June 10, 2002
Necedah Gets Ready for the Whooper Chicks
After they leave Patuxent, the flock will spend the next 3-4 months at Necedah National Wildlife Refuge. Here they will grow bigger and stronger. They will grow their flight feathers and start to fly. They will learn to follow behind their ultralight "parent." In early October, they must be ready to take off on their very first migration.
This year's chicks were hatched many days apart. At Necedah NWF, they will be separated into three groups based on their ages for their training to fly with the trike (another name for ultralight plane),
The staff and volunteers at Necedah worked hard to get ready for the chicks' arrival. They built an additional pen and training site for this year's larger flock. Last year, volunteer helpers from Friends of Necedah and Wild Birds Unlimited built a new blind, giving biologists and reporters a "secret" silent place to watch the birds during training and preparation for migration. Members of the general public are welcome to view crane activity through binoculars from an observation tower on the refuge grounds.
People in Wisconsin are proud of their role in helping to bring back whoopers to the East. They are eager to welcome the HY2002 chicks and help train them!
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