ICF Annual Member Appreciation Day

ICF will be closed for the season, but open to our members! 

Annual Member Appreciation Day: Saturday, November 2, 2013
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Held at our world headquarters in Baraboo, WI

We’re adding a unique 40th Anniversary twist to this year’s Member Appreciation Day by inviting you to join us for a truly exclusive, members-only event — just days after our site closes to the public!

Discover our innovative approach to captive crane management by taking a behind-the-scenes tour with ICF aviculturists.

•  Tours of Crane City (right, ICF’s Crane Breeding Facility) will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis the day of the event at 10 am, 11 am, 1 pm, and 2 pm (40 people/group).

Stop by our Crowned Crane House, Ron Sauey Memorial Library, and Veterinary Lab to visit with our staff and learn about what goes on behind the scenes. These facilities will be open throughout the day.

Bag lunches will be available for purchase from the Friends of Muraviovka Park (FOMP) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Each lunch includes a sandwich (turkey, ham, or vegetarian), piece of fruit, chips, and a dessert (choose from a variety of homemade cookies or bars) for $7.00. A drink (soda, bottled water, tea, coffee, hot chocolate) is $1.00 more. Proceeds support sustainable land use and crane conservation in Russia.

Learn about our work here and abroad from scientists and researchers who work to protect cranes in the wild and ensure healthy, safe populations for future generations. The presentations include:

• 10:00 am – 10:30 am: Join ICF’s President and CEO Dr. Rich Beilfuss for the annual member’s meeting to elect new ICF Board Directors at the Wattled Crane Amphitheater.

• 11:15 am – 11:45 am: World-renowned entomologist Dr. Peter Adler of Clemson University will enlighten us on the black fly, a species that you may have heard about in regards to Whooping Cranes in Wisconsin. Join us for an informative talk on the interesting life cycle of these insects, featured at the Cudahy Visitor Center.

• 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm: Grab your FOMP lunch and join ICF Co-founder Dr. George Archibald at the Cudahy Visitor Center to learn more about ICF’s beginnings in Baraboo, WI, and to honor this year’s Good Egg Award winner. Save room after lunch for a piece of ICF’s 40th birthday cake!

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm: Interested in learning about native prairie grasses and the season’s wildflowers? Take a guided prairie walk with Jeb Barzen, Director of Field Ecology. Don’t forget your camera. Sweeping views promise spectacular photo opportunities! Meet in the Donnelley Courtyard.

• 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm: Joan Garland, ICF’s Education Outreach Coordinator, will answer all your Whooping Crane questions at our celebrated Whooping Crane exhibit.

• Where do the cranes go? Radio tracking demonstrations will happen throughout the day.

Want more? We will be providing a map of various Sandhill Crane staging areas. View these magnificent birds out in the wild and see, firsthand, how your support is making a difference.

Want to bring guests? As a member you receive the benefit of bringing a designated number of guests with you (as shown on your membership card) or they can become a member and help conserve cranes and the ecosystems, watersheds, and flyways on which they depend.

Have questions? Please contact Merith Adams at (608) 356-9462 ext. 149.

Don’t miss this exciting opportunity and don’t forget your membership card!