The Crane Specialist Group is dedicated to promoting the study and conservation of the world’s fifteen crane species and the ecosystems on which they depend.
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The International Crane Foundation (ICF) supports activities of the Crane Specialist Group. The Crane Specialist Group has 247 members from 56 countries. We also coordinate our activities with regional crane working groups each with a specific geographic focus, including the European Crane Working Group, the Crane Working Group of Eurasia, the Crane and Waterbird Working Group of the China Ornithological Society, the North East Asia Crane Site Network Working Group, the North American Crane Working Group, the African Cranes, Wetlands, and Communities Programme, the South African Crane Working Group, and others. Membership in the Crane Specialist Group is open to researchers and conservationists who have demonstrated an active commitment to working on cranes and ecoystems where they live. Memebers receive an electronic version of the quartely newsletter in the International crane Foundation, The ICF Bugle. An archive of past issues is also available.
To become a supporting member of the International crane Foundation, go to www.savingcranes.org and navigate to Support ICF>Membership. There, you can sign up online or print a membership form. You can also join by calling ICF at 1-608-356-9462 ext. 101.
ICF is headquartered on a 225-acre property in Wisconsin consisting of 90 acres of restored grassland, wetland and oak savanna and the only complete captive collection of the world's 15 crane species.
International Crane Workshop (25th May-3rd of June 2010) in Muraviovka Park, Russia
The Crane Specialist Group, in affiliation with Wetlands International and cooperating with the International Crane Foundation convened a workshop from May 28 – June 3, 2010. Twenty-eight specialists representing the various crane working groups around the world and diverse disciplines, will make presentations, discuss strategy, and create action plans related to:
(1) the interaction of cranes with agriculture
(2) the impacts of climate change on cranes
North American Crane Workshop on 13-16 March 2011, Grand Island, Nebraska
NACWG is meeting jointly with the Waterbird Society, and the preceding week (9-13 March) there will be a joint meeting of the Cooper Ornithological Society, Wilson's Ornithological Society, and Association of Field Ornithologists. For more information about the meetings, check out the web sites at
NACWG -- http://www.nacwg.org/workshop12.html
Waterbird Society -- http://www.waterbirds.org/annual_meeting
Joint Ornithology Meeting -- http://snr.unl.edu/kearney2011/index.asp