The G2 Gallery in Venice will host a reception Friday, Aug. 26 for the Saving Cranes exhibit to benefit the International Crane Foundation, a nonprofit organization that works to protect the bird species.

The reception is scheduled from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the G2 Gallery, 1503 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice.

Saving Cranes, an exhibition of photographs by Mike Sloat focusing on the endangered Whooping Crane and benefiting the work of the International Crane Foundation, is being held through Sept. 11.

The reception will feature Sloat and a special presentation by ICF President and CEO Dr. Richard Beilfuss.

From a low of just 15 birds in 1941, the Aransas-Wood Buffalo flock of Whooping Cranes – the last naturally occurring population of Whooping Cranes in the world – has recovered to its present population of approximately 280 birds, according to ICF. But water diversions affecting the cranes’ wintering grounds in the Guadalupe River basin currently threaten to decimate the flock’s main food source, blue crabs, the foundation said.

International Crane Foundation officials say they are working with partners to raiseawareness and protect the fragile gulf ecosystem sustaining the Whooping Cranes and manyother species.

“The Whooping Crane is among the most iconic species of North America, a symbol of the struggle for survival,” Beilfuss said.

Admission to the reception is $5. All proceeds from art sales and admission will be donated to ICF’s efforts. Origami cranes will also be for sale in the gallery gift shop, with proceeds benefiting ICF. The event includes wine, refreshments, and music by Eric Kufs.

Information, (310) 452-2842, or www.theg2gallery.com.

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