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Get Your Game Face On - Whooping Crane

If you are interested in bird / wildlife photography, there is a very cool place near the Wisconsin Dells called the "International Crane Fountation".


Whooping Crane

Scientific Name:Grus americana

Height: 5 ft; Wingspan: 7-8 ft

Field Marks: Adults - red patch on forehead, black mustache and legs, black wing tips visible in flight; juveniles - cinnamon-brown feathers

Population: ~ 599 (captive and wild)


International Crane Foundation

Located in Baraboo, WI the ICF is home to 15 species of Crane including several ultra-rare species. The staff at ICF are committed to the protection, study and betterment of Cranes all over the world.


They have several very impressive enclosures including a couple that enable close-in photography of beautiful birds. It's a GREAT place to spend an entire morning or afternoon as the grounds are beautiful.


ICF is open Memorial Day through Labor Day and they have an excellent guided tour. My recommendation is to take the family up to the Dells and visit Circus World, the International Crane Foundation and spend one or two days enjoying the waterparks. If you have extra time or get rained on you can also drive 30 mins to see House on the Rock or "Taliesin".



More information

Directions / Hours to ICF

Whooping Cranes

Wisconsin Dells

Circus World


House on the Rock


Shot with a 100-400L and Canon 7d.



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Taken on July 3, 2012