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USGS Patuxent Crane Facilities Hit Hard by Winter Storm

Pen damage from the storm was extensive
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Collapsed flight netting makes it almost impossible to enter this pen. This was typical storm damage throughout 105 pens. Photo by Glenn Olsen, USGS.
Collapsed flight netting makes it almost impossible to enter this pen. This was typical storm damage throughout 105 pens. Photo by Glenn Olsen, USGS.
The weight of the snow on the flight netting caused the netting to tear through support cables and beams. Photo by Glenn Olsen, USGS.
The weight of the snow on the flight netting caused the netting to tear through support cables and beams.
Photo by Glenn Olsen, USGS.
Judd A. Howell, Center Director for the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, walks through a pen complex assessing the scope of the damage. Photo by Glenn Olsen, USGS.
Judd A. Howell, Center Director for the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, walks through a pen complex assessing the scope of the damage. Photo by Glenn Olsen, USGS.
The chain link walls in this pen were pulled away from the support posts by the weight of the snow on the flight netting. Eric Lewis, a USGS Patuxent Facilities team member, asseses the damage to the walls and broken support cables. This pen is normally used in the spring to raise chicks for the WCEP ultralight project. Photo by Judd A. Howell, USGS.
The chain link walls in this pen were pulled away from the support posts by the weight of the snow on the flight netting. Eric Lewis, a USGS Patuxent Facilities team member, asseses the damage to the walls and broken support cables. This pen is normally used in the spring to raise chicks for the WCEP ultralight project. Photo by Judd A. Howell, USGS.
A pair of whoopers in the pen next door views a shade shelter that has collapsed from the weight of the snow in the pen next to theirs. This pair is in one of the few pens undamaged by the storm. Photo by Glenn Olsen, USGS.
A pair of whoopers in the pen next door views a shade shelter that has collapsed from the weight of the snow in the pen next to theirs. This pair is in one of the few pens undamaged by the storm. Photo by Glenn Olsen, USGS.
These whoopers have found a safe spot in their pen under the collapsed flight netting. Since they can't get to their feed shed, a feeder was placed near them while they awaited transportation to a safer pen. The safety of the birds was paramount and every bird in an unsafe pen was quickly moved to safer quarters. Photo by Judd A. Howell, USGS.
These whoopers have found a safe spot in their pen under the collapsed flight netting. Since they can't get to their feed shed, a feeder was placed near them while they awaited transportation to a safer pen. The safety of the birds was paramount and every bird in an unsafe pen was quickly moved to safer quarters. Photo by Judd A. Howell, USGS.
Members of the USGS Patuxent crane crew, (from left) Charles Shaffer, Jane Chandler, Dan Sprague (standing, holding whooper), Sharon Marroulis (sitting with whooper), and Jennifer Green, transport whoopers out of a damaged pen to a safer facility. All the breeding pairs had to be relocated, even the birds in undamaged pens, to allow work crews to begin working to repair the facilities. Photo by Judd A. Howell, USGS.
Members of the USGS Patuxent crane crew, (from left) Charles Shaffer, Jane Chandler, Dan Sprague (standing, holding whooper), Sharon Marroulis (sitting with whooper), and Jennifer Green, transport whoopers out of a damaged pen to a safer facility. All the breeding pairs had to be relocated, even the birds in undamaged pens, to allow work crews to begin working to repair the facilities. Photo by Judd A. Howell, USGS.
Members of the USGS Patuxent crane crew, (from left) Jane Chandler, Charles Shaffer, Brian Clauss, Jennifer Green, and Dan Sprague, capture sandhills in a damaged pen to transport them to a safer facility. All the sandhills in the Silver Series had to be relocated to allow work crews to begin working to repair the facilities. Photo by Glenn Olsen, USGS.
Members of the USGS Patuxent crane crew, (from left) Jane Chandler, Charles Shaffer, Brian Clauss, Jennifer Green, and Dan Sprague, capture sandhills in a damaged pen to transport them to a safer facility. All the sandhills in the Silver Series had to be relocated to allow work crews to begin working to repair the facilities. Photo by Glenn Olsen, USGS.