International Crane Foundation



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.

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!

Marsh Madness Sandhill Crane Festival @ Goose Pond Fish and Wildlife Area
Mar 1 – Mar 2 all-day

Join us at the annual Marsh Madness Sandhill (and Whooping!) Crane Festival at Goose Pond Fish and Wildlife Area in southwestern Indiana. This grassroots event coincides with the peak crane and waterfowl migration at Goose Pond. Events include bus and self-guided tours, presentation and kid’s activities. Click here to learn more.

Working with Whooping Cranes @ University of Tennessee Veterinary Medicine Building, Room 118
Mar 6 @ 6:45 pm – 7:45 pm

Join us at the monthly meeting of the Knoxville Chapter of the Tennessee Ornithological Society for a presentation by our Whooping Crane Outreach Program Assistant on the history of Whooping Crane conservation, an update on the current population, and an overview of our outreach program.

Monte Vista Crane Festival @ Ski-Hi Complex
Mar 8 – Mar 10 all-day

Where the cranes meet the mountains –  enjoy thousands of Sandhill Cranes and waterfowl against a backdrop of beauty at the Monte Vista Crane Festival March 8-10, 2019. Activities include crane sunrise and sunset tours, birding field trips, brewery tours, a craft/nature fair and keynote speakers. Click here to learn more.

Audubon’s Nebraska Crane Festival @ Holiday Inn and Convention Center
Mar 21 – Mar 24 all-day

Join us at Audubon’s Nebraska Crane Festival March 21 – 24, 2019, in Kearny! Bringing together Craniacs from around the world, this annual festival offers incredible birding trips, a wide range of environmental speakers, and, best of all, the world’s largest gathering of Sandhill Cranes.

A highlight of this year’s festival is the presentation by our Crane Research Coordinator Anne Lacy – “The Trumpet in the Orchestra of Evolution: The Story of the Sandhill Crane In North America” – on Saturday from 10 to 10:50 a.m. Don’t forget to stop by our booth, where you can learn more about Sandhill Cranes and our global programs while browsing unique merchandise from our migrating gift shop!

Click here to view the festival schedule.

Othello Sandhill Crane Festival @ Othello, Washington
Mar 22 – Mar 24 all-day

Don’t miss the 22nd Annual Othello Sandhill Crane Festival March 22 – 24, 2019! The festival celebrates the Sandhill Crane spring migration through Washington and includes a variety of unique presentations. Click here to learn more.

Cranes: Flagships for Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Livelihoods in Africa @ African Wildlife Foundation
Apr 2 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Live stream our President and CEO Rich Beilfuss’ upcoming presentation “Cranes: Flagships for Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Livelihoods in Africa” with the Africa Biodiversity Collaborative Group in Washington, D.C. Tuesday, April 2, at 12 noon eastern time. Click here to learn more.

Annual Midwest Crane Count
Apr 13 @ 5:30 am – 7:30 am

Join over 1,000 volunteers across the upper Midwest to monitor the return of Sandhill and Whooping Cranes to their northern breeding grounds. Click here to learn more and to get involved!

AZA Party for the Planet Volunteer Work Day @ International Crane Foundation
Apr 20 all-day

Spring into Action for Cranes this Earth Day!

The International Crane Foundation will host a family volunteer opportunity to recognize Earth Day on Saturday, April 20, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at its headquarters in Baraboo, Wisconsin.

“We are excited to host a Party for the Planet event and restore natural crane habitat within Sauk County,” said Andy Gossens, International Crane Foundation’s North American Crane Project Manager. “This event will offer individuals and families a hands-on opportunity to learn about their local AZA-accredited zoo and aquarium, celebrate the Earth’s biodiversity and discover how they can take action to make a difference in their own backyard.”

What better way to celebrate Earth Day than by springing into action and working with your community to better our planet? AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums across North America, including the International Crane Foundation, are throwing a Party for the Planet, making it one of the largest combined Earth Day celebrations this year.

Local AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums are the perfect places to connect with nature and conservation in your community.

As part of the Party for the Planet “Spring into Action” initiative, staff at the International Crane Foundation will coordinate volunteers to improve crane habitat at its facility by providing maintenance to its existing tallgrass prairies, clearing and cutting brush, and removing invasive species as part of this stewardship activity and family volunteer opportunity.

Beginning in fall 2018, the International Crane Foundation embarked on a $10 million expansion and renovation. Improvements include a new visitor center and ten updated crane exhibits. As a result, the International Crane Foundation headquarters will be closed for the 2019 visitor season.

“We plan on reopening the site in 2020,” said Pamela Seelman, International Crane Foundation Marketing Communications Director. “This event is evidence that we’re open for business on five continents and more than 50 countries, carrying out our worldwide conservation efforts, even while our visitor center is closed for renovation.”

The International Crane Foundation works across the globe to conserve cranes and the ecosystems, watersheds and flyways on which they depend, Seelman added.

Activities will take place rain or shine. Registration is required, as space is limited. Contact Cully Shelton at 608-356-9462 ext. 114 or email cshelton@savingcranes.org to reserve your spot. Space is limited.

Snacks and tools will be provided. Volunteers are encouraged to bring a water bottle, pair of leather work gloves, and wear layers of clothing appropriate for the weather, such as long sleeved shirt, long pants and closed toed shoes.