The USGS Whooping Crane Flock Ice Skating
A class photo! The entire gang of adolescent whooping crane chicks appear to be ice skating at the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Laurel, Md. The chicks, hatched and raised by USGS caretakers, are being released into the wild in Louisiana in February 2011. It is a milestone for the state and for the birds, which have not lived in the state since the 1950s.