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International Crane Foundation



Virtual Harvest Moon Festival
Oct 2 – Oct 4 all-day

The Harvest Moon Festival is going virtual Oct. 2 to 4, 2020. Celebrate the beginning of autumn while learning about cranes and our global conservation programs through our video exhibit! Learn more and register for this free event.

An Introduction to Prairie Ecology and Restoration at the International Crane Foundation
Oct 8 @ 11:00 pm – Oct 9 @ 12:00 pm

Photo by Tom Lynn

Join us for our webinar with Sandhill Crane Project Manager Andy Gossens on Thursday, Oct. 8, at 11 a.m. Central Time. Click here to register.

Prairies were once the largest continuous ecosystem in North America, stretching from the Rocky Mountains east to Indiana, and from Saskatchewan to Texas. With European settlement, however, much of this landscape was lost due to conversion to agriculture. At the International Crane Foundation’s headquarters in Baraboo, Wisconsin, our global work to preserve and restore ecosystems important to cranes can be seen on a local scale through our efforts to re-establish the native landscape within our 260-acre site. Forty years after initiating restoration work, these former pasture and crop fields now help us illustrate the importance of diverse natural lands to visitors from all over the world.     

This webinar will introduce you to North American prairies and the qualities that make up this important ecosystem. In addition, we will discuss the process of prairie restoration with a focus on work that the International Crane Foundation has been involved with over the years to re-establish the native prairie, wetland and savanna communities found at our headquarters.  

Waunakee Public Library Cranes and Culture Zoom Program
Oct 9 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Join our educators as they share folk stories about cranes from all around the world! This Zoom program will be a fun, active way for your young Craniacs to learn about cranes and culture. Click here to register for this free event.

Virtual Wisconsin Science Festival
Oct 15 – Oct 18 all-day

Join us at the Virtual Wisconsin Science Festival October 15 to 18, 2020! Click here to learn more.

A Bear Speaks
Oct 15 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Photo by Ted Thousand

Join us for our webinar with Elliott Funmaker, Sr., member of the Ho-Chunk Nation and head singer and leader of the Wisconsin Dells Singers and Dance Troupe, on Thursday, Oct. 15, at 11 a.m. Central Time. Click here to register.

This fall, the International Crane Foundation will host a series of five webinars showcasing artists with strong ties to Sauk County, Wisconsin. The Cranes and Community Virtual Art Series will highlight the work of five gifted artists, including Elliott Funmaker, Sr., 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 art of their own. 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.

Elliott Funmaker, Sr. a third-generation performer with over 56 years of singing and dancing experience, will tell stories, sing, and demonstrate drums during his webinar. In addition, he will share Ho-Chunk Nation History, share the story of the Eagle and explain the cultural significance of Ho-Chunk items. Elliott is currently the manager and head singer of the Wisconsin Dells Singers and Dance Troupe and an enrolled member of the Ho-Chunk Nation. Elliott encourages webinar viewers to be prepared to ask questions about Native American culture.

Virtual Member Appreciation Celebration
Oct 22 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Save the date – we are hosting a virtual Member Appreciation Celebration on Oct. 22, at 7 p.m. Central Time!

Join us for the premiere of an exclusive sneak peek of our new site, as well as interviews with a variety of staff.

Members will receive details on how to register for the event. Not a member? Join the flock today.

Plains, Cranes and a Watershed
Oct 22 @ 11:00 pm – Oct 23 @ 12:00 pm

Photos by Michael Forsberg and Tom Lynn

Join us for our special member’s only webinar with Conservation Photographer Michael Forsberg and North America Program Director Liz Smith, on Thursday, Oct. 22, at 11 a.m. Central Time. Members will receive information on how to register. Click here to join the flock today!

Before the presentation, our President and CEO Rich Beilfuss will welcome members, share a few stories about life during this pandemic year for our worldwide team and hold a brief Annual Members Meeting to elect the new members of the International Crane Foundation Board of Directors. 

Magic happens in the heart of North America each March when nearly a million Sandhill Cranes descend to the Platte River Valley in central Nebraska. In that beautiful moment of spring is the largest gathering of cranes in the world. The braided river serves as the nexus of a migratory flyway, a once vast prairie ecosystem and a watershed with a deep history.

Join Conservation Photographer and Nebraska native Michael Forsberg as he takes us on a lifelong personal journey with camera in hand following cranes up and down the Central Flyway, and exploring the Great Plains – once one of the greatest grasslands on Earth. See in a new way his home watershed where he co-founded an innovative multi-media storytelling project called Platte Basin Timelapse (PBT) that leverages the power of photography to explore the questions of where our water comes from and what it means to live in a watershed community. Healthy watersheds, resilient grasslands and the connectivity of migratory flyways are central to almost every conversation we have about crane conservation in the world today. And those conversations are stories and imagery that, when shared, have the power to elevate the science and transcend the politics to help each of us connect personally, care deeply and understand what is at stake.

Just Call Us Cupid! Crane Socializations Within the International Crane Foundation Captive Flock
Oct 29 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join us for our webinar with Assistant Curator of Birds Cyndie Gitter on Thursday, Oct. 29, at 11 a.m. Central Time. Click here to register.

The Crane Conservation Department at the International Crane Foundation’s Headquarters is involved in the captive flock’s care and management. One aspect of captive crane care often overlooked is how each of the crane pairs is formed within the flock. Every fall, aviculture staff help single birds within the flock find suitable companions. Just call us cupid (for cranes)! 

Pairing cranes in captivity requires considering many different things, including each bird’s genetics, rearing history, breeding or reintroduction goals, and even personality. Once a match is decided on, aviculturists work through the pair’s socialization, in which the birds get to know one another, learn to share resources and hopefully form a strong pair bond. 

Join our Assistant Curator of Birds Cyndie Gitter as she walks you through matchmaking and socialization, which are critical to providing our captive flock with the finest welfare and lead to breeding and conservation success for this naturally long-lived, strongly-bonded species. 

Virtual Celebration of Cranes @ Quivira National Wildlife Refuge
Nov 4 – Nov 7 all-day

The annual Celebration of Cranes at Quivira National Wildlife Refuge is going virtual Nov. 4 to 7, 2020! Our Director of North America Programs Liz Smith will be sharing insights on Whooping Crane conservation along the Central Flyway on Saturday, Nov. 7, at 11 a.m. Central Time. Click here to learn more.

Why We Love Cranes
Nov 5 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Photo by Joe Galkowski

Join crane enthusiast and International Crane Foundation volunteer Paul Tebbel for our webinar on Thursday, Nov. 5, at 11 a.m. Central Time! Click here to register.

What makes cranes so fascinating to humans?  To some who work with cranes, these tall, vocal birds are often described as “people with wings” because aspects of their behavior are remarkably similar to our own. Plus, over the last 30 years, more bird festivals in the U.S. have been dedicated to viewing and learning about cranes than any other bird species. Why is this fascination with cranes?  In this presentation, Paul will help you understand why we are drawn to cranes. By using video footage and sharing stories collected over his decades of working with and watching cranes, Paul combines crane biology with explanations of their behavior to help you better understand these amazing birds. The presenter has spent over 45 years of his life watching, researching and learning about cranes. This program is not a research presentation and is suitable for all audiences, especially those just learning about cranes.