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I Give A Whoop!

I Give A Whoop

Our Mission: The International Crane Foundation works worldwide to conserve cranes and the ecosystems, watersheds, and flyways on which they depend.

America’s tallest bird, the Whooping Crane, is endangered and needs your help.

The proposed policy changes affecting the Environmental Protection Agency, Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act are posing a threat to the existence of cranes and the well-being of our environment. The International Crane Foundation is dedicated to fighting climate change and supporting environmental protections for clean air and water for humans and cranes alike. We need your help to protect Whooping Cranes from extinction.

Here’s how you can help:

Find and contact your elected officials by using the United States House of Representatives search tool or Facebook’s Town Hall feature. Tell them you oppose proposed cuts and threats to the Environmental Protection Agency, Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act because they not only harm our planet but directly impact the survival of species like the Whooping Crane.

Tell your family and friends on social media why you support wildlife and environmental protection by sharing a message and photo with the #IGiveAWhoop hashtag. Follow and tag our social media channels on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Help us to continue advocating for and protecting cranes across the globe from new and existing threats by becoming a member or making a donation.

Stay connected and sign our pledge to protect Whooping Cranes to receive advocacy updates via email.

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Why Should #IGiveAWhoop?

Fighting climate change | Climate change is a scientifically documented shift in climate patterns. It is affecting each of the world’s 15 unique species of cranes in different ways. The International Crane Foundation is determined to fight climate change and protect the existence of cranes. We are working with partners around the world to adapt crane conservation strategies as we study and anticipate future threats to vital wetland ecosystems due to climate change, which is creating extreme weather patterns, rising ocean levels, and melting glaciers in some areas while causing hotter, drier drought conditions in others.

Protecting clean water | It’s no secret that cranes and people need clean water to survive. By threatening to remove protections for clean drinking water, the government administration is compromising the work the International Crane Foundation and its supporters have been doing for decades.

  • Streams and wetlands support one-third of threatened and endangered species, including Whooping Cranes, and are the source of drinking water for 1 in 3 Americans.
  • The Clean Water Rule of 2015 provides protections for streams and wetlands that are vital to overall clean water quality in the United States. They are not protected under the Clean Water Act of 1972.
  • On February 28, 2017, in accordance with a Presidential directive, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers announced their intention to review and rescind or revise the Clean Water Rule.

Defending endangered speciesWhooping Cranes are a keystone species that dramatically affects their surrounding environment for the better. There are only 612 Whooping Cranes across the entire continent of North America, and while those numbers are slowly rising thanks to the work of the International Crane Foundation and others, the species is still endangered. Without guaranteed clean water and air, these wetland birds stand a good chance of going extinct, and our ecosystems will suffer as a result.

The International Crane Foundation is dedicated to protecting Whooping Cranes from threats like fresh water shortages, wetland destruction, power line collisions, illegal shootings, and more.