Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Mother and father adult Whooping Cranes keep a watchful eye over their young chick. Instead of being raised by costumed technicians, this parent-reared chick depends on its parents to learn how to forage for food and keep safe.
While some cranes are trained to migrate following an ultra-light aircraft, others are sent to Louisiana to join a non-migratory population of Whooping Cranes.
A young Sandhill Crane in the Fall at Patuxent.
One curious crane gets up-close and personal with the camera. As he gets older, those blue eyes will gradually turn to bright yellow.
A young Sandhill Crane experiences its first snowfall at Patuxent.
A group of young cranes are trained to follow costumed technicians.
A very special delivery.
Come visit the National Wildlife Visitor Center this Saturday, May 2, at 1:30 PM to hear Flight from Extinction: Restoring Whooping Cranes to North America by Dr. John French, Research Manager at Patuxent Wildlife Research Center. (Directions)
May is Magnificent Whooping Crane Month! Please visit our Friends of Patuxent's calender of events http://www.friendsofpatuxent.org/images/Calendar-MWCM_2015.pdf
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