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Anne Lacy

Senior Manager–North America Program

Anne grew up in Madison, leaving to attend college in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. She received a B.A. in Psychology (1991) and returned to get a B.S. in Biology (1994). After working various jobs while taking graduate level Geographic Information Systems courses at the University of South Carolina, Anne was accepted to the graduate program in Biology at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. After finishing coursework in Duluth in 2000, Anne accepted an internship at ICF, while also finishing her thesis.

After completion of her M.S., Anne accepted a full-time position at ICF as a research associate in the Field Ecology Department (now the North America Program), working on an ongoing long-term study of sandhill cranes. She added the Whooping Crane work in 2009, joining the Whooping Crane Reintroduction Project to study the ecology of the newly reintroduced population in Wisconsin.


Talk: “20 years on: Status of the Eastern Migratory Population of Whooping Cranes”

To increase the number of wild of whooping cranes (Grus americana) and ultimately downlist this endangered species, a reintroduction of migratory cranes into the eastern United States has been ongoing since 2001. Now in its second decade, much has changed since the first 10 years; the first parent-reared whooping cranes were released in the Eastern Migratory Population, the ultralight program (UL) ended, and cranes were released into new sites in eastern Wisconsin. Join us for a look at the successes and ongoing challenges of reintroducing Whooping Cranes into the Eastern US, and what the Partnership is doing to better understand the factors affecting the success of the reintroduction - and to inform the conservation community about lessons learned in the process.