International Crane Foundation

 
Wish List

Wish List

Our captive flock of over 100 cranes deserve a treat! You can help make sure they receive what they need to stay mentally and physically healthy by purchasing gift cards or sending a donation specifically for the Crane Enrichment Program. A few examples of what we may purchase with your donation:

Crane Chow
Crickets
Mealworms
Smelt
Peanuts
Baby mice (aka pinkies)
Fresh fruit
Fresh/frozen vegetables
Heads of lettuce
Pomegranates
Pumpkins
Rice
Grapes
Cranberries
Kong toys (for hiding treats)

Since the majority of the food listed is perishable, and enrichment strategies should be presented on a varied schedule so that the cranes do not become desensitized or habituated to the new treats, we ask that crane enrichment donations be made in the following ways:

  • Festival Foods gift cards (in-store purchase only in West Baraboo and Portage, WI)
  • Pierce’s Markets gift cards (in-store purchase only in Madison and Muscoda, WI)
  • Pick n’ Save, Copps, Mariano’s, and Rainbow Foods gift cards (in-store purchase only at any location)
  • Blain’s Farm & Fleet gift cards (purchase in-store or online)
  • Want us to shop locally for items at the Baraboo Farmers’ Market and other locations? Send a check payable to “International Crane Foundation” with a memo line of “Crane Enrichment Program.”

Please direct online gift cards to Kim Boardman, Curator of Birds, and send other donations to: International Crane Foundation, Attn: Kim Boardman, E11376 Shady Lane Road, P.O. Box 447 Baraboo, WI 53913.

All donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law. To receive a receipt of your generous gift for tax purposes, please include your name and address with gift card purchase.

Thank you for caring for our cranes!

LEARN MORE

The Crane Enrichment Program provides stimulating and challenging objects, activities, and environments for the cranes to help keep them mentally and physically healthy. Enrichment items may include foods, dried plants or sticks, puzzles, or other novel items (read our enrichment update to learn more).

Crane enrichment

Here’s a snap-shot of the annual food requirements of our fine feathered friends:

12,000 adult crickets

36,000 mealworms

132 pounds of smelt

75 pounds of corn

200 pounds of oyster shells

30 pounds of grapes

60 pounds of unsalted peanuts

11.5 tons of Crane Chow