Is that a real crane in Joe's hands? No, it's a crane decoy
(imitation or dummy). The decoys have been with the young chicks since hatching
so the chicks have imprinted on them. Decoys are placed in the pens so the
chicks identify with the sight of members of their own species. The crew
also places decoys where they want the whooper chicks to be. The young birds
don't think the decoys are birds, but they do recognize them as familiar
stand in the water roosting areas of each enclosure at the three training
sites at Necedah NWR. The crane handlers put them there to encourage the
chicks to roost in water. The crane team tries to ensure
that the water level in the pond is appropriate. If the water level is too
high, the chicks can't roost there at night. If the water level is too low,
chicks are not safe from sneak attacks by nighttime predators. The right
water level helps the cranes hear the splashing of any predator that approaches,
and the birds have time to fly away.
learn to roost in water at night. Photo OM
This! Journaling Question
how experts explain roosting, and then write a paragraph that
explains what roosting is and why water roosting is important. Write
a good topic sentence and include important statements and details
that support it.
Journey North is pleased to feature this educational
adventure made possible by the
Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP).
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