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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


Cranes in the Rice Zone: Sarus Crane Conservation in Southeast Asia 
Thursday, July 2, 2020, 11 a.m. Central Time
Sponsored by Pat and Tim Tuff

Join us for our webinar with Tran Triet, Southeast Asia Program Coordinator, on Thursday, July 2, at 11 a.m. Central Time.

Standing up to six feet tall, the Sarus Crane is the world’s tallest flying bird. Sarus Cranes occur across India, Southeast Asia and Northern Australia. In Southeast Asia, we focus on the Eastern Sarus Crane subspecies that depend on wetlands in three large river systems: the Mekong, the Chao Praya and the Irrawaddy. These regions are also important rice production areas of the world with several countries among the world’s top ten rice exporters. Expansion of agricultural lands, mainly for rice cultivation, and intensive rice farming practices have reduced areas of natural wetlands and degraded the quality of aquatic environments, causing adverse impacts on not only Sarus Cranes but also wetland biodiversity in general.

In this webinar, we will present how the International Crane Foundation has worked with conservation partners and local communities in Southeast Asia to conserve Sarus Cranes over the past three decades, in a landscape that is densely populated and intensively farmed. We will showcase how we developed an award-winning project in Vietnam that saved wetlands and contributed to the wellbeing of local communities. We will also discuss how we created a network of 24 universities and hundreds of wetland practitioners across the region and how we are replicating and expanding these successful models for crane conservation in Myanmar.


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. 

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 16 | Cranes, Communities and Agriculture – Opportunities for Cooperation on the Korean Peninsula, with conservationist Lee Kisup, Emeritus Director Hall Healy and Professor Joo Yoonjung
  • 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