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August 7, 2003

A Sad Day
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#314 at age 43 days

Whooping crane #314 was seriously injured during training this morning when she got too close to the rear wheel of the ultralight as it was taxiing for take-off. The injured bird was taken right away to the nearby International Crane Foundation for medical help, but she did not survive. She was 82 days old.


Try This! Journaling Question
  • The reintroduction of Whooping cranes through captive breeding and ultralight-led migration has been called a bold experiment. From today until the birds return on their own next spring, keep a page in your journal for your thoughts about these Big Questions:
    1. Why is the word "bold" used to describe this project?
    2. What are the risks, and to whom?
    3. How do the risks to these cranes compare to the risks the natural wild flock faces during their migrations between Texas and Canada?

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