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Patuxent Wildlife Research Center

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A young sandhill crane enjoys some Fall color at Patuxent.

Sandhill cranes, while not endangered, are a valuable part of Patuxent’s breeding program. Sometimes the captive Whooping Cranes
at Patuxent have trouble sitting on their eggs so those eggs are taken away and placed under Sandhill Cranes. They sit on valuable
Whooping Crane eggs and act as surrogate incubators. The Sandhill Cranes can be more reliable that mechanical incubators.

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