Whooping Crane Whooping Crane

May 30, 2001

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 adults and imitate them.

In the wild, baby whoopers learn migration from their parents, but

Video Clip:
Chicks are Placed Near Adults

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.

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

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