Learning to Migrate
other birds, young Whooping cranes don't know by instinct where
to migrate. They have to be taught!
The puppet (called robo-crane) encourages the chicks to accept
the trike (a nickname for an Ultralight plane). The fence protects
the chicks while they learn to follow the aircraft. As they
grow, when they hear the trike coming near their pen, a handler
lets them out. They jump and flap and charge down the grass
after the plane. Finally they lift off and fly with it.
they finally take off, the chicks (especially the lead
follow in a line behind the wing of the plane, which is the
in the Wild
Wild whooping cranes learn migration from their parents.
Chicks spend most of the first year with them.
Some leave their parents while on the wintering grounds.
them on or soon after their first migration north.