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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.

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.

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 [email protected] 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.

Horicon Marsh Bird Festival @ Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center
May 9 – May 13 all-day

Join us at the 22st annual Horicon Marsh Bird Festival May 9 – 13, 2019. Visit our exhibit to learn more about our global conservation programs and meet our knowledgeable staff! Click here to view the full festival schedule.

The Trumpet in the Orchestra of Evolution: Wetlands and Sandhills in WI @ Lussier Family Heritage Center
May 28 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Our Crane Research Coordinator Anne Lacy is joining our friends the Wisconsin Wetlands Association for a special talk on Wisconsin’s cranes and wetlands – all in celebration of WWA’s 50th anniversary! Learn more and register for this free event.

How Charismatic Cranes Inspire Peace and Conservation @ Ruth Culver Community Library
May 29 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Join us for this presentation by our outreach staff to learn how cranes symbolize peace and inspire communities to work together to protect cranes and the landscapes where they live. Thank you to the Friends of the Ruth Culver Community Library for sponsoring this event!

Jim Harris Memorial Service @ International Crane Foundation
Jun 16 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Honor Jim Harris’ life, legacy and decades of dedication to the conservation of the world’s cranes at a memorial service in Baraboo. Click here for more information.

Cranes of the World Presentation @ Necedah National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center
Jun 22 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Join International Crane Foundation Volunteer Naturalist Jean Ashmore Saturday, June 22, for a patio program on the Cranes of the World at the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge! The program will be held indoors in case of inclement weather.

Origami Cranes Workshop @ Olbrich Botanical Gardens
Jul 11 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Fold origami cranes into a beautiful bouquet that you can display at home or give as a gift! Learn about the importance of cranes to Japanese culture from International Crane Foundation experts, and be inspired to write your own nature-related haikus. All supplies provided. Click here to register.

Youth Ages Accepted: Ages 12 & up

Instructors: Lizzie Condon, International Crane Foundation

Cost: $25/$20 member | Course Number: 21-06