|Countdown to Migration: September 17, 2010|
Was it mischief, or eagerness? On Tuesday, two of the youngest crane kids sneaked right past the costumes and escaped to join the older birds for their training flight! Crane Quiz #2 asks four new questions, and this week's nonfiction story brings you to flight school with the chicks. What's about to change for the blue-eyed baby in the photo?
Today's Report Includes:
|Latest Chick Chat: Mischief!|
You remember that the oldest eight chicks (or now colts) moved into the pen of the youngest five a week ago. The pen was divided so they could work out their pecking order without hurting each other.
Are they ready to become one large group? By Tuesday, two of them clearly thought so! The divider was still up, but the team got a surprise when cohort one’s training flight suddenly had two extra birds. Chicks #10-10 and #17-10 somehow escaped past the costumed "guards" and flew for the entire 25 minutes with the older cohort! Pilot Richard and his ultralight plane led the 9 birds. (Cohort one was minus #5-10 because she didn’t exit the wet pen in time to make the flight.)
two got their training flight with Brooke and his plane, all 13 birds
met to forage and socialize in front of the pen. They mingled without
all the jump-raking and charging of a week ago. That's progress! The
whole group will take their first flight all together very soon. Each
day is one day closer to migration, targeted for October 5. The chicks
must practice flying as one group before the journey south.
|Journal: What about eye color?||Print Journey South Journals|
Newly hatched young in many species have a different eye color than older birds do. After seeing this week's image of the week, think and then respond in your journal to this question:
“What advantages could a baby bird have from its eye color being different than the adults of the species?”
|Meet the Flock: Crane Quiz #3||Print the Quiz|
How do the antics of the chicks give us reasons to laugh as well as to worry? Find out when you click on each photo to find the chick's "Baby Book" and life story, or bio page:
While you're on the bio pages, search for answers to four new questions in this week's Crane Quiz:
very polite. Who am I?"
|Slideshow/Booklet: "Off to Flight School: Finding Their Wings"||Teacher Guide|
Why are the chicks shipped all the way to Wisconsin after hatching in Maryland? What are two reasons why they must arrive in Wisconsin before they learn to fly?
For answers, view this week's selection as a Web slideshow or click on the matching booklet to print, fold, and take home to share.
|Countdown to Migration: Posted Fridays||Bookmark the Whooping Crane Home Page|
Summaries are posted (by email) to registered participants on FRIDAYS:
Sep 3, 10, 17, 24; Oct 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; Nov. 5, 12, 19— or
until this year's newest "ultra-chicks" reach their winter home
|We'll be back with more news next Friday: September 24, 2010.|