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In 1975 a group of North American crane researchers and managers convened a workshop at the fledgling International Crane Foundation in Baraboo, Wisconsin. At the end they agreed to publish the proceedings of the workshop and to reconvene in 3 years to continue to share information, ideas, and support. This 1975 international crane workshop served as the first North American cranc workshop and was followed by workshops in 1978 (Rockport, Texas), 1981 (Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming), 1985 (Grand Island, Nebraska), and 1988 (Kissimmee Prairie, Florida). In these first 5 North American workshops, proceedings were published by the sponsoring agencies or organizations. At the Florida meeting participants formed the North American Crane \Vorking Group (NACWG), an organization of "professional biologists, aviculturists, land managers, and other interested individuals dedicated to the conservation of cranes and their habitats in North America." In 1991 the Sixth North American Crane Workshop was held in Regina, Saskatchewan. This was the first workshop in which the NACWG sponsored the workshop and published the proceedings. Because the quality and commitment of the North American Crane Working Group appear to be substantial and long-lived, the Proceedings of the North American Crane Workshop became a numbered series with Proc. North Am. Crane Workshop 6.