May 23, 2003
Hello, World! All Chicks Hatched
Today the 19th and final egg hatched at Patuxent Wildlife Research Center. The 2003 ultralight flock is complete! Researchers take a small sample from the egg sac from which each chick hatched. They use the cells to perform DNA tests that show if the crane is male or female. Crane #319 is a male. The new chicks are checked over by top crane veterinarians.
Before leaving Patuxent, each chick will be fitted with a colored and individually numbered, 2-inch plastic band to allow them to get used to wearing a leg band/transmitter unit. The cranes will wear leg bands to identify them fo the rest of their lives.
Like last year, the crane chicks will later be transported in two shipments to their pre-selected summer home and future nesting grounds at Wisconsin's Necedah National Wildlife Refuge.
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