Greater DuPage Chapter 2023 Program Recaps

The Cranes Over Illinois
Thursday January 19, 2023 7:00 pm 

lllinois’ wetlands are home to Sandhill Cranes and endangered Whooping Cranes. In the not-so-distant past, both Sandhill Cranes and Whooping Cranes faced near extinction throughout North America as they battled with increasing threats of unregulated hunting and habitat loss. Thanks to widespread conservation efforts, Sandhill Cranes are now one of the most populous crane species in the world and Whooping Crane populations, while still endangered, are slowly growing. Today DuPage County residents see around 20,000 Sandhill Cranes and 80 Whooping Cranes during migration each year! Unfortunately, Whooping Cranes and Sandhill Cranes continue to face threats in Illinois and across their flyway. Stephanie Schmidt, Whooping Crane outreach coordinator for the International Crane Foundation showed us how to identify Sandhill Cranes and Whooping Cranes, talked about the history of both crane species, the current work crane conservation partners are doing to protect cranes in Illinois and throughout their flyways, and about how you can be an ambassador for cranes in Illinois as a volunteer and citizen scientist.

Click here to view a recording of the program.

Click here to sign a pledge to protect Whooping Cranes and to learn more about other things you can do to protect them.

Click here to participate in the Midwest Crane Count.