Join our staff at the Horicon Marsh Outdoor Field Day on Saturday, August 3. Learn about birding – including Whooping Cranes – and other outdoor activities at this free open house. Click here to learn more.
Join us for a presentation on Endangered Whooping Cranes – and meet our Whooping Crane mascot Hope – on Saturday, Aug. 17, at Mirror Lake State Park in Baraboo, Wisconsin. Click here to learn more about events at the park.
Visit us at The Summer Bodega on Aug. 22 from 5 to 9 p.m. in Madison, Wisconsin! Our staff with be hosting the Nature Net booth at the event. Stop by to check out our educational materials and handouts, simple crafts and activities, and a special appearance by Hope the Whooping Crane! Learn more about this fabulous evening.
Learn about our work to save the world’s cranes and get an update on our current headquarter’s renovation at the Stoughton Area Senior Center on Tuesday, Aug. 27. Learn more about the center’s activities.
Stop by the International Crane Foundation’s exhibit and “Migrating Gift Shop” at the Walk in the Woods Art Fair in Kenosha, Wisconsin on September 7, 2019. Learn about our global programs and shop for a cause! Click here to learn more.
Join us for a fun-packed day of family-friendly festivities, including guest speakers, craft fair, children’s activities, silent auction and delicious food! Explore White River Marsh State Wildlife Area and celebrate our ongoing efforts to save the Endangered Whooping Crane from extinction. And don’t miss our “Migrating Gift Shop”! Click here to learn more.
Peace in the Korean peninsula has never been closer. How can we use crane conservation between North and South Korea to strengthen collaboration and safeguard the existence of these endangered and culturally significant birds for future generations?
The Cheorwon Plain, located south of the Demilitarized Zone in South Korea, is an important staging and wintering area for Red-crowned and White-naped Cranes in East Asia, as well as numerous other species. Elsewhere in their range, these species are declining, but in Cheorwon numbers are increasing as the birds find safe haven in the traditional rice paddies and wetlands. However, the crane sites along the DMZ are under increasing threat as relations between the two nations move toward peace.
Hear from local conservationists and government leaders how they are working together with the International Crane Foundation and local farmers along the DMZ to lead efforts to protect the remarkable diversity of cranes and other wildlife for all countries of the East Asian Flyway and the world.
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.
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.