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September 11, 2003

Introducing the Birds and the Team


Clip: Dawn Training Flight
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More progress! See the chicks in flight in another new video clip (right). Then get acquainted with the birds and their individual personalities with the chart below. (Some classses like to "adopt" birds from the flock for the duration of the season, with each student picking a bird and wearing color-coded wristbands to match that bird's.)

Then take a peek at this year's crew page. You'll see and hear many of the hard-working heroes who are helping bring Whooping cranes back to their former range.

Try This! Journaling Questions
  • Biologist and Crane Trainer Dan Sprague says some of the birds remind him of people he knows. As you gather clues to the birds' personalities (see chart), think about this: In what ways are cranes and humans alike?
  • How many days apart are this year's oldest chick and youngest chick? In other words, what is the age range? Which chicks are the same ages? What are some reasons why project leaders pay close attention to the age range of the chicks?
  • How many of this year's flock are males? Females?
  • How many birds were hatched? How many are in training now?

Journey North is pleased to feature this educational adventure made possible by the

Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP).

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