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Grizzly asleep in cotton flower on Alaska’s north slope. The bear was tranquilized by biologists so they could radio collar it.

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Biologists collar a tranquilized grizzly bear near Prudhoe Bay, Alaska on the Arctic coastal plain. They are studying how the bears live with the oil fields in the area.

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Freshwater mussels collected by biologists from the Clinch River in Tennessee.

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Cumberlandian combshell (endangered freshwater mussel) in the hands of biologists on the Clinch River in Kentucky. Mussels are the most endangered fauna species, with 50% of them now either threatened, endangered, or extinct.

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Endangered freshwater mussels in the hands of biologists onthe Clinch River in Kentucky. Mussels are the most endangered fauna species, with 50% of them now either threatened, endangered, or extinct.

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Biologists dive in search of endangered freshwater mussels on the Clinch River in Kentucky. Mussels are the most endangered fauna species, with 50% of them now either threatened,endangered, or extinct.

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Endangered freshwater mussels in the hands of biologists onthe Clinch River in Kentucky. Mussels are the most endangered fauna species, with 50% of them now either threatened, endangered, or extinct.

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Endangered freshwater mussels in the hands of biologists onthe Clinch River in Kentucky. Mussels are the most endangered fauna species, with 50% of them now either threatened, endangered, or extinct.

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Endangered freshwater mussels in the hands of biologists onthe Clinch River in Kentucky. Mussels are the most endangered fauna species, with 50% of them now either threatened, endangered, or extinct.

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A black-footed ferret peers over the shoulder of a biologist at a captive breeding center in Sybille, Wyoming.

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Spotlighting for black-footed ferrets at a release site near Sybille, WY.

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Spotlighting for black-footed ferrets at a release site near Sybille, WY.

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Spotlighting for black-footed ferrets at a release site near Sybille, WY.

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Spotlighting for black-footed ferrets at a release site near Sybille, WY.

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Spotlighting for black-footed ferrets at UL Bend NWR (within Charles M. Russell NWR), Montana.

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Jerris Foote of Sarasota’s Mote Marine Lab patrols the beach on Casey Key (south of Sarasota) to tag and measure any nesting female loggerhead turtles.

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Jerris Foote of Sarasota’s Mote Marine Lab patrols the beach on Casey Key (south of Sarasota) to tag and measure any nesting female loggerhead turtles.

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Jerris Foote of Sarasota’s Mote Marine Lab patrols the beach on Casey Key (south of Sarasota) to tag and measure any nesting female loggerhead turtles.

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A female biologist uses radio telemetry to track juvenile desert tortoises in the Mojave Desert.

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A biologist watches for endangered desert tortoises as a bulldozer makes way for a housing development in their last remaining habitat.

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Workers at the Key Deer NWR in Florida with an endangered Florida Key Deer. A housing development was built right through their habitat, and many, like the deer shown here, are hit and injured (and often killed) by motorists.

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Biologists capture endangered Florida manatees to do blood work and tagging at Apollo Beach, Florida.

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Biologists capture endangered Florida manatees to do blood work and tagging at Apollo Beach, Florida.

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Biologists study an ocelot at the SESC Reserve in Brazil’s Pantanal region.

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Biologists study an ocelot at the SESC Reserve in Brazil’s Pantanal region.

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Ten different species of bats await cataloging by biologists on a collecting trip to the Brazilian Pantanal, one of the richest ecosystems in South America.

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Musk oxen are surveyed by helicopter at Nunivak Island, part of the Yukon Delta NWR, Alaska.

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Musk oxen are surveyed by helicopter at Nunivak Island, part of the Yukon Delta NWR, Alaska.

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Musk oxen are surveyed by helicopter at Nunivak Island, part of the Yukon Delta NWR, Alaska.

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Musk oxen are surveyed by helicopter at Nunivak Island, part of the Yukon Delta NWR, Alaska.

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Biologist Brian deLong reaches into a Northern fur seal rookery with a pole to retrieve a dead pup for necropsy on St. George Island in Alaska’s Pribilof Islands. Both seal and sea lion populations have declined sharply in recent years due to human overfishing.

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Biologist Terry Spraker looks out over a Northern fur sealrookery on St. George Island in Alaska’s Pribilof Islands. Both seal and sea lion populations have declined sharply inrecent years due to human overfishing.

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Biologist Brian deLong reaches into a Northern fur seal rookery with a pole to retrieve a dead pup for necropsy on St. George Island in Alaska’s Pribilof Islands. Both seal and sea lion populations have declined sharply in recent years due to human overfishing.

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