Virtual workshop on bird cranes on March 3

On March 3, from 6 pm to 8.30 pm, a virtual seminar on birds “Close to Cranes” will be held.

March 3 at a virtual workshop on bird cranes with four leading experts in the field. (Photo courtesy of Brian Culk)

Cost c Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service the event costs $ 15, pre-registration is required at The event is part of the Birding with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension program.

“In the U.S., we have a dichotomy of cranes,” said Maureen Frank, Ph.D., wildlife specialist at AgriLife Extension, Uwalde. “While perch cranes are endangered and protected, sand cranes are abundant and regulated hunting is ongoing.”

The webinar will feature speakers who will introduce participants to domestic cranes in America and explore their similarities and differences. They will also share new research and habitat management “outside the gate,” Frank said.

“We have four speakers in 2.5 hours, so the pace of the event should be interesting as we consider two similar but different species,” said Emily Grant, agricultural and natural resources agent at AgriLife Extension of Val Verde County.

Grant said that although the speakers come from all over the country, the birds unite everyone, and many of the topics discussed seem familiar to Texas birds of prey.

“This virtual workshop is designed to take a look at the world of cranes,” she said.

On the agenda

The speakers of the seminar are well-known leaders and scientists involved in the research, maintenance and operation of cranes.

  • Liz Smith, Ph.D., is a North American program director International Crane Foundation. She previously worked as a researcher at Center for Coastal Research at the University of Texas A&M – Corpus Christi and developed the Texas Whooping Crane program.
  • Dave Baasch, PhD, is an expert on endangered species Crane Trust. In addition to cradles and sand cranes, Baash studied the inner minority of terns, slices, deer and elk. He will discuss the implications of management for two North American species of cranes.
  • Sarah Zimorski is a biologist with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. She is leading efforts to restore and build a crane population in the state after an absence of more than 60 years. Zimorsky previously worked at the International Crane Fund.
  • Emily Wells works in the Sacramento San Joaquin Delta, California as a conservation program manager on Staten Island, working with sand cranes and other waterfowl. Her report will focus on the importance of land cultivation for conservation.

The next Birding with Extension event, Birding the Hill Country, is already complete, Frank said, but more bird opportunities will be announced later this year. She encourages poultry farmers to join the weekly Wednesday Cup Chat at 7:30 a.m. on Facebook, where the team will announce other upcoming events. Topics of past Cup chats can be found on them YouTube channel.

For more information on future bird watching activities, visit

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