Friends of a Feather

Colleen captured the following image just moments ago, which shows a costumed Brooke leading Whooping crane chicks 1-15, 2-15 & 3-15 in a circle-pen training session.

Class of 2015 crane chicks nos. 1, 2 & 3 following the ground trike.

Class of 2015 crane chicks nos. 1, 2 & 3 following the ground trike.

This means that some of the chicks are beginning the important step of socializing. As you know, when crane chicks are very young, well they basically want to fight. Survival of the fittest.

In case you’re wondering, currently 8 chicks have been allocated to the ultralight release method this year – so far. That could change in either direction depending on the number of crane chicks still expected to hatch.

As soon as we know for certain, we’ll make the proper introductions. Stay tuned.

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  1. Sue McCurdy June 2, 2015 10:31 pm

    I can’t believe you’ve started training them already!

  2. Mollie Cook June 1, 2015 10:37 am

    Precious chicklets! Thank you Colleen & Heather for the pic & update. Are we ready for more drama?

  3. Cheryl N. May 30, 2015 8:20 pm

    Happy, happy! Good luck, little whoopers!

  4. Mindy May 30, 2015 5:16 pm

    So very precious….three signs of hope…..Love the pic, Colleen! Thank you Heather….

  5. Marilyn May 30, 2015 5:11 pm

    My heart is going pitter-patter looking at Brooke and the chicks. Can’t wait to see all our new students! Are these chicks at WRM in WI? Has anyone seen Peanut and 3-14 since you released them on 5/15?
    With bated breath,

  6. ffmn May 30, 2015 3:10 pm

    I didn’t know they fought (like eaglets) for survival of fittest before they arrive at WI training site. Gee…..Brooke is all over from Middle American to Eastern Coast isn’t he for a period, isn’t he? Stay healthy one and all.

  7. martha Delozier May 30, 2015 1:57 pm

    This made my day seeing Brooke with these three beautiful babies. Looking forward to when they are at the Marsh and the fun begins with the training and possibly seeing some of the cranes from previous years.

  8. birdlady May 30, 2015 12:38 pm

    So excited to get a glimpse of our 2015 class! See you soon, baby whoopers! Thanks for the wonderful photo, Colleen and Heather.

  9. Bea orendorff May 30, 2015 12:25 pm

    Heather, can you please explain the process. Eggs are taken from ? Incubated and hatch at ? Some are sent to ? Others are sent to ? How are all these decisions made?

  10. Bobbie May 30, 2015 12:21 pm

    yay! Class of 2015 starting to look good 🙂 Thank you so much for this update.

  11. Cathy May 30, 2015 10:21 am

    Stocking up on my shamwows…

  12. Grandma May 30, 2015 10:16 am

    Oh, so happy to see this!! Thanks for keeping us updated!

  13. Sandi May 30, 2015 8:55 am

    If you get the 8 or more chicks for the ultralight program this year, is the plan for a split in Florida? Half to St. Marks and half to Chassahowitzka? I’ve really missed the fly overs at Dunnellon the last few years! Thanks!

  14. Patricia Ewing May 30, 2015 8:22 am

    Happy news!!! Thank you…

  15. PalJoey May 30, 2015 8:09 am

    So exciting 🙂 What a beautiful sight. Brooke is an awesome “father” teaching his young.

  16. Ruth Mitchell May 30, 2015 8:07 am

    Colleen and Brooke, still doing great things for our Whoopers!!! What a great picture, thank you so much for sharing!!

  17. Patti May 30, 2015 7:09 am

    :)…And so it begins, again! Welcome to Flight School 101 babies! A most beautiful sight !! 🙂