Indiana is home to the Sandhill Crane and the endangered Whooping Crane. In the 1940s both Sandhill Cranes and Whooping Cranes reached drastically low population sizes. Today Sandhill Cranes are one of the most populous cranes in the world and there are over 650 wild Whooping Cranes, around 40 of which will winter in Indiana each year. While their population numbers are growing, both Whooping Cranes and Sandhill Cranes continue to face threats. Join Katelyn Garrett, Whooping Crane outreach program assistant for the International Crane Foundation, to learn about the cranes of Indiana. Following this presentation, you will be able to identify Sandhill Cranes and Whooping Cranes, know the history of both crane species, understand the current work crane conservation partners are doing to protect cranes in Indiana and throughout their flyways, and find out how you can be an ambassador for cranes in Indiana.
Katelyn Garrett is the Whooping Crane Outreach Program Assistant for the International Crane Foundation, and she is headquartered in Indiana where she works closely with the wintering cranes. She is a recent graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelor’s in Wildlife with a minor in Insect Biology.