The 20th annual Tanana Valley Sandhill Crane Festival will take place at Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge in Fairbanks, Alaska on August 25, 26 and 27, 2017. Our featured speaker will be Dr. Gary L. Krapu.
Dr. Gary Krapu is an ornithologist who has worked for the U.S. Geological Survey at the Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center in North Dakota for 31 years. He uses satellite data to track the migration routes of sandhill cranes banded at the Platte River, and has conducted studies on cranes from Alaska to Texas. Dr. Krapu and his team are studying breeding, habitats, and genetic relationships within and between subpopulations of cranes.
Dr. Krapu dreamed of becoming an ornithologist as a young boy. He stayed on this course through grade school, high school, and college. In 1972, he got his doctorate in animal ecology from Iowa State University.
Dr. Krapu has written several papers on Sandhill Cranes. You can read some of them at ResearchGate.