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For those of us blessed to work with the whooping cranes at Patuxent there are a number of ways, on any given day or in any given year, we are rewarded for our dedication to their recovery.
During a recent morning walk through of the Blue Series pens, where many whooping crane pairs reside, I could hear the birds begin their familiar symphony of unison calls. When I listened to the cranes, I could hear one new, still unfamiliar unison call. The sound of this call has given the crane crew much reason to smile, because it is that from a newly formed pair.
In the late fall and winter of each year, long before eggs are laid and chicks start hatching, we focus on future generations of whooping cranes. It is during this time that we begin the process of forming new whooping crane pairs. This is a carefully planned process, sometimes lasting months or even years. MORE