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Guest Speaker: Dr. George Archibald
Saturday, February 25 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 amFree
Dr. George Archibald, Co-Founder and Senior Conservationist, International Crane Foundation
Hear Dr. George Archibald, Co-Founder of the International Crane Foundation, tell his story beginning with the early years, when dreaming big depended on taking risks and the audacity to follow his visionary path. Over the past 50 years, George Archibald’s life has been dedicated to the study and conservation of endangered cranes, and has led him to some of the most remote areas on five continents and to meetings with Indira Ghandi, the Emperor of Japan, and other world leaders. George Archibald’s message of hope and encouragement helps others live their own versions of dream and action. The beauty and charisma of cranes, time and again, have brought people together because they are symbolic ambassadors of harmony and peace, flying free across many borders inspiring people around the world to work together to protect our natural treasures.
The future of many crane species was once as fragile as the delicate and graceful birds themselves. George Archibald’s visionary leadership in international conservation efforts over the past 40 years has given flight to crane conservation worldwide. In 1973, when cranes were in a perilous situation and many were on the brink of extinction, Archibald, along with Cornell University colleague, Ronald Sauey, Ph.D., established the International Crane Foundation (ICF) in Baraboo, Wisconsin as the world center for the study and preservation of cranes. Today, ICF has over 50 employees and supports conservation projects in 45 countries.
Archibald is a true conservation ambassador who uses his unique brand of crane diplomacy to work in sensitive places. He leverages the charisma of cranes to unite people from diverse cultures and countries to work together to preserve the landscapes necessary for the survival of both cranes and people. He focuses on programs in Bhutan, China, India, Mongolia, North Korea, South Africa, South Korea, Russia, and the United States.
Born in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, Canada, Archibald received his undergraduate degree from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in 1968, and completed his Ph.D. at Cornell University in 1977. In recognition of his many accomplishments, Archibald has received four honorary doctorates and many awards including the Gold Medal from the World Wildlife Fund, a Fellows Award from the MacArthur Foundation, the Wildlife Conservation Medal from the Zoological Society of San Diego, the Lilly Medal presented by the Indianapolis Zoo, and the Douglas H. Pimlott Award from Nature Canada. In 2013, Archibald was awarded the Order of Canada on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II, and received the inaugural Dan W. Lufkin Prize for Environmental Leadership from the National Audubon Society. He and his wife, Kyoko, live in the countryside near the International Crane Foundation headquarters where they enjoy gardening and aviculture.