July 12, 2001
Two days after the chicks arrived, the crew brought each group out of the pens
and introduced them to their respective training strips. Dan was on the training
strip with them, assuring them that the costumes had not changed, the aircraft trike
was the same, and only the location was different. Since the young whoopers already
were familiar with the trike and the costumes, they adapted quite well.
The young cranes have developed their primary feathers so at times, one or two
will even catch a bit of air and glide for a few feet.
Teacher Tip! Link to Lesson
Merging the cohorts not as easy as it sounds! Find out why, and play a simultation game with our lesson:
Try This! Journaling Question
As their flight feathers and wing muscles develop, the colts (young cranes) will eventually take flight and follow the airborne ultralight over central Wisconsin. Their flight training will continue until the flock departs on fall migration to Florida. The crew is hoping for a mid-October departure.
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