The International Crane Foundation in Baraboo is hosting a “party in the prairie” Saturday for its annual fundraising event.
“An Evening with the Cranes” this year will be “An Evening with the Construction Cranes,” as the headquarters are undergoing renovations. Marketing Director Pamela Seelman said with the construction ongoing, guests will experience the site outdoors and under tents.
“I think people will be most excited to see the progress on our $10 million construction project that began last fall,” Seelman said. “We are pleased that the George Archibald Welcome Center is well on its way to completion.”
Guests will be able to tour the construction site, see exhibit murals in progress and learn how the foundation cares for the birds and does conservation work. Staff from China, Africa and South Asia will be in attendance and available to speak with attendees, Seelman said.
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Participants also will have a chance to see Slidell, a grey crowned crane, in the Spirit of Africa exhibit, she noted.
Proceeds support the International Crane Foundation’s crane and conservation efforts. There will be live music, food, wine and craft beer, according to a news release. The gift shop also will be open.
As of Thursday, 370 guests have registered. Though the event usually draws around 500 people, Seelman said the foundation is capping registration at 400 this year due to the construction. Guests can register at the door if space remains.