Midwest Crane Chats

Calling Midwest Craniacs!

The International Crane Foundation is migrating to your neighborhood! Gather with fellow members at a Crane Chat near you. Learn about cranes in your backyard with a free presentation by our North American crane specialist Anne Lacy.

All Crane Chats are free and open to International Crane Foundation members and their friends. Please register so we know how many people to expect. Light refreshments will be provided.

If you have questions about the series, please contact Jennifer Fiene, Membership Manager, at 608-356-9462 ext.151.

Two Sandhill Cranes in flight against a brilliant blue sky with fall colors below.
Ryan Michalesko/International Crane Foundation


June 3, 2 p.m.  – Fridley, MN – Spring Brook Nature Center | Thank you for attending!

June 4, 1 p.m.  – Richfield, MN – Wood Lake Nature Center | See you next time!

July 17, 1 p.m.  – Byron, MN – The Nature Center at Oxbow Park & Zollman Zoo | Thank you for a great event!

Aug. 14, 4 p.m. – Bailey’s Harbor, WI –  Ridges Sanctuary | RSVP here.

Sept. 12, 1 p.m. – Mequon, WI – Mequon Nature Preserve | RSVP here.

Oct. 15, 3 p.m. – Wheaton, IL – DuPage County Historical Museum | RSVP here.

Oct. 16, 11 a.m. – Winnetka, IL – Community House | RSVP here.

About the presenter:

Anne Lacy, International Crane Foundation Director of Eastern Flyway Programs–North America

Anne Lacy grew up in Madison, Wisconsin and earned degrees in Psychology and Biology from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. After completing graduate work in Biology at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, Anne came to the International Crane Foundation as an intern in the Field Ecology Department (now the North America Program) to work on an ongoing long-term study of Sandhill Cranes. She added Whooping Crane work in 2009, joining the Whooping Crane Reintroduction Project to study the ecology of the newly reintroduced population in Wisconsin. She has been Director of Eastern Flyway Programs since 2023.

During her time at the International Crane Foundation, Anne has traveled abroad to work alongside the Foundation’s China and Africa teams. She is also a frequent presenter at crane conferences and crane festivals around the world. She has managed to tally 13 of 15 crane species in the wild. Anne is particularly fascinated by crane behavior. She loves to watch cranes in all phases of their annual cycle to try and figure out why they’re doing what they’re doing.

Anne Lacy, International Crane Foundation Director of Eastern Flyway Programs – North America