An Evening With the Cranes is Saturday, June 24                                      

Siberian Crane at the International Crane Foundation
A Siberian Crane explores its wetland exhibit at the International Crane Foundation. Ted Thousand

Jodi Legge, Director of External Affairs, 608-356-9462, ext. 120

Meet Our Staff from Africa, Asia and North America and Support Our Conservation Work

May 30, 2023 – Experience the beauty of cranes after hours, while supporting 50 years of conservation at the International Crane Foundation’s (ICF) annual “An Evening With the Cranes,” on Saturday, June 24, 2023. Enjoy delicious food, sample craft beer and wine, and stroll the grounds at the impressive headquarters in Baraboo, Wis.

This year ICF’s international program leaders will be on site to answer questions and talk about their important conservation efforts. This includes staff from Africa, Asia, and North America.

“This is one of my favorite events of the season,” said Dr. Rich Beilfuss, ICF’s President and CEO. “It’s an exquisite experience to watch the cranes on a warm summer evening, with fine wine and food in hand, and learn first-hand from our staff about our efforts worldwide to save these magnificent birds and their homes.”

The event runs from 5 to 8 p.m., with welcome remarks by Beilfuss and ICF Co-Founder George Archibald. All guests will receive a special commemorative wine glass to celebrate ICF’s 50th anniversary. All proceeds from the event will support ICF’s work to protect cranes, and the ecosystems, watersheds, and flyways on which they depend.

Tickets are on sale now and available on our website or by calling 608-356-9462, ext. 807. Tickets are $85 for ICF members and $100 for non-members.

A virtual auction will be held again this year, from June 19 through June 26. Included this year is the opportunity to bid on a trip to join ICF President and CEO Rich Beilfuss as he takes you and your guests birding to see the endangered Whooping Crane and Kirtland’s Warbler in central Wisconsin. More information on the auction will be available on our website.

The International Crane Foundation (ICF) works worldwide to conserve cranes and the ecosystems, watersheds, and flyways on which they depend. We provide knowledge, leadership, and inspiration to engage people in resolving threats to cranes and their diverse landscapes. From its nearly 300-acre headquarters in Baraboo, Wisconsin, the ICF reach extends across the globe, with offices and staff in China, Uganda, Kenya, Zambia and South Africa, as well as Texas. It works through strong partnerships with local organizations, governments, universities, businesses and others in these regions. More than 125 ICF staff and associates work with a network of hundreds of specialists in 50 countries on five continents.

The Foundation is committed to a future where all 15 of the world’s crane species are secure. Through the charisma of cranes, ICF envisions a future where people work together for wild crane populations and the landscapes they depend on – and by doing so, find new pathways to sustain our water, land, and livelihoods. Visit savingcranes.org for more information and to support the work of ICF.