September 10, 2002
In more ways than one, these are crabby times for the young crane colts. They are
grudgingly flying and making slow progess after the stress of the banding and health
checks. But they are also being fed some delicious blue crabs. This year, the second
year of the migration project, WCEP leaders are occasionally flying in some blue
crabs from Patuxent, Maryland for treats--and lessons.
Photo Chesapeake Bay Program
Blue crabs are the most important food source for whooping cranes on their wintering
grounds, whether at Aransas National Wildlife Refuge in Texas for the main flock,
or in central Florida for this tiny new Eastern flock. These young birds will need
to learn how to eat crusty blue crabs in order to grow and stay healthy all winter.
If you've ever tried to eat a lobster or crab yourself, you know this is tough until
you get the hang of it. Without any adult cranes to teach them, how do you suppose
these colts will learn how to eat blue crabs? Learn more here:
Link to Lesson:
Feeling Blue and Crabby: Whooping Crane
Try This! Journaling Question
- Today's Highlight gives you one more thing that is new for this year's cranes
compared to last year's pioneer flock. Add it to the list in your journal.
Journey North is pleased to feature this educational adventure made possible by
Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP).
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