Why We Care about Sandhill Cranes
Paul Tebbel, nationally renowned crane expert
Paul Tebbel combines video footage and photos with research results and personal anecdotes to introduce you to Sandhill Cranes and to help you understand how their physical and behavioral characteristics and their life history make them special. Paul is a nationally renowned crane expert and has spent over 40 years of his life watching, researching and learning about cranes. This program is suitable for all age audiences, especially those just learning about cranes.
Born 1955, Paul Tebbel grew up in southern Michigan. He received his B.S. in Biology from Northern Michigan University studying Sandhill Cranes in the Hiawatha National Forest, MI. Paul earned his M.S. in Zoology from the University of Western Ontario where he focused on the status of Sandhill Cranes in central Ontario. He worked for Great Pacific Iron Works and Patagonia in Ventura, CA from 1983 to 1995, and then was hired by National Audubon to manage 1,400 acre Rowe Sanctuary on the Platte River in Nebraska for Sandhill Cranes and other water birds from 1995 to 2006. He served as Executive Director of three conservation or nature education-based nonprofits in New Mexico and California from 2006 until retiring in March 2018. Since 1995, Paul has given presentations and conducted workshops on Sandhill Cranes throughout the western United States, including 23 years of presenting at the Festival of the Cranes at Bosque del Apache NWR in San Antonio, New Mexico.
Yolo Basin Foundation offers Flyway Nights on the first Thursday of the month from November to April. The talks are held at the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area Headquarters at 45211 Chiles Road. A $5 donation to support the Foundation’s wetland education programs is suggested. Yolo Basin Foundation members are free. Seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis: capacity 70 guests.