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USGS Patuxent Crane Facilities Hit Hard by Winter Storm

During the storm, some birds escaped from damaged pens
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wet heavy snow clings to trees and the endangered species sign in the aftermath of the storm. Photo by Glenn Olsen, USGS.
Wet heavy snow clings to trees and the endangered species sign in the aftermath of the storm. Photo by Glenn Olsen, USGS.
The snowy woods on the Patuxent refuge are beautiful, but the heavy snow cover made it difficult to capture loose birds. Photo by Glenn Olsen, USGS.
The snowy woods on the Patuxent refuge are beautiful, but the heavy snow cover made it difficult to capture loose birds. Photo by Glenn Olsen, USGS.
One of the escaped sandhill cranes wanders the snow-covered fields on the edge of a wooded area. Photo by Glenn Olsen, USGS.
One of the escaped sandhill cranes wanders the snow-covered fields on the edge of a wooded area. Photo by Glenn Olsen, USGS.
An escaped whooping crane wanders around inside the pen complex near the damaged pen he lives in. He was recaptured soon after this photo was taken. Photo by Glenn Olsen, USGS.
An escaped whooping crane wanders around inside the pen complex near the damaged pen he lives in. He was recaptured soon after this photo was taken. Photo by Glenn Olsen, USGS.
Another whooper recaptured by USGS crane technicians Dan Sprague, Brian Clauss (holding the bird) and Wayne Bauer after a chase through the woods. Photo by Glenn Olsen, USGS.
Another whooper recaptured by USGS crane technicians Dan Sprague, Brian Clauss (holding the bird) and Wayne Bauer after a chase through the woods. Photo by Glenn Olsen, USGS.