Baby! First Lessons
Wildlife Research Center in Maryland, young Whooping crane chicks
the new Eastern flock are slowly forming an attachment to the ultralight
aircraft. The little yellow plane (here without its wing attached)
is their "stand-in
The chicks have heard its voice
(engine) since they were in the egg before hatching.
The chicks learn to walk behind their caretakers and the
ultralight trike within a few days after they are born.
Photo WCEP |
biologist and trainer Dan Sprague tell how training begins:
The crane chicks are
off-limits to public viewing. Why?
Photo Jane Duden
Photo USGS Patuxent
go back into the "chick run" after training.
Photo Dan Sprague
This! Journaling Questions
of the important rules for raising and training the chicks is this: "To reinforce the 'follow the aircraft' response,
efforts will be made to minimize the number of times a chick is led
by a walking handler. However, during early conditioning, it may be
safer to lead chicks to the aircraft rather than to carry them." Why
is it so important that chicks learn to follow the aircraft right from
the beginning of their lives?
- Dan used the word forage in
the audio clip "How
Training Begins." Look up the word and write the meaning in your
journal with other vocabulary
words you collect.
the video clip
Journey North is pleased to feature this educational
adventure made possible by the
Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP).