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First Flight
The little chicks take their first flight before they realize they can fly. A small plane flies them from Maryland to Wisconsin, the new Eastern flock’s summer nesting grounds. Here they should spend summers for the rest of their lives.

Why Move Now?
They must be moved before they fledge (start to fly), or they won’t want to follow the ultralight plane. It will lead them on their first migration south to a winter home in Florida. The trike must show them where to go, like parents would have.

Also, birds never forget the place where they first learn to fly. They return there year after year. The site becomes their nesting grounds. Crane survival depends on a good summer home for raising the next generation.