International Crane Foundation


An Evening with the Cranes

An Evening with the Cranes

An Evening with the Cranes 2017 was a Smashing Success!

Crickets, frogs, songbirds and of course cranes provided the perfect soundtrack for our recent An Evening with the Cranes hosted on the grounds of the International Crane Foundation.

The night was magical indeed, with close to 600 visitors enjoying the sounds of nature, intermingled with two bands and gourmet food from top-rated area chefs and restaurants. Along with culinary delights, guests also enjoyed a variety of white and red wine and designer beer.

Naturally, the brightest stars of the night were our 15 species of cranes, whose stories were told by our national and international staff representing our work with cranes in China, India, South Africa, the United States and Vietnam.

During welcome remarks, International Crane Foundation Co-Founder and Senior Conservationist George Archibald paid tribute to the Mary and Terry Kohler family. Terry Kohler died September 20, 2016. For many years, the Kohlers used their corporate jet to transport Whooping Crane eggs from northern Canada for hatching, rearing and releases into Wisconsin.

This year’s event raised more than $45,000 in revenue. All profits support our work to conserve cranes and the ecosystems, watersheds and flyways on which they depend. Through our work and with your support, we provide knowledge, leadership and inspiration to engage people in resolving threats to cranes and their diverse landscapes.

We thank our 49 sponsors of the 2017 An Evening with the Cranes, whose support helped us showcase our exhibits, natural setting, nature trails and lovely grounds, which serve as the international gateway to crane conservation.

If you missed this year’s event, no worries! An Evening with the Cranes will be back in 2018.

Mark your calendars now for Saturday, June 16, 2018, when we will host this event for the eighth time.

Until then, we thank you for all you do to support the International Crane Foundation.

Special thanks to our local restaurants and vendors who make An Evening With the Cranes unforgettable!

  • The Barn Restaurant, Baraboo
  • Blue Spoon Café, Prairie du Sac
  • Carr Valley Cheese, La Valle
  • The Del Bar, Wisconsin Dells
  • Invictus, Baraboo
  • Jose’s Authentic Mexican Restaurant, Baraboo
  • Neat-O’s Bake Shoppe, Baraboo
  • Paul’s Chocolates, Prairie du Sac
  • Port Huron Brewing Company, Wisconsin Dells
  • Monk’s Bar & Grill at the Wilderness, Lake Delton
  • Ruby Coffee Roasters, Amherst Junction

Hotels, restaurants, or campgrounds near the International Crane Foundation’s headquarters:

Our site is located a short distance from Baraboo and the Wisconsin Dells.

For information on restaurants and lodging, please visit:

Visitors commonly stay at these nearby options:

Have a question about the evening? View our Frequently Asked Questions.

Your An Evening with the Cranes registration or sponsorship entitles you to a year-long International Crane Foundation membership, which includes free admission and tours to see all 15 species of cranes! Click here to plan your visit.

Arriving early? Stop by the annual ArtJune festival in downtown Baraboo before visiting our headquarters.

Tents & EventsNew this year for corporate and individual sponsors – The Roost – an exclusive after-hours experience! Enjoy a special tent reception from 8:00 – 9:00 p.m. with International Crane Foundation leaders and field staff from around the world. All sponsors will receive recognition on our website and event signage. View sponsor opportunities below, or contact Jen Stewart at 608-356-9462 ext. 119.

A special thank you to Tents and Events for donating our tent for The Roost.



Siberian Crane Sponsors – $5,000


~ Robert Dohmen

Whooping Crane Sponsors – $1,000

~ Linda and James Condon
~ Heidi Wilde and Kennedy Gilchrist

The Aldo Leopold Foundation
American Family Insurance
Automation Arts
Bischof Construction, LLC
CLR Design
Festival of the Cranes
Gelman, Rosenberg & Freedman
Ho-Chunk Gaming Wisconsin Dells
MSA Professional Services
Re/Max Grand
University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine
Studio Gear
Thysse Design
Viking Liquor Stores
Wisconsin Public Radio

Sandhill Crane Sponsors – $500

~ Aldi Baraboo
~ Barbara Baird
~ Margaret and Lawrence Benjamin
~ Susan and Sanford Carnahan
~ The Country Plumber
~ Culligan Total Water Baraboo
~ Home Health United
~ Mary and Don McDowell

~ Susan and George Mitchell
~ Paul’s Chocolates
~ Ruby Coffee Roasters
~ Kelli West
~ Wild Apples
~ Wisco Pop! Beverage Co.
~ Karl Zeimetz

Alliant Energy
Aspect Multimedia
Baraboo Range Preservation Society
Burkhalter Travel & Cruise Shoppe
Coffee Bean Connection
Dental Associates of Baraboo
Next Level Creative
Schwarz Insurance
Senger Lumber Inc.
Sullivans Two Unlimites
Wisconsin River Plumbing and Heating