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The USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Laurel, Md. suffered major damage to its endangered species captive propagation complex due to the weekend rain and snowstorm. Biologists are concerned that the nearly total destruction to flight pens could impact the current breeding season for the endangered birds at the Center, which reopened only today due to the loss of power and damage from the storm. Closure of the Center has also resulted in the cancellation of the biennial science meeting that was to take place this week.
Patuxent has the largest captive flock of whooping cranes in the world, and also houses an extensive population of sandhill... MORE