Why is the chick by the ultralight plane?

This tiny chick must get used to the little yellow airplane that will teach it where to fly on its first migration south. The chick hears the engine noise while still in its shell so it won't be frightened later by the sound. At a few days of age, it hangs out by the plane.

Next it will walk beside the moving trike (a short name for the ultralight plane) while it is safely INSIDE the fence you see here. That's called "circle pen training."

The chicks won't be afraid of the plane that is the "parent" they will follow on migration in 6-7 months.

Journey North is pleased to feature this educational adventure made possible by the
Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP).