The First Family
in the New Eastern Flock

On September 1 special visitors arrived on the chicks' training strip. The pilots watched in amazement as the flock's first family showed up. This is where the parents themselves trained as chicks in 2002. Pilot Joe Duff said, "I guess we should have expected that one day the wild parents would bring their chicks to visit."

"The chicks look healthy, but one is much larger than the other. In fact, it is bigger than the adult female. The smaller of the two stayed very close to its parents while the larger wandered.

"It was interesting to see how the wild chicks completely ignored objects as foreign as pens, aircraft, and costumed handlers—simply because their parents showed no fear. It clearly demonstrates that chicks take their cues from the adults."

Photo: Joe Duff, Operation Migration