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July 6, 2002
the team invented the Swamp Monster. The monster could scare the
birds when they tried to land in the marsh instead of following the
landing site. Swamp Monster is actually one of the trainers hiding
in the marsh, covered in a camouflage canvas. Once pilots Joe or Brooke or
Richard are airborne
with the birds, Swamp Monster hides and watches to see if any of
the cranes might have plans to land in the marsh. If so, Swamp Monster then rises
up from the hiding
place with LOUD noise and commotion. This quickly convinces the young
birds to stick to the plan of following the plane instead!
Swamp Monster! Photos OM
This year, Swamp Monster's new job is scaring off yearling cranes
from last year's flock of 5 returned whoopers. These birds want
to be on the training strip, their old territory.
It's natural for them to want to be back, but they need to learn
to go off and find their own territory now. This is how it works
in the wild, too. If yearlings try
to come back where their parents are, the parents drive them off. For now,
Swamp Monster does the job.
Try This! Journaling Question
- How do you imagine the Swamp Monster sounds? Why is this type of noise okay within
the strict protocol (rules) for raising and training the cranes?
Journey North is pleased to feature this educational adventure made possible by
Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP).
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