~ The 16th North American Crane Workshop ~

The 16th North American Crane Workshop will be held 23-26 October 2023 in Baraboo, Wisconsin, USA. We are excited that the NACWG and our workshop will be a part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of the International Crane Foundation in 2023. Baraboo is surrounded by the Baraboo Range National Natural Landmark and a long stretch of the Wisconsin River, intertwined with abundant agricultural lands that attract thousands of resident and migrating sandhill cranes. The area offers a unique laboratory to study cranes and agriculture, which ICF has done for over 30 years. This area is also adjacent to a long-standing effort to reintroduce whooping cranes to eastern North America through creation of the Eastern Migratory Population.

The conference will include the traditional evening welcome event, followed by two days of scientific presentations, and then wrap up with a field trip day and banquet program. The primary venue for the sessions will be the Baraboo Arts Banquet and Convention Center in downtown Baraboo. Our field trip will include part of the day at the ICF, together with a mix of crane viewing and visits to nearby natural areas and conservation partners (Aldo Leopold Foundation).

An announcement of the conference theme, special sessions, and Call for Papers will occur shortly, with the hopes of having both oral presentations and posters as part of the scientific sessions. The deadline for abstracts is likely to occur in mid-summer, on or about 1 July 2023.

Baraboo is located in southcentral Wisconsin, less than 1 hour from the state capital of Madison, and is easily reached by car, plane, or train. We will be encouraging participants to car pool or coordinate travel to Baraboo where possible; possibilities of van pooling are being explored to limit the need for participants to rent cars. There are numerous lodging options in and around Baraboo to satisfy workshop participants. More information is forthcoming. Let’s see if we can “out-do” the 11th Workshop from 2008 – the last time the NACWG met here. Please mark your calendars - see you in 2023!

Questions: please email conference coordinator Dr. Barry Hartup,

Sandhill Cranes at Muleshoe NWR

Crane roost on the Wisconsin River
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