Wisconsinites often feel our state is underrated. It seems that in movies, characters that are supposed to be from an obscure backwater are often from Wisconsin. Perhaps I'm being overly sensitive. However quietly, some really important things happen in my home state. Consider the small town of Baraboo, population 11,000. In the nearby countryside is the most important crane conservation organization in the world.
If you visit the International Crane Foundation (ICF), you can see all 15 species of cranes—but this is much more than a zoo. ICF works in over 40 countries to conserve cranes and the wetland and grassland ecosystems that are so important to both cranes and people. Cranes are found on all continents except Antarctica and South America. ICF has done important research on captive breeding and reintroducing birds to the wild. If you visit, you can learn about these efforts as well as be incredibly close to cranes.
The rarest crane in the world is North America's Whooping Crane. In the 1941, the wild population of Whooping Cranes dipped to just 16 birds. Although still endangered, the population has gradually increased and ICF is helping establish a second migrating flock.
their site to learn more about cranes, support ICF with a donation or purchase from their shop. I bought these handcrafted Nepalese buttons.