The first and oldest chicks have fledged and the first five of our hospital chicks have graduated to soft-release pens in the colony. These are newly renovated and mosquito-proof pens in the colony where the chicks will reside for 1 week and fed once a day. This way they get to know the locals, hopefully imprint on the beach and colony and associate it with something pleasurable like 'eating' ie being fed when you are hungry. We hope to increase the chance they come back here to be rescued if necessary so they get another chance at life. It works, we have had birds return and sit in the open pen waiting for us to come and get them - or at the very least come and bring fish! One more week for these guys and then the gates will be opened and they are free to go........