Did the Whoopers Spend Winter?
Did you notice . . . that the ultralight graduates (except Crane #309) in the Eastern flock spread out and away from the Chass pen? (They had spent their first winter as chicks in the same huge pen.)Why? It's natural for whoopers to seek new territory after they leave their parents. Later, when they pair up, they become highly territorial, protecting their turf and chasing all other cranes away. If older cranes hung around the pens, they could be dangerous to the first-year chicks. The chicks need a safe place, especially their first winter, where they slowly can become wild without older whoopers fighting them or chasing them away.
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