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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

Behind-the-Scenes Look at Painting the International Crane Foundation Exhibit Murals
Thursday, Dec. 3, at 11 a.m. Central Time
This project is funded in part by Jodi K. Kingdon and Henry S. Kingdon, M.D., Ph.D., and a grant from the Extension Sauk County – University of Wisconsin, Arts & Culture Committee and the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin.

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!

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 Landscape
Thursday, Dec. 10, at 11 a.m. Central Time
Sponsored by Karen and Loren Thompson in memory of Sylvia Mueller who loved birds and instilled that love in all who surrounded her.

Join Director of North America Programs Liz Smith for our webinar on Thursday, Dec. 10, at 11 a.m. Central Time!


Save the date for these upcoming topics. More details will be coming soon!

Dec. 17 | The Reintroduction of Sarus Cranes in Thailand, with Boripat Siriariinrat and Southeast Asia Program Coordinator Tran Triet

Jan. 7 | Masako Pellerin, Origami Artist, with Visitor Program Manager Cully Shelton