4. Finding a Safe Place to Roost
Young whoopers must learn to roost (spend the night) in a place that's safe from predators. If they roost in water the right depth, they will be able to hear the splash of any predator that comes near. Then they can fly away to safety.

Chicks in Captivity
Did you guess that the white whooper on the left was fake? Decoys have been with the young chicks since they hatched. The chicks see them as part of their species. Handlers put the decoys in water deep enough for roosting. By imitating the "phonies," chicks learn to roost in the right places!

Photo USGS Patuxent
Chicks in the Wild
Whoopers raised in the wild stay close to their parents and other members of their species. In this way, they learn from their own kind where to spend the night!

Photo Brian Johns, CWS