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Whooping Crane Kids: Learning Life's Lessons

Coming into the world
Baby whoopers come into the world in very different types of nests! They need to know within hours of hatching how to identify their parents and their own species.

Compare the pictures for each group and think about these questions. (Click on any picture for a larger one.)

Chicks in Captivity Chicks in the Wild  

  • How are the chicks' nests the same? How are they different?

  • How do you think each type of chick learns who its parents are and what species it belongs with?

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Photo Credits
Captive cranes: Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP)
Wild cranes: Steve Nesbitt, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission