March 2008, before the young cranes would make their first migration
north without any help, #717 got a change in leg bands. The team
took the PTT off #735 when it was clear she would not be able to
on her own to migrate this spring. Then they put that PTT on the
right leg of female 717.
Richard Urbanek attaches the band while Sara holds #717 and
Colleen helps. The hood over the crane's head prevents her from
seeing the humans as they work on her leg bands. These
have been carefully raised to never see a human form or hear a
human sound. That helps them stay wild, as they were meant to be.
Now they will naturally be afraid of humans and try to avoid them.
This gives them their best chance of survival in the wild.