WHOOPING CRANE CHICK: DAY 14
The Crane and Web Crew
While we will no longer be keeping you informed of Tux's day-to-day progress, we will be updating the site regularly and bringing you pictures and news about him as he grows. Please check back with us on June 1 and find out how Tux, his sibling Chessie, and the other chicks at Patuxent are doing.
A big thanks from all of us at
Patuxent for your interest in our chick!
And we want to give a special thanks to Nelson Beyer who imagined this unique website event and motivated it from the start. And thanks to Kathleen O'Malley for providing the entertaining daily stories about our chick!
Please check our site June 1st!!
Juvenile Whoopers Practice Flying at
When Tux is around nine months old,
sometime in January or February of 2001, he'll be put on a jet to Florida. There, he'll be
given a special leg band with a radio on it, and penned for a month with other birds his
own age--the chicks we're raising now. His wing will be tied so he can't fly out of the
pen. He'll spend that time, with the rest of his group--his cohort--getting used to the
surrounding area which will be new to him. After a month, his wing will be freed. It'll
take about a week before the stiffness in that wing will ease, then he and his cohort will
fly out of the pen on their own. They may join with other whoopers already in the release
area, or his cohort may stay together and discover their new world by themselves. They'll
be tracked every day by radio. We can only hope that Tux will grow up healthy and survive
in Florida to someday be another member of a successful pair of crane parents. He and the
other chicks we are currently raising are all part of the effort to save the whooping
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Hatch Day (Click on numbered links to view all other egg (negative numbers) and chick days).
To check on updates after day 14, go to whooper's