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Sandhill cranes roost on the Platte River near Gibbon, NE. This was at the Rowe Audubon Sanctuary.

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Sandhill cranes come in over the Platte River near Gibbon, NE. This was at the Rowe Audubon Sanctuary.

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Sandhill cranes roost on the Platte River near Gibbon, NE. This was at the Rowe Audubon Sanctuary.

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Sandhill cranes come in over the Platte River near Gibbon, NE. This was at the Rowe Audubon Sanctuary.

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Sandhill cranes come in over the Platte River near Gibbon, NE. This was at the Rowe Audubon Sanctuary.

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Sandhill cranes come in over the Platte River near Gibbon, NE. This was at the Rowe Audubon Sanctuary.

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Sandhill cranes come in over the Platte River near Gibbon, NE. This was at the Rowe Audubon Sanctuary.

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Sandhill cranes come in over the Platte River near Gibbon, NE. This was at the Rowe Audubon Sanctuary.

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Sandhill cranes come in over the Platte River near Gibbon, NE. This was at the Rowe Audubon Sanctuary.

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Sandhill cranes come in over the Platte River near Gibbon, NE. This was at the Rowe Audubon Sanctuary.

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Sandhill cranes roosting during a stop over on their annual migration in the Platte River, Nebraska.

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Sandhill cranes roosting during a stop over on their annual migration in the Platte River, Nebraska.

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Sandhill cranes roosting during a stop over on their annual migration in the Platte River, Nebraska.

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Sandhill cranes roosting during a stop over on their annual migration in the Platte River, Nebraska.

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Sandhill cranes roosting during a stop over on their annual migration in the Platte River, Nebraska.

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Sandhill cranes in flight over the Platte River near Gibbon, NE.

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“Whoophills” (a cross between a whooping crane, (Grus americana), and a sandhill crane) at Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge.

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A captive bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) at the Raptor Recovery Center near Malcom, Nebraska.

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A captive bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) at the Raptor Recovery Center near Malcom, Nebraska.

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Fire is used to control invasive species on the coastal prairie habitat of the Attwater Prairie Chicken NWR near Eagle Lake, Texas.

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Fire is used to control invasive species on the coastal prairie habitat of the Attwater Prairie Chicken NWR near Eagle Lake, Texas.

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A heat lamp serves as a surrogate mother for this juvenile Attwater’s prairie-chicken at the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center. Though captive breeding has saved the bird from certain extinction, without wild parents to teach young birds the dangers of predation, the future is still very uncertain.

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Eggs in the incubator at the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center.

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Just hatched, an exhausted Attwater’s prairie-chicken restsin the hands of a biologist after freeing itself from its egg in the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center’s incubator room.

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A young Attwater’s prairie-chicken (endangered) huddles in the grass, surveying its new surroundings near Texas City, TX.

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A heat lamp serves as a surrogate mother for this juvenile Attwater’s prairie-chicken at the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center. Captive breeding efforts are the species’ only hope for survival.

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A young Attwater’s prairie-chicken (endangered) huddles in the grass, surveying its new surroundings near Texas City, TX.

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A month old Attwater’s chick naps in the sun at Fossil Rim Wildlife Center.

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A heat lamp serves as a surrogate mother for this juvenile Attwater’s prairie-chicken at the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center. Captive breeding efforts are the species’ only hope for survival.

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Just hatched, an exhausted Attwater’s prairie-chicken restsafter freeing itself from its egg in the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center’s incubator room.

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This captive-born chick resting in the hands of a biologist represents the last hope for the Attwater’s prairie-chicken. The species which used to number over a million strong is now down to a few dozen, holding out in small islands of Texas coastal prairie.

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Close-up of an endangered male Attwater’s prairie- chicken,killed by a Cooper’s hawk. Predation is a normal part of healthy ecosystems, but shrinking habitat creates a problem when birds like the APC have no place to hide.

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