There are few birds more elegant than cranes and there are a number of species of them that live in, or migrate through, Mongolia. I saw this pair of white-napped cranes in the Gun-Galuut Nature Reserve, which is about a two-hour drive from Ulaanbaatar, the capital. They had been nesting in a wetland area that bordered a sacred mountain. Farther to the northeast important research on this species is being carried out by biologists from three countries: Mongolia, Russia and China, with support from the International Crane Foundation and the Wildlife Science and Conservation Center of Mongolia. In 2014 I visited the newly established research camp and was briefed about what they were hoping to learn and then attended the first-ever International Crane Festival in Binder Soum (county). Besides the usual activities that Mongols hold to celebrate special occasions, horse racing and wrestling, local school students created an art show with cranes as the theme. It was a wonderful display of art supporting conservation.