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.
"11 Juvenile Whooping Cranes Released at White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area."
"11 Whooping Cranes from Patuxent arrived safely in Louisiana."
"A bumper year for blue crabs in Texas helps wild Whoopers."
"Wild Whooping Cranes start to arrive in Texas"
Citizens are urged to report Whooping Crane sightings as they begin their Fall migration.
Wild Whooping cranes wintering in Texas are welcomed by hospitable conditions
Wild Flock of Whooping Cranes Begin Migration South
We have fun feeding and caring for our crane chicks but what about the adult birds? Watch a typical feed day in this movie.
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
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.
Our first Whooping Crane chick of 2015 has hatched!
Watch our 2 day-old chick chow down
Watch our Charlie Shafer talk about Patuxent's Whooping Crane Program with the Baltimore Sun
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