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Saving Whooping Cranes One Egg at a Time


We stole 15 Whooping Crane eggs. But don’t worry! It’s all part of a science-based strategy to increase the number of Whooping Cranes above their current world population of just 600 birds. And, so far, the results are looking good.

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One Helps One Program

This summer, I had the chance to go to Caohai and talk with many of the girls who are part of the One Helps One Program and learn about their families, schools, hobbies, and their plans for the future.

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ICF and UW-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine Treat Injured Whooping Crane


An old English proverb states “the eyes are the window to the soul.” In my line of work, the eyes are sometimes a window into the health of a patient. Though the eyes may not be the most prominent feature of cranes, compared to raptors for instance, the cranes do show beautiful diversity in eye color, and have a predictable shape and relationship to the form of the skull. When changes occur in this presentation, the observant among us know something could be wrong.

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Notes from the President

Midway along our journey from New Delhi to Bharatpur, we pulled our bus off the highway and leapt out to scan for birds and other things that might flash in our binoculars and cameras. At first glance, these intensively farmed lands, flush with people everywhere, didn’t seem a good prospect for wildlife viewing. But as the small wetlands dotting this landscape came deeper into focus, species after species appeared — a wealth of ducks, cormorants, ibises, spoonbills, storks, herons, kingfishers, and shorebirds.

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Whooping Crane Updates: Summer Field Research


It’s been several months since spring migration and the group of 2010 Direct Autumn Release (DAR) Whooping Cranes are settling into adult life. The cranes have adult plumage and seem to be finding new areas to inhabit. While they haven’t found their own territories – the young birds jump around the landscape during the phase we call spring wandering – they have been successful at finding suitable habitat for safety and food. After wintering together in Georgia, nos. 23-10 and 26-10 (female and male) stayed together through migration and summer. They were last observed together in Dunn County, Wisconsin [ … ]

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Global Crane News: Whooping Cranes Return to Louisiana!

June 3, 2011 By Sara Zimorski, Wildlife Biologist, Louisiana Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries In 1939, an aerial survey of the White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area in southwest Louisiana revealed 13 Whooping Cranes, confirming the presence of a resident flock. This was the last year Whooping Cranes nested in Louisiana. The following year a hurricane

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ICF Opens for 2011 Visitor Season

On Friday, April 15th, ICF’s gates open to the public, giving visitors the only opportunity in the world to see all 15 species of cranes on display. Visitors can expect friendly, knowledgeable staff and an incredible gift shop with treasures from around the world, including clothing, jewelry, books and kid’s items. ICF is open daily April

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Travels with George: In Their Own Words

Travels with George Winter 2011: Africa Prior to his excursions with ICF colleagues in southern and eastern Africa, Dr. Archibald led a two-week group trip to South Africa and Botswana with 12 participants. The group toured Kruger National Park, the Karoo, Cape Town and the Okavango Delta. Following are excerpts from one of the participant’s field

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Frequently Asked Questions

Cranes: General Questions Q: How many kinds of cranes are there, and how many does the International Crane Foundation have? A: There are 15 species in the crane family Gruidae. Four of the species are classified as Endangered. These are the Grey Crowned, Red-crowned, Siberian and Whooping Cranes. In addition, seven species are classified as

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