On July 2nd, Patuxent waved goodbye to 6 healthy Whooping Cranes bound for Wisconsin to begin their migration south. To watch their progress, follow the cranes through Operation Migration's website.
Watch a time lapse video of a Sandhill Crane hatching here
Watch a clip of two adult parents showing their 4 day-old chick how to stay alert. Instead of being raised by humans in costume, this chick is being taught how forage and stay hydrated by its parents within Patuxent's captive Whooping Crane flock.