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Joan Garland - Annual Whooping Crane Festival in Port Aransas, Texas

Joan Garland is the Education Outreach Coordinator at the International Crane Foundation (ICF) in Baraboo, Wisconsin.  She has worked at ICF for 14 years and is one of the chairs of the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership, the team of non-profit and government agencies reintroducing the whooping crane to eastern North America.  Joan has accompanied the ultralight-led whooping crane migration down to Florida.  She also works on crane conservation education programs in Texas, Northeastern China and Russia.

TOPIC: “Whoop It Up With Wisconsin Whoopers!” - The elegant whooping crane is on the verge of an extraordinary comeback after nearly becoming extinct due to human activities.  In 1941, the last migratory flock was reduced to only 16 birds.  A reintroduction project is currently underway to restore a migratory flock of whooping cranes to eastern North America.  Now in its 13th year, the project is being undertaken by the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership, a team of non-profit and governmental agencies, whose founding members include the ICF.  The Foundation works worldwide to conserve cranes and the wetland and grassland ecosystems on which they depend. ICF is dedicated to providing experience, knowledge, and inspiration to involve people in resolving the threats to these beautiful birds.  

SESSION: Saturday, February 22 from 9:00 to 10:30 p.m.

LOCATION: The University of Texas Marine Science Institute Auditorium