Volunteer Stories – Tracking Whooping Cranes in Alabama

This winter marks Leginia Jenkins’ fourth year as a Whooping Crane tracking volunteer in Decatur, Alabama. Previously she worked in a General Electric manufacturing plant for 40 years while participating in kayaking, vertical caving and cycling. She first saw and became interested in Whooping Cranes while biking through the nearby Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge.

Leginia gives credit to fellow volunteer and mentor Carol Thompson for teaching her everything she knows about Whooping Cranes. Leginia loves spending time outdoors and tracking the cranes on the weekends, especially her favorite pair, Latka and Beau. Last summer Leginia traveled to Wisconsin to see the Whooping Cranes she missed so much. She hopes to be able to continue looking for the cranes for years to come!

Are you interested in volunteering with the International Crane Foundation? Click here to fill out our Volunteer Application. Our staff will review your application and contact you to discuss which opportunities best fit your experience and interests.

Questions? Please contact Education Program Coordinator Ben Lam at 608-356-9462 ext. 108.