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Richard Beilfuss

President and Chief Executive Officer

International Crane Foundation

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International Crane Foundation

11376 Shady Lane Rd.

Baraboo, Wisconsin,53913

United States

Company Description

Since 2000, ICF has worked in partnership with educators and conservationists from China and Russia to develop an international environmental education program that promotes communication and exchange between the two countries. The program focuses on the north...more

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Board of Directors | International Crane Foundation

www.savingcranes.org [cached]

Richard Beilfuss
President and CEO


Texas drought affects whooping cranes - Disaster News Network

disasternews.net [cached]

"We think it vindicates the decision," said Richard Beilfuss, president and chief executive officer of the Crane Foundation in Baraboo.


Whooping Cranes Could Be Wiped Out by Climate Change • The Revelator

therevelator.org [cached]

It all boils down to whooping cranes' biology and behavior, explains Dr. Richard Beilfuss, President and CEO of the International Crane Foundation, one of several organizations partnering to conserve the species (Beilfuss is not affiliated with the new study).
"Whooping cranes only raise one chick a year except in extreme cases," he says. "There's pretty high vulnerability of that chick to predators, so their recruitment is naturally low overall and it makes recovery very challenging." By comparison sandhilll cranes (G. canadensis), which often have overlapping habitats with whooping cranes, tend to have a couple of chicks per year and are better at protecting their eggs from predators. "They're better hiders," Beilfuss explains. This has allowed their population to withstand some of the same pressures faced by whooping cranes. Given their biological and behavioral limitations, whooping cranes have done remarkably well since they returned to their native habitats over the past few decades. Beilfuss says their numbers continue to rise, and the current target is to achieve about 200 to 250 breeding pairs and around 1,000 overall birds in the wild. "Until we reach that magic number, we're going to feel that they're still really vulnerable, even though their populations are increasing." Although the paper concentrates on the effects of climate change in Canada, the rest of whooping cranes' range could also be affected, something illustrated by previous FWS research. "My personal feeling is our biggest worry on climate change is still related to maintaining conditions on their wintering grounds," Beilfuss says. "I'm very concerned about the combination of water-use decisions and reduced water correlating to more prolonged drought in the southwest U.S." In fact, he says, the effects of climate change are already being felt to a degree by all of the world's 15 crane species, which are experiencing increased droughts and more extreme rainfall. Heavy rains might sound like a good thing for wetlands-dependent species, but it doesn't quite work that way. "Water will run off more quickly into rivers and run down to the sea but not be in the landscape for as long where the cranes need it," Beilfuss says, pointing out that these heavy strains are already affecting crane species in northeast China, northwest India and southern Africa. Other threats loom, particularly for whooping cranes, which could be all but wiped out by a single disaster. "For example, we were very fortunate that the BP oil spill happened during their non-breeding season and off of Louisiana," Beilfuss says. "If a similar spill had happened closer to Texas in the winter, then it could have contaminated their entire coastal range. Getting the population higher, he says, would allow the species to withstand an impact like that while continuing to grow their population. Although the climate change predictions in the new paper are fairly apocalyptic, Beilfuss says it doesn't mean that whooping cranes are necessarily doomed. "They're pretty resilient birds," he says.


What's New | International Crane Foundation

www.savingcranes.org [cached]

Maurice Wanjala (Principle Investigator) and members of the Kipsaina Crane and Wetlands Conservation Group (KCWCG) will conduct the project, under the supervision of ICF's Richard Beilfuss and Bob Wishitemi of Moi University-Kenya.


Brolga | International Crane Foundation

www.savingcranes.org [cached]

In 1994, ICF wetland ecologist Rich Beilfuss traveled to Australia with four Vietnamese colleagues to familiarize the Vietnamese with the ecology and hydrology of the floodplain wetlands of tropical Australia as a model for wetland restoration at Tram Chim, Vietnam and elsewhere in the Mekong Delta.


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