April 16, 2002
Learning From Role Models
Once old enough, the chicks are placed in individual pens next to adult whooping
cranes (see video, below). It's important for chicks to see adult cranes right away
so when they grow up, they will recognize their own kind and mate with the correct
species. The chicks watch these adult whoopers and imitate them.
age 6 days, looking at adult role model
In the wild, baby whoopers learn migration from their parents, but that
isn't possible for chicks hatched in captivity. Ultralight airplanes and
people in special crane costumes will take over that job for these special
chicks that will form the new Eastern flock.
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Explore imprinting with our lesson:
Journey North is pleased to feature this educational adventure made possible by
Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP).
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