From the Field Series | International Crane Foundation

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

Dorn Moore

Conservation Technology – Fun With Databases and Maps to Ensure a Future for Cranes Around the World
Thursday, August 6, 2020, 11 a.m. Central Time
Sponsored by Crystal and Jim Hegge

Join us for our webinar with Geospatial and Information Services Manager Dorn Moore on Thursday, August 6, at 11 a.m. Central Time.

Since 1995, the International Crane Foundation has been using geospatial tools to help us understand the ranges, habitats and the ecology of cranes around the world. Collecting these critical data involves a host of technology tools that have evolved over the years. In this webinar, we will talk about a few of the technologies we use to ensure a future for cranes. We will also discuss how we’re adapting that data to inform policy, collaborate with other researchers and inspire enthusiastic craniacs. Join us for a quick dive into how geospatial technology helps us save cranes around the world. 


Understanding the Future of the Agriculturally Dependent Blue Crane in the Western Cape, South Africa
Thursday, August 13, 2020, 11 a.m. Central Time

Join us for our webinar with Blue Crane Ph.D. Candidate, Western Cape Field Officer and Leiden Conservation Graduate Fellow Christie Craig on Thursday, August 13, at 11 a.m. Central Time.

The Blue Crane is the world’s most range-restricted crane species, occurring mainly in South Africa with a tiny population in Namibia. In the late 1900s, the Blue Crane population declined rapidly in their natural grassland habitat. Fortuitously, at much the same time, the Blue Crane was colonizing a new area of the country, the wheatlands of the Western Cape. Today more than half of the world’s Blue Cranes are now found in this intensively farmed area of South Africa. This change poses some unique conservation challenges, as cranes are living near people and livestock.

In this webinar, we will explore the interesting history of how the Blue Crane came to be in the Western Cape and how they adapted to this agricultural landscape. Our work in this region is focused on understanding the resilience of this population through a four-year Ph.D. project, looking at the trends in Blue Crane numbers, the threats facing this species and the opportunities for future conservation. Ph.D. candidate and field officer Christie Craig will share some of the early findings from the research so far and some of the exciting plans to come. 

This research is funded by the Leiden Conservation Fund and South African power utility Eskom. 

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

Aug. 20 | Sandhill Crane Ecology and Fun Facts, with Crane Research Coordinator Anne Lacy

Aug. 27 | The Brolgas and Sarus Cranes in Northeast Australia and Papua New Guinea, with Co-founder George Archibald and Researcher Tim Nevard

Sept. 10 | Local Community Engagement to Secure Grey Crowned Cranes and Their Habitat in Uganda, with East Africa Regional Manager Adalbert Aine-omucunguzi

Sept. 24 | Rearing and Release of Whooping Cranes, with Senior Aviculturist Marianne Wellington, North America Program Crane Analyst Hillary Thompson, and Louisiana Department and Wildlife and Fisheries staff Sara Zimorski and Eva Szyszkoski

Oct. 8 | Prairie Primer and Restoration, with Crane Project Manager Andy Gossens.

Oct. 29 | Crane Matchmaking and Socialization, with Assistant Curator of Birds, Cyndie Gitter