Posted by Claire Sammons on 22nd Jun 2020

See What Our Staff Has Been Up To

Throughout Wisconsin's Safer-At-Home order and while the majority of our staff continues to work from home, we thought it would be a great idea to show everyone what our Headquarters staff has been doing to keep themselves busy (and sane) during this time of isolation. What better way to do that than while sporting our Keep Calm and Crane On shirt!

Our President and CEO, Dr. Rich Beilfuss, and his family have been volunteering at Second Harvest food bank - the pantry is providing food to tens of thousands of people across southern Wisconsin. He says it is very satisfying to get out in the community in this way.

When he's not spending time with his wife and two sons, Cully Shelton, Visitor Program Manager, enjoys scenic hikes around the beautiful Devil's Lake. Devil's Lake is Wisconsin's most popular state park and is located right here in Baraboo.

Of course, our staff consists of many bird lovers! Demetra Toniolo, Administrative Assistant for Development, goes bird-watching in her t-shirt. In Wisconsin, now is a great time to keep your eyes about for Sandhill Cranes and their babies!

Education Program Coordinator, Ben Lam, is content staying at home and playing his banjo to pass the time. He enjoys playing traditional fiddle tunes, and some of his favorites are Cripple Creek and Sandy River Belle.

Some of you may not realize that we have been carrying our Keep Calm and Crane On shirt for quite some time. This photo was taken of Development Officer, Kate Fitzwilliams, in 2016 at the Phobjikha Valley Black-necked Crane Festival in Bhutan. Each year, George Archibald leads a small group of International Crane Foundation supporters on a tour of Bhutan, and she was lucky enough to accompany him! In Bhutan, the Black-necked Crane is considered a sacred bird, and the festival is a wonderful celebration of cranes and the people that revere them.


Avid runner and Crane Conservation Naturalist Intern, Joey Putnam, enjoys running on scenic trails in Baraboo when he's not creating educational activities to keep our audiences at home engaged in learning more about cranes. You can find some of his work in our Safer at Home Education Resources.

You'll be sure to find Sara Gavney Moore, Digital Communications Program Manager, and Whitney, Corgi pup superstar, on walks around the Baraboo River on these beautiful summer da

The natural state of Claire Sammons, Gift Shop Associate, is catching some sunshine with her kitten Pistachio! Pistachio is a rescue from the backyard of fellow ICF staff Claire Mirande, Director of Conservation Networking, during a winter storm in February, and she is quite happy in her new home.

We would love for you to share any photos of you in your Keep Calm and Crane On shirts with us as well!