September 23, 2003
Cards for Cranes in Training
With good weather, training continues daily as the countdown begins to the October 8 target date for migration.
When training is over each day, the pilots fill out a report card with comments on each bird. Like us, they get graded on the important skills they'll need to face some of their big challenges in life. The pilots call these report cards "cohort data sheets." For what subjects do cranes get graded? What does a crane report card look like? Here's the cohort data sheet for August 12, 2003:
The video clip (under photo above) shows part of the training flight for the cohort data sheet in the lesson above. As you watch the clip taken from the observation tower, notice the refuge terrain. You will hear muffled voices of observers on the tower as you watch the cranes training in the distance.
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