International Crane Foundation


Marianne Wellington, Senior Aviculturist & Chick-rearing Supervisor

Raising the Next Generation

Marianne first started at the International Crane Foundation (ICF) as a shared intern between the Education and Aviculture Departments in 1986. Her Aviculture intern project correlating the female cranes’ physical characteristics with egg laying intervals increased her desire to learn more about birds. The fall/winter of 1986 Marianne interned at the Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary as a naturalist and began learning about the various Florida ecosystems. Returning to ICF in the spring of 1987, Marianne has remained employed in the Crane Conservation Department, when she took an experimental position overseeing the chick rearing program and helping to develop both isolation and parent rearing protocols. She has worked with both the non-migratory and migratory flock of Whooping Cranes in Florida. Since 2005 Marianne has co-chaired the Direct Autumn Release of Whooping Cranes at Necedah National Wildlife Refuge. Marianne received her B.A. in Biology from Coe College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

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