George Archibald, Barry Hartup, and Liz Smith - Annual Whooping Crane Festival in Port Aransas, Texas

TOPIC: “All You Ever Wanted to Know About Whooping Cranes”

Dr. George Archibald is one of the two co-founders of the International Crane Foundation (ICF), headquartered in Baraboo, Wisconsin. He received his undergraduate from Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia in 1968, and completed his Ph.D in Ornithology from Cornell University in 1977.

With Ronald Sauey, a colleague from Cornell, they established the International Crane Foundation in the spring of 1973, as the world’s leader for the study and preservation of cranes. ICF’s mission is met through a creative combination of field research, public education, habitat protection, and captive propagation and reintroduction. Today ICF has 50 employees and supports conservation projects in 45 nations.

For 27 years (until 2000) Dr. Archibald served as the President of ICF.  Today, Dr. Archibald continues to be employed full time by ICF and works on projects of his choosing. His current programs involve work in Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Bhutan, Cuba, China, India, Iran, North Korea, Pakistan, South Korea and Russia.

In recognition of his accomplishments, Dr. Archibald has received four honorary doctorates and many awards including the Gold Medal from the World Wildlife Fund and a Fellows Award from the MacArthur Foundation. Most recently, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II awarded Dr. Archibald the Order of Canada for his outstanding achievement  dedication to the community and service to the nation. He has received many accolades over the years including the inaugural $100,000 award from the Indianapolis Zoo for conservation of an animal species. He has since plowed the money back into ICF to aid crane recovery efforts in Africa, Asia and North America. Dr. Archibald is commonly regarded as the world’s foremost authority on cranes. He and his wife, Kyoko, live in the countryside near ICF where they enjoy gardening and aviculture.

Dr. Barry Hartup joined the International Crane Foundation (ICF) in 2000, but his experience with ICF started in 1986 as an aviculture intern prior to becoming a veterinarian. Working at ICF has helped to fulfill his professional interests in veterinary medicine, animal population health and epidemiology, and conservation of endangered species. Barry is the ICF representative to the guidance team of the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership, and has worked to develop our connection with the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine through a joint position that provides full-time veterinary services to ICF. Barry has a M.S. degree in Conservation Biology and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Ph.D. in Wildlife Health from Cornell University.

Learn more about Barry’s health study focusing on the western Whooping Crane population. The ICF Veterinary Services Department is providing health assessments of Whooping Cranes captured on the population’s wintering area in coastal Texas, as well as chicks captured and banded on the population’s breeding grounds in western Canada.

Dr. Liz Smith is a native Texan, and the rich, coastal environment has been an intimate part of her life. With age, the uncomfortable realization that the coastal landscape was changing became an ever present thought. Native habitats are shrinking and becoming fragmented as well as limited in productivity and abundance. Yet, newcomers see it as unspoiled, fresh and tantalizing; coastal populations encompass over 1/3 of Texas inhabitants and tourism is an important economic venue. Dr. Smith’s career and life path have focused on finding ways to balance increasing human population numbers and their need for land and water while maintaining a sustainable coastal ecosystem. As a coastal ecosystem ecologist, her career has been an interactive journey with other scientists, resource managers, and conservationists. Through her photography and art, she has also endeavored to convey the beauty of the coastal native diversity and increase awareness of the delicate web of life in the Texas Coastal Bend. The fortuitous connection with the International Crane Foundation as their Whooping Crane Conservation Biologist in coastal Texas has provided the opportunity to focus 100% of her efforts on finding viable alternatives that will maintain the systems integrity of our coastal environment for cranes and people.

SESSION: Friday, February 20th from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

LOCATION: The University of Texas Marine Science Institute Auditorium