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USGS Patuxent Crane Facilities Hit Hard by Winter Storm

Once the storm was over, Patuxent staff, volunteers, and interns start on repairs
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Brad Knudsen, FWS Refuge Manager of Patuxent Research Refuge, carries a ladder as he helps begin the huge task of repairing the crane facilities. Jonathan Male, USGS Aviculturist for the crane program, carries needed tools on the tractor that is also used to carry rolls of damaged netting out of the area. Photo by Glenn Olsen, USGS.
Brad Knudsen, FWS Refuge Manager of Patuxent Research Refuge, carries a ladder as he helps begin the huge task of repairing the crane facilities. Jonathan Male, USGS Aviculturist for the crane program, carries needed tools on the tractor that is also used to carry rolls of damaged netting out of the area. Photo by Glenn Olsen, USGS.
Crews from both the USGS and FWS work together to remove damaged flight netting so pens can be repaired. From left: Holliday Obrecht, FWS Refuge Biologist, Dan Sprague and Kathleen O'Malley, USGS crane technicians. This pen is needed to help raise whooping crane chicks for the WCEP ultralight project. Photo by Judd A. Howell, USGS.
Crews from both the USGS and FWS work together to remove damaged flight netting so pens can be repaired. From left: Holliday Obrecht, FWS Refuge Biologist, Dan Sprague and Kathleen O'Malley, USGS crane technicians. This pen is needed to help raise whooping crane chicks for the WCEP ultralight project. Photo by Judd A. Howell, USGS.
John French, USGS Research Manager, helps removing torn netting from crane chick pens.
John French, USGS Research Manager, helps removing torn netting from crane chick pens. Photo by Glenn Olsen, USGS.
(From left on the ground) John French, USGS Research Manager, and Jonathan Male, USGS Aviculturist for the crane program, estimate how much flight netting will be needed to replace the damaged nets. On ladders, Nell Baldacchino (foreground), FWS Education/Outreach Team Leader at the National Visitor Center, leads a group of FWS volunteers and interns on net removal. Photo by Glenn Olsen, USGS.
(From left on the ground) John French, USGS Research Manager, and Jonathan Male, USGS Aviculturist for the crane program, estimate how much flight netting will be needed to replace the damaged nets. On ladders, Nell Baldacchino (foreground), FWS Education/Outreach Team Leader at the National Visitor Center, leads a group of FWS volunteers and interns on net removal. Photo by Glenn Olsen, USGS.
USGS Patuxent employees, FWS employees, and FWS interns and volunteers work together to remove damaged flight netting so pen repairs can be started. Many volunteers from other facilities and agencies have also helped in this task. Photo by Glenn Olsen, USGS.
USGS Patuxent employees, FWS employees, and FWS interns and volunteers work together to remove damaged flight netting so pen repairs can be started. Many volunteers from other facilities and agencies have also helped in this task. Photo by Glenn Olsen, USGS.