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International Crane Foundation


From the Field Series

The COVID-19 pandemic requires people worldwide to stay connected online, which creates a great opportunity for us to share information on cranes and conservation with YOU!

We hope you join us for our weekly live webinar and Q&A series on Thursdays beginning at 11 a.m. Central Time. If you can’t join us live, you may view a recording of each presentation on our YouTube Channel after the event.

To learn more about sponsoring one of our webinars, please contact Kate Fitzwilliams at 608-617-6002.

Upcoming Events


Decades of Discovery – Dancing with Whooping Cranes
Thursday, July 9, 2020, 11 a.m. Central Time
Sponsored by Anonymous and Karen and Joe Branch

Join us for our webinar with George Archibald, Co-founder, on Thursday, July 9, at 11 a.m. Central Time.

In the spring of 1982, there were less than 100 Whooping Cranes left in the wild. That year, I spent countless hours living and dancing with a female Whooping Crane named Tex, who was hopelessly imprinted on humans. I knew I had to try to save her genetic legacy by getting her to lay an egg. She responded and eventually laid a fertile egg. When it hatched, the chick was named Gee Whiz, and he carried the precious genetic treasure from his mother. Now at 38 years old, Gee Whiz lives at the International Crane Foundation and is the founder of many generations of Whooping Cranes.

The International Crane Foundation has been a leader in the historic effort to re-establish Whooping Cranes in the middle of the United States. This population now numbers about 100 birds that breed in Wisconsin and migrate each year to winter across the southern United States.

This spring, three young Whooping Cranes established a territory in a marsh less than ten miles from my home in Wisconsin. They spent the spring sorting out their relationships, nesting and hatching a chick! From mid-March through the summer of 2020, I studied the breeding behavior of these Whooping Cranes and their interactions with five breeding pairs of Sandhills in this wetland. It was fascinating that I was able to connect what I learned all those years ago with Tex with what I observed in these freely living birds. Please join me as I share my joy in the lessons these birds continue to teach me. 


Cranes, Communities and Agriculture – Opportunities for Cooperation on the Korean Peninsula
Thursday, July 16, 2020, 7 p.m. Central Time

Join us for our webinar with Vice President and Director of Asia Program Spike Millington, Emeritus Board Director Hall Healy, Seoul National University Research Fellow Dr. Joo Yoonjung and conservationist Dr. Lee Kisup on Thursday, July 16, at 7 p.m. Central Time.

Traditional rice agriculture in Korea has long supported wintering populations of Endangered Red-crowned Cranes and, increasingly, Vulnerable White-naped Cranes, providing refuge for the entire western populations of these beautiful birds. Current and historical relations between the two Koreas have shaped the distribution of cranes and continues to do so.

While the area around the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) provides sanctuary for the cranes, the shifting political and socio-economic situation poses both challenges and opportunities for their long-term conservation. Join conservationist Lee Kisup, professor of socio-politics, Joo Yunjeong and International Crane Foundation Emeritus Director Hall Healy in a discussion of trends and prospects for cranes in this critical area.

Save the date for these future webinars – we will share more details and registration links as we get closer to the events. Check back for more dates and topics coming soon!

  • July 23 | Let’s Whoop It Up – Craniacs Unite for a Global Celebration! Join us for our first-ever virtual fundraiser to celebrate cranes and Craniacs worldwide. Learn more about the event.
  • July 30 | Wattled and Whooping Crane breeding seasons and aerial surveys, with South African Regional Manager Tanya Smith and Director of North America Programs Liz Smith