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  Joan Garland  

“Wisconsin Whooping Crane Reintroduction”  In 1941, the last migratory flock of whooping cranes was reduced to only 16 birds, and the species became nearly extinct due to human activities. The elegant bird is now on the verge of an extraordinary comeback with a reintroduction project currently underway to restore a migratory flock of whooping cranes to eastern North America. Now in its 12th year, the project is being undertaken by the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership, a team of nonprofit and governmental agencies, whose founding members include the International Crane Foundation. See how the ICF works worldwide to conserve cranes as well as the wetland and grassland ecosystems on which they depend. Joan Garland is the education outreach coordinator at the ICF in Baraboo, Wisconsin. She has worked at ICF for 13 years and is one of the chairs of the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership. Garland 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. 

 

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