dr. George Archibald, Co-Founder of the International Crane Foundation; Jigme Tshering, Communications and Education Division Chief with RSPN; and David M. Hecht, Ph.D. candidate in Integrative Conservation and Anthropology at the University of Georgia. Click here to register.

 

Jan
28
Thu
Switching the Curve – What It Takes to Reverse the Decline of Three Crane Species
Jan 28 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

South Africa’s eastern provinces of Mpumalanga, Free State, KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape were once home to tens of thousands of Blue Cranes, their national bird and near-endemic species. But like Grey Crowned and Wattled Cranes, Grey Crowned Cranes suffered dramatic declines of up to 80% in the region, known for its rolling grasslands, fertile soils and abundant wetlands. In the early 1980s, conservationists raised the alarm – South Africa’s national bird and other two crane species could disappear if nothing was done to halt their declines.

Join South African Regional Manager Tanya Smith next Thursday, Jan. 28, at 11 a.m. Central Time for an overview of South Africa’s three crane species and the role of long-term conservation actions in reversing their declines. Click here to register.

 

 

Feb
4
Thu
Creating Communities That Give a Whoop About Cranes
Feb 4 @ 11:00 pm – 12:00 pm

Photo by Tom Lynn

In the late 1800s and early 1900s, unregulated hunting was a major contributing factor to the near extinction of Whooping Cranes. Today, we have come a long way with the conservation of this species, although shootings continue to occur. Since Whooping Cranes were listed as federally endangered in 1967, there have been 33 confirmed shooting incidents taking 43 individuals.

Join Lizzie Condon, the Whooping Crane Outreach Coordinator for the eastern flyway, on Thursday, Feb. 4, at 11 a.m. Central Time to hear what the International Crane Foundation has learned from past shooting cases. Lizzie will also discuss the innovative strategies we are using to address this issue in communities where Whooping Cranes occur. Click here to register.

Feb
17
Wed
Let’s Learn About Cranes – The Flying Kind @ Oregon Community Education and Recreation
Feb 17 @ 3:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Fun and learning await! Educators from the International Crane Foundation will lead live online classes for your kids to learn about cranes and wetlands on Feb. 17 and 18 from 3:30 to 4 p.m. Central Time. This course will be fun and interactive and is an exciting alternative to visiting the Foundation’s headquarters, which is closed until May 2021.  Led by Whooping Crane Outreach Program Assistant Sophie Wolbert. Fee: $8. Click here to register – coming soon.

Feb
18
Thu
Highlights of Blue Crane Conservation in the Karoo Region of South Africa
Feb 18 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join our Highland Grassland Field Officer Bradley Gibbons and Blue Crane Ph.D. Candidate and Western Cape Field Officer, Leiden Conservation Graduate Fellow Christie Craig for their webinar on Thursday, Feb. 18, at 11 a.m. Central Time. Click here to register.

An estimated 30 percent of the world’s Blue Cranes population is found in the Karoo region of South Africa, a semi-arid area that is largely in a natural state and thus undeveloped. Therefore, the Karoo has the largest population of Blue Cranes in a natural and scenic habitat.

Bradley will share highlights of his eight years of Blue Crane conservation in the Karoo, and Christie will share some preliminary research results of her research over the last two years in the region.

Let’s Learn About Cranes – The Flying Kind @ Oregon Community Education and Recreation
Feb 18 @ 3:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Fun and learning await! Educators from the International Crane Foundation will lead live online classes for your kids to learn about cranes and wetlands on Feb. 17 and 18 from 3:30 to 4 p.m. Central Time. This course will be fun and interactive and is an exciting alternative to visiting the Foundation’s headquarters, which is closed until May 2021.  Led by Whooping Crane Outreach Program Assistant Sophie Wolbert. Fee: $8. Click here to register – coming soon.

Dancing With Cranes: Their Story is My Story
Feb 18 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join our friends at the Indianapolis Zoo for a special live conversation on Thursday, Feb. 18, at 6 p.m. Eastern Time with the very first Indianapolis Prize Winner Dr. George Archibald.

Co-founder of the International Crane Foundation, George’s unique approaches — including dancing — turned into a remarkable relationship with a Whooping Crane named Tex that led to the recovery of the critically endangered species.

Hosted by Indianapolis Zoo Board of Trustees member Christa Adkins, George will share his story during the virtual event and answer participants’ questions. Click here to register.

Feb
20
Sat
PBS Wisconsin Virtual Garden and Landscape Expo
Feb 20 – Feb 21 all-day

Mark your calendars! The International Crane Foundation is a major sponsor of the 2021 first-ever PBS Wisconsin Virtual Garden & Landscape Expo Feb. 20 and 21.

Our President and CEO Rich Beilfuss and Co-founder George Archibald will be offering their Cranes on the Landscape presentation Sunday, Feb. 21, from 4 to 5 p.m. Central Time.

We also will offer mission moments and feature items for sale at Craneshop.org, our online gift shop where all purchases support our mission, during two virtual marketplace events both days from 11 a.m. to noon and 6 to 7 p.m., Central Time.

Virtual attendees of the free event will enjoy two full days of live and interactive educational sessions with experts and gardening professionals, a live exhibitor mall and virtual garden tours captured at the peak of the summer season.

Learn more and register at Garden Expo.

Feb
27
Sat
Marsh Madness Sandhill Crane Festival
Feb 27 all-day

The annual Marsh Madness Sandhill (and Whooping!) Crane Festival at Goose Pond Fish and Wildlife Area in Indiana is going virtual! This grassroots event coincides with the peak crane and waterfowl migration at Goose Pond. Click here to check out our video and to learn more.