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Behind-the-Scenes Look at Painting the International Crane Foundation Exhibit Murals
Dec 3 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Eurasian Crane mural by Jay Jocham

Join Painter and Muralist Jay Jocham and Visitor Program Manager Cully Shelton for our webinar on Thursday, Dec. 3, at 11 a.m. Central Time! Click here to register.

This fall, the International Crane Foundation is hosting a series of five webinars showcasing artists with strong ties to Sauk County, Wisconsin. The Cranes and Community Virtual Art Series highlights the work of five gifted artists, including Elliott Funmaker, Sr. (Head Singer and Leader of the Wisconsin Dells Singers and Dance Troupe), Janet Flynn (Painter), Kim Russell (Graphic Artist and Sculptor), Jay Jocham (Painter and Muralist), and Masako Pellerin (Origami Artist). From the traditional art of storytelling in Ho-Chunk culture to the ancient practice of folding paper cranes in Japan, viewers will learn about different art forms, processes and techniques.

The International Crane Foundation is proud to offer a platform to these artists, and we are excited to have the opportunity to share their work with you. Artists will discuss what inspires them, talk about their artistic process, and inspire viewers to share stories and make their own art. Viewers will be encouraged to explore their talents, feelings and beliefs to push their creative boundaries and use art as a vehicle for crane conservation, self-expression and community building.  

Jay will share his mural-painting journey at the International Crane Foundation’s headquarters from April 2019 to September 2020. The 1,100 linear feet of murals were brought to life with vision and planning and much physical and mental gymnastics.

After 190 days of painting over two springs and summers, Jay completed nearly 9,000 square feet of painted backdrops in six new crane exhibits. This artistic expedition truly was a trip of a lifetime.

Whooping Cranes on the Texas Coast – An Important Key to Their Recovery
Dec 10 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Photo by Mike Sloat

Join Director of North America Programs Liz Smith and Land and Water Conservation Director Terry Turney for our webinar on Thursday, Dec. 10, at 11 a.m. Central Time! Click here to register.

The International Crane Foundation has been conducting education and outreach activities in coastal Texas for almost 20 years. These activities increase public awareness and promote advocacy for the endangered Whooping Crane and the coastal habitats they need to survive. We are committed to continuing this role until the Whooping Crane species is fully recovered.

In 2011, we established a Texas Program office and hired a full-time employee, Dr. Liz Smith, to develop habitat conservation and restoration initiatives and achieve our program goals. In 2017, we garnered multi-year funding to increase the program staff, increasing our ability to bring science-based information into conservation planning for Whooping Crane recovery. In September, Mr. Terry Turney joined our Texas team as Director of Land and Water Conservation.

As the next phase of our Texas Program Strategic Plan, our program area will encompass a project area from Corpus Christi Bay System to Sabine Lake Bay System, which includes 18 counties (12,707 sq. mi.). Five counties encompass the current winter home for the Aransas-Wood Buffalo Population of Whooping Cranes in and around the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge. This year we begin our work in the additional 13 counties as future expansion of the winter range as the population increases.

Twelve Years of Eastern Sarus Crane Reintroduction in Thailand
Dec 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join Boripat Siriaroonrat and our Co-founder George Archibald for our webinar on Thursday, Dec. 17, at 7 p.m. Central Time! Click here to register.

Festival of the Cranes @ Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge
Jan 7 – Jan 9 all-day

The annual Festival of the Cranes in Decatur, Alabama, is from January 7 to 9, 2021! Every year the Wheeler Refuge Association plans a fantastic weekend of crane viewing, music, storytelling, live raptors and other fun events. Learn more about the festival. For information on the festival’s “Wild About Whoopers” activities at the Cook Museum of Natural Science, click here.

Virtual Tennessee Sandhill Crane Festival @ Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge
Jan 11 – Jan 17 all-day

Mark your calendars for the Virtual Tennessee Sandhill Crane Festival starting on Jan. 11 through Jan. 17, 2021! Click here to learn more.

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! 

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.


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.



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.

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.