Still Holding: Too Warm and Windy
Meanwhile, the crane-kids new home is being readied. Workers have built a pen within the large enclosure: a pen within a pen. Why? The flock has grown to 34 adults ("white" birds). These guy will be returning to check out "their" pen—and maybe stay to eat the free food at the feeders there for this year's chicks. Cranes are territorial birds, and the dominant birds could drive off, or even harm, the younger birds at the feeders. A pen within the pen is the answer for now. Later, the white birds are likely to move off to other areas on or near the refuge. Then the crane colts will be more likely to get their fill at the feeders placed there to help them through their first winter as wild cranes.
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