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A HUGE Thank-you to the San Antonio Zoo for providing two Whooping cranes for this year's project! Welcome aboard!

The older, larger cranes continue training, while others are still hatching...
Photos taken at the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Laurel, MD.
Mark leads the four oldest cranes into their chick runs after a training session with the aircraft. 
The Robo-crane puppet is used to entice the youngsters into the enclosure. This ensures the chicks are handled as little as possible.

Mark uses the aircraft with the small temporary wing to lead three chicks around the circle-pen enclosure. 

The view from the tiny cockpit of the ultralight as chicks 305 & 306 are encouraged by Robo-crane to follow the taxiing aircraft.

 Each crane receives important pond exposure time. Here they learn how to probe for snails and other treats.

Crane 317 is the latest chick to join the class. Hatch date: May 20/03

Photos taken by: Dan Sprague

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