George Archibald

Dr. George Archibald - Annual Whooping Crane Festival in Port Aransas, Texas

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, George received 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.

TOPIC: “Ancient Cultures and Ancient Cranes Meet in Ethiopia”

SESSION: Saturday, February 22 from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.

LOCATION: The University of Texas Marine Science Institute Auditorium