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

A.I. in Cranes – And I Don’t Mean C-3PO or R2-D2, with Senior Aviculturist Kyle Tainter
Thursday, March 4, at 11 a.m. Central Time.
Sponsored by Anonymous.

When people hear or see the acronym A.I., they often think of Star Wars’ famous C-3PO or movies like The Terminator, Robocop or Wall-E. If you’ve come here to discuss Sci-Fi, unfortunately, you will be sorely disappointed. But if you’ve come to learn more about actual, real-life, tangible science, you are in the right place! Artificial Insemination, or in this case A.I. for short, is a common practice at the International Crane Foundation. 

By the early 1940s, the Whooping Cranes population plummeted down into the teens, reaching an all-time low and causing an unprecedented genetic bottleneck in the population. Over time, strives have been made to diversify the species’ genetics, and A.I. has been a key component to this success.  At the International Crane Foundation, our Crane Conservation Department utilizes A.I. techniques to diversify the genetics of Whooping Cranes and several other species. 

Join Senior Aviculturist Kyle Tainter as he discusses all things A.I. Kyle will discuss how we determine which male and female make up the best genetic combination to the equipment used.

Kyle Tainter

Cranes 365 – Glorious Gatherings of Cranes, with Senior Manager – North America Programs Anne Lacy
Thursday, March 18, at 11 a.m. Central Time.
Sponsored by Sandi and Dave Whitmore in honor of Anne’s work at the International Crane Foundation.

Let’s take a trip around the lower 48 to observe the many glorious gatherings of cranes! Whether it is a spring or fall migratory congregation, a festival celebrating Sandhill or Whooping Cranes, or birds on a nest, join us to learn more about where and when you can see these magnificent birds around the United States. 


Save the date for our upcoming From the Field presentations. More information is coming soon…

April 15 | The Resiliency of Whooping Cranes and Coastal Communities in Texas, with Director of North America Programs Liz Smith and Land and Water Conservation Director Terry Turney

April 29 | Conserving Grey Crowned Cranes in Rwanda, with Director of Conservation Medicine Dr. Barry Hartup and Founder and Executive Director of the Rwanda Wildlife Conservation Association Olivier Nsengimana

May 13 | The Creation of Our Whooping Crane Mascot Hope, with Emeritus Director Heather Henson, Whooping Crane Outreach Coordinator Lizzie Condon and Development Officer Kate Fitzwilliams