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Joel Sartore photographs the threatened lesser prairie chicken in Laverne, Oklahoma.

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Joel Sartore photographs the threatened lesser prairie chicken in Laverne, Oklahoma.

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Vulnerable (IUCN) lesser prairie-chickens (Tympanuchus pallidicinctus) perform their annual mating dances on a ‘gobbling ground’ near Laverne, OK.

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Vulnerable (IUCN) lesser prairie-chickens (Tympanuchus pallidicinctus) perform their annual mating dances on a ‘gobbling ground’ near Laverne, OK.

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Vulnerable (IUCN) lesser prairie-chickens (Tympanuchus pallidicinctus) perform their annual mating dances on a ‘gobbling ground’ near Laverne, OK.

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Vulnerable (IUCN) lesser prairie-chickens (Tympanuchus pallidicinctus) perform their annual mating dances on a ‘gobbling ground’ near Laverne, OK.

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Vulnerable (IUCN) lesser prairie-chickens (Tympanuchus pallidicinctus) perform their annual mating dances on a ‘gobbling ground’ near Laverne, OK.

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Vulnerable (IUCN) lesser prairie-chickens (Tympanuchus pallidicinctus) perform their annual mating dances on a ‘gobbling ground’ near Laverne, OK.

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Vulnerable (IUCN) lesser prairie-chickens (Tympanuchus pallidicinctus) perform their annual mating dances on a ‘gobbling ground’ near Laverne, OK.

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Vulnerable (IUCN) lesser prairie-chickens (Tympanuchus pallidicinctus) perform their annual mating dances on a ‘gobbling ground’ near Laverne, OK.

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One of the last gobbling grounds of the lesser prairie chicken in Laverne, Oklahoma.

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A studio portrait of a vulnerable (IUCN) male lesser prairie-chicken (Tympanuchus pallidicinctus) that was caught to be radio collared.

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A studio portrait of a vulnerable (IUCN) male lesser prairie-chicken (Tympanuchus pallidicinctus) that was caught to be radio collared.

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A studio portrait of a vulnerable (IUCN) male lesser prairie-chicken (Tympanuchus pallidicinctus) that was caught to be radio collared.

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A studio portrait of a vulnerable (IUCN) male lesser prairie-chicken (Tympanuchus pallidicinctus) that was caught to be radio collared.

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A studio portrait of a vulnerable (IUCN) male lesser prairie-chicken (Tympanuchus pallidicinctus) that was caught to be radio collared.

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A studio portrait of a vulnerable (IUCN) male lesser prairie-chicken (Tympanuchus pallidicinctus) that was caught to be radio collared.

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A studio portrait of a vulnerable (IUCN) male lesser prairie-chicken (Tympanuchus pallidicinctus) that was caught to be radio collared.

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A studio portrait of a vulnerable (IUCN) male lesser prairie-chicken (Tympanuchus pallidicinctus) that was caught to be radio collared.

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A studio portrait of a vulnerable (IUCN) male lesser prairie-chicken (Tympanuchus pallidicinctus) that was caught to be radio collared.

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A studio portrait of a vulnerable (IUCN) male lesser prairie-chicken (Tympanuchus pallidicinctus) that was caught to be radio collared.

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A studio portrait of a vulnerable (IUCN) male lesser prairie-chicken (Tympanuchus pallidicinctus) that was caught to be radio collared.

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A studio portrait of a vulnerable (IUCN) male lesser prairie-chicken (Tympanuchus pallidicinctus) that was caught to be radio collared.

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A studio portrait of a vulnerable (IUCN) male lesser prairie-chicken (Tympanuchus pallidicinctus) that was caught to be radio collared.

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A vulnerable (IUCN) male lesser prairie-chicken (Tympanuchus pallidicinctus) that was caught in a walk-in trap to be radio collared. Lesser prairie-chicken numbers have declined drastically all through their limited range in the Southern Great Plains in recent years. Biologists fear that this species could be lost without habitat improvement such as the marking of fences that the birds often hit in flight, as well as the restriction of wind turbine farms that cause major disruption to the bird.

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A vulnerable (IUCN) male lesser prairie-chicken (Tympanuchus pallidicinctus) that was caught in a walk-in trap to be radio collared. Lesser prairie-chicken numbers have declined drastically all through their limited range in the Southern Great Plains in recent years. Biologists fear that this species could be lost without habitat improvement such as the marking of fences that the birds often hit in flight, as well as the restriction of wind turbine farms that cause major disruption to the bird.

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A vulnerable (IUCN) male lesser prairie-chicken (Tympanuchus pallidicinctus) that was caught in a walk-in trap to be radio collared. Lesser prairie-chicken numbers have declined drastically all through their limited range in the Southern Great Plains in recent years. Biologists fear that this species could be lost without habitat improvement such as the marking of fences that the birds often hit in flight, as well as the restriction of wind turbine farms that cause major disruption to the bird.

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A vulnerable (IUCN) male lesser prairie-chicken (Tympanuchus pallidicinctus) that was caught in a walk-in trap to be radio collared. Lesser prairie-chicken numbers have declined drastically all through their limited range in the Southern Great Plains in recent years. Biologists fear that this species could be lost without habitat improvement such as the marking of fences that the birds often hit in flight, as well as the restriction of wind turbine farms that cause major disruption to the bird.

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A vulnerable (IUCN) male lesser prairie-chicken (Tympanuchus pallidicinctus) that was caught in a walk-in trap to be radio collared. Lesser prairie-chicken numbers have declined drastically all through their limited range in the Southern Great Plains in recent years. Biologists fear that this species could be lost without habitat improvement such as the marking of fences that the birds often hit in flight, as well as the restriction of wind turbine farms that cause major disruption to the bird.

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A studio portrait of a vulnerable (IUCN) male lesser prairie-chicken (Tympanuchus pallidicinctus) that was caught to be radio collared.

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A studio portrait of a vulnerable (IUCN) male lesser prairie-chicken (Tympanuchus pallidicinctus) that was caught to be radio collared.

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A studio portrait of a vulnerable (IUCN) male lesser prairie-chicken (Tympanuchus pallidicinctus) that was caught to be radio collared.

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A studio portrait of a vulnerable (IUCN) male lesser prairie-chicken (Tympanuchus pallidicinctus) that was caught to be radio collared.

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A lesser prairie chicken is released back into the wild after a biologist has fitted it with a radio collar and leg bands in Laverne, Oklahoma.

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A vulnerable (IUCN) lesser prairie chicken is released back into the wild after a biologist has fitted it with a radio collar and leg bands in Laverne, Oklahoma.

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