Forty-two years have rapidly passed since I enjoyed two months on Queensland’s Atherton Tablelands with Sarus Cranes, Brolgas and a new crane I discovered, the Sarolga (a hybrid). This October, crane country looked much the same, but the town of Atherton had tripled in size, and Sarus had increased from about 150, to more than a thousand.
Good things come in threes — we are honored that ICF has been recognized with three recent awards that highlight our achievements in Whooping Crane recovery efforts, conservation biology in India, and international good-will.
Several years have rapidly passed since I last visited India. And although I was just there for five days in early February, it was an opportunity to honor my late friend and colleague, Prakash Gole, by speaking at a gathering of about one-hundred like-minded souls in Pune at the release of two books respectively by and about this remarkable man I have known for 34 years.
Outlook India, among the five most read English national magazines in India, has featured 25 smartest Indians from various backgrounds and professions as their cover story this week. Included on the list is K.S. Gopi Sundar, International Crane Foundation SarusScape Program Director.
In mid-June we enjoyed another magical night at the International Crane Foundation. An Evening with the Cranes drew friends from across the country to share wine, food, and song from the crane regions of the world, under a beautiful summer sky.