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2015 Rescued Captive Reared GLPIPL Now Flying Free

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A 2015 rescued captive raised GLPIPL chick on it's way to be released back into the wild.

A 2015 rescued captive raised GLPIPL chick on it’s way to be released back into the wild.

As of July 18th, all seven of the 2015 GLPIPL chicks that were rescued as eggs and raised in our Detroit Zoo sponsored captive rearing center were released. These chicks came from three different nests. Predation on a nest, predation on an adult, and a storm wash out led to these clutches of eggs being collected and brought in. The chicks were incubated and then raised until they were capable of flying by zookeepers that come from across the country to care for the birds.

Four chicks were released at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lake Shore and three chicks were released in Manistee. The chicks are released at sites that have wild chicks of similar age. This is done in the hopes that they can learn from each other as well as have protection in numbers. We do a predator analysis as well to ensure the release location is safe.

To learn more about our captive rearing program check out our permanent, informational page: What We Do – Rescue Captive Rearing

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