Banquet: Evening of February 13: Dr. Richard Beilfuss
Dr. Richard Beilfuss, President & CEO, International Crane Foundation
Cranes are among the most endangered families of birds in the world, with eleven of 15 species threatened and many populations in peril.
Over the next 20 years, emerging challenges will further jeopardize cranes and the places where they live--the rapid development of China (home to eight crane species), for example, and the impact of climate change on regional water supplies and wetlands.
Yet the special characteristics of cranes, their cultural significance, high visibility, extraordinary beauty, dramatic migrations, and striking behavior, also create unique opportunities for conservation action.
presentation will explore the role of cranes as both sentinels and flagships for watershed conservation in seven great river basins around the world.
With vivid images and personal stories, Dr. Beilfuss
will share how ICF
is working to protect and restore great wetlands and healthy watersheds around the world.
About the Speaker
Dr. Richard Beilfuss serves as President & CEO of the International Crane Foundation (ICF), a non-profit conservation organization based in Wisconsin that works worldwide to conserve cranes and the ecosystems, watersheds, and flyways on which they depend.
Beilfuss is a professional hydrologist and wetland ecologist, who has been directly involved in watershed restoration projects in the US (Wisconsin, Texas), Asia (China, Nepal, Vietnam), and Africa (Mozambique, Uganda, Rwanda, Zambia, Kenya, Ethiopia), and advises on many others.
returned to ICF
in 2009, after living and working in Mozambique with his
wife Katie and two kids for the Gorongosa National Park Restoration Project (2005-2008) and World Wildlife Fund (2008-2009).
Prior to that, he was ICF Africa Program Director from 1992-2005.
Rich is an Adjunct Professor for the UW College of Engineering, where he teaches a graduate course on environmental flows and enjoys supervising students.
He has a PhD in Land Resources, MSE in Civil and Environmental Engineering, and MSc in Water Resources Management from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.