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A Mississippi sandhill crane (Grus canadensis pulla) at the Audobon Nature Institute, New Orleans, Louisiana. (US: Endangered)

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A Mississippi sandhill crane (Grus canadensis pulla) at the Audobon Nature Institute, New Orleans, Louisiana. (US: Endangered)

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A Jones pitcher plant or Mountain pitcher plant (Sarracenia rubra ssp. jonesii) at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, Atlanta, Georgia. (US: Endangered)

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A hairy rattleweed (Baptisia arachnifera) at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, Atlanta, Georgia. (US: Endangered)

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An American chaffseed (Schwalbea americana) at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, Atlanta, Georgia. (US: Endangered)

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An American chaffseed (Schwalbea americana) at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, Atlanta, Georgia. (US: Endangered)

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A blooming Stern’s medlar bush (Mespilus canescens) at the Missouri botanical gardens, St. Louis, Missouri.

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A green pitcher plant (Sarracenia oreophila) at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, Atlanta, Georgia. (US: Endangered)

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An Alabama canebrake pitcher plant (Sarracenia rubra ssp. alabamensis) at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, Atlanta, Georgia. (US: Endangered)

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An Alabama canebrake pitcher plant (Sarracenia rubra ssp. alabamensis) at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, Atlanta, Georgia. (US: Endangered)

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An Alabama canebrake pitcher plant (Sarracenia rubra ssp. alabamensis) at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, Atlanta, Georgia. (US: Endangered)

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Ouachita madtoms (Noturus lachneri) at Conservation Fisheries, Knoxville, Tennessee. (IUCN: Endangered)

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Endangered mussels from the Clinch River in eastern Tennessee. More endangered aquatic animals are found here than anywhere else in North America.

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Endangered mussels from the Clinch River in eastern Tennessee. More endangered aquatic animals are found here than anywhere else in North America.

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A mussel shows off coal fines, the sediments from Virginia’s coal mines that wash into the rivers of Tennessee. It is thought that coal fines and the use of heavy industrial chemicals to clean coal in Viriginia are both major factors in the disappearance of rare Mussels in the Clinch and Powell Rivers, two of the last places where many rare mussels were found.

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A mussel shows off coal fines, the sediments from Virginia’s coal mines that wash into the rivers of Tennessee. It is thought that coal fines and the use of heavy industrial chemicals to clean coal in Viriginia are both major factors in the disappearance of rare Mussels in the Clinch and Powell Rivers, two of the last places where many rare mussels were found.

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A Nashville crayfish (Orconectes shoupi) at the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, Nashville, Tennessee. (IUCN: Endangered, US: Endangered)

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Spotfin chubs (Erimonax monachus) at Conservation Fisheries, Knoxville, Tennessee. (US: Threatened)

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Ashy darters (Etheostoma cinereum) at Conservation Fisheries, Knoxville, Tennessee. (IUCN: Vulnerable)

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A blotchside logperch (Percina burtoni) at Conservation Fisheries, Knoxville, Tennessee. (IUCN: Vulnerable)

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An endangered (IUCN) pearl darter (Percina aurora) at Conservation Fisheries, Knoxville, Tennessee.

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A critically endangered (IUCN) chuckey madtom (Noturus crypticus) at Conservation Fisheries, Knoxville, Tennessee.

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A critically endangered (IUCN) chuckey madtom (Noturus crypticus) at Conservation Fisheries, Knoxville, Tennessee.

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A relict darter (Etheostoma chienense) at Conservation Fisheries, Knoxville, Tennessee. (US: threatened)

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A boulder darter (Etheostoma wapiti) at Conservation Fisheries, Knoxville, Tennessee. (IUCN: Vulnerable, US: Endangered)

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A flattened musk turtle (Sternotherus depressus). (IUCN: Vulnerable, US: Threatened)

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A critically endangered (IUCN) and federally endangered American burying beetle (Nicrophorus americanus) at the St. Louis Zoo, St. Louis, Missouri.

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A federally endangered Santa Anna River woolystar (Eriastrum densifolium ssp. sanctorum) at the Santa Anna River, California.

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Endangered Florida perforate cladonia (Cladonia perforata) at the Archbold Biological Station, Venus, Florida.

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Endangered Florida perforate cladonia (Cladonia perforata) at the Archbold Biological Station, Venus, Florida.

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An endangered (IUCN) and federally endangered southern mountain yellow-legged frog (Rana muscosa).

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An endangered (IUCN) and federally threatened yellow-blotched map turtle (Graptemys flavimaculata) at the Tennessee Aquarium, Chattanooga, Tennessee.

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A blowout penstemon (Penstemon haydenii) (endangered) in Lincoln, Nebraska.

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Critically endangered (IUCN) and federally endangered Cumberlandian combshell (Epioblasma brevidens) at the Clinch River near Sneedville, Tennessee.

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Federally endangered Iowa Pleistocene snail (Discus macclintocki). This is a relict from the last ice age, some 400,000 years ago. It lives in cold air vents on 37 different hillsides in Iowa (and one in Illinois) and survives only in the cold air that blows past underground ice and out of the cracks in limestone algific talus slopes.

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A Nashville crayfish (Orconectes shoupi) at the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, Nashville, Tennessee. (IUCN: Endangered, US: Endangered)

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