Gets Ready for the Whooper Chicks
they leave Patuxent, the chicks will spend the next 3-4 months in "flight
school" at Necedah National
Wildlife Refuge in Wisconsin. Here they will grow bigger and stronger.
They will grow their flight feathers and start to fly around the age of
60 days. They'll continue learning to follow behind their ultralight "parent."
In early October, they must be ready to take off on their very first migration.
on of the enclosures.
outside the enclosure at Site 4. Photos WCEP.
blind with view of training area for reporters and biologists
staff and volunteers at the refuge worked hard over the winter and spring
to get ready for the chicks' arrival.
the three training sites and nearby enclosures.
-Top nets are in place over the enclosures.
-Inside each enclosure, gates now separate the wet and dry areas.
-Electric fencing has been re-installed and tested.
-The ultralight aircraft are waiting inside the newly improved hangar.
Wisconsin are proud of their role in helping to bring back whoopers to
the East and Midwest. They are eager to welcome the 2003 chicks.
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Journey North is pleased to feature this educational
adventure made possible by the
Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP).
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