Cranes: Ambassadors for Wetlands, Grasslands, and Goodwill




7:00 PM


History Center Lake Forest-Lake Bluff


Free—Suggested donation of $10.00

This is a co-sponsored program in collaboration with International Crane Foundation and the History Center 

The International Crane Foundation works worldwide to conserve cranes and the ecosystems, watersheds, and flyways on which they depend. From their nearly 300-acre headquarters in Barbaroo, WI (and with 125+ staff and associate members spread across offices in China, Uganda, Kenya, Zambia, South Africa, and the United States), the ICF provides knowledge, leadership, and inspiration to engage people in resolving threats to cranes and their diverse landscapes. 

Join us at the History Center on Thursday, April 11 as we host Dr. George Archibald, Co-Founder and Senior Conservationist at International Crane Foundation, for a fascinating discussion—complete with pictures, sounds, and excerpts from Dr. Archibald’s memoir, My Life with Cranes, on how ICF, through cranes, has helped conserve vast expanses of habitats and brought nations together to save the tallest of birds whose annual migrations scale continents and the highest mountain ranges. 

Dr. George Archibald, along with Ronald Sauey, a colleague from Cornell, established the International Crane Foundation (ICF) in the spring of 1973, as the world center for the study and preservation of cranes. He received his undergraduate degree from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in 1968, and completed his Ph.D. at Cornell University in 1977. For 27 years Dr. Archibald served as the President of ICF. Today he continues to be employed full time by ICF, with his current programs involving work in Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Bhutan, Cuba, China, India, Iran, North Korea, Pakistan, South Korea, and Russia. In recognition for his accomplishments, Dr. 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, among many others.