A Big Day for the New Whooping Crane Class!

Today was a day of ‘firsts’ for our eight young cranes. It was the first time they saw the large wing on the aircraft and it is the first day there were allowed in to explore the large wet pen, which they are currently poking and probing in.

Tune into our ustream channel to watch them LIVE.

Richard van Heuvelen took advantage of the weather window this morning and flew to the training site so the chicks could become familiar with the large overhead wing on the aircraft. He parked it outside the enclosure then opened the doors to let the chicks out. With very little hesitation they followed him to the trike where he spent time doling out grapes for them next to the wingtip.

They really didn’t seem at all concerned with this new appendage so after a few minutes he started the engine and began taxiing down the runway. All eight dutifully followed him to the north end of the grass strip where he handed out more treats for a job well done.

This was repeated twice before they all re-entered their enclosure. Doug Pellerin came over from the viewing blind to keep the cranes busy in the dry pen while Richard made sure the topnet was secured on the wet pen before opening the two gates that separate the dry side from the wet side.

Crane number 2-13 appeared to be the first brave bird to explore this new area and very quickly the others followed suit. There are a LOT of frogs in the water and I’m sure they’ll get their fill very quickly.

Don’t forget about the current MileMaker Challenge!

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  1. Margie Tomlinson July 12, 2013 7:32 pm

    I did my MileMaker Challenge the day before you announced it. Is it going to count, Heather?

    • Heather Ray July 12, 2013 9:21 pm

      it will 😉

      • Margie Tomlinson July 13, 2013 4:06 pm

        Oh, yay! Thank you, thank you, thank you!