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A prothonotary warbler (Protonotaria citrea) tends to its nest in a Cypress tree in the Cache River National Wildlife Refugee, Arkansas.

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For the first time in decades, wolves again chase elk through the Lamar Valley of Yellowstone. The reintroduction of wolves has been a great success, drawing a new generation of visitors to the park.

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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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A prothonotary warbler (Protonotaria citrea) tends to its nest in a Cypress tree in the Cache River National Wildlife Refugee, Arkansas.

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Subdivisions carved out of the marsh of what used to be the Everglades’ ecosystem. Naples, Florida.

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Aerials of Everglades National Park in the the 10,000 Islands area on the park’s west side near Naples. Mangrove trees thriving in mass form intricately-shaped strands.

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Aerial of Everglades National Park showing hardwood hammocks that dot the river of grass north of Flamingo.

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Aerials of Everglades National Park in the the 10,000 Islands area on the park’s west side near Naples. Mangrove trees thriving in mass form intricately-shaped strands.

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Marsh near Mahogany Hammock on the east side of the Everglades. Located in the Shark River Slough, this very wet portion of the Everglades contains grasses that are heavily ladenwith periphyton, a type of algae. The algae plays a critical role as a base of the food chain, but also provides coverfor fish eggs.

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Scenic of the unique Lake Wales Ridge ecosystem at Archbold Biological Research Station in central Florida.

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Scenic of the unique Lake Wales Ridge ecosystem at Archbold Biological Research Station in central Florida.

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Scenic of the unique Lake Wales Ridge ecosystem at Archbold Biological Research Station in central Florida.

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Scenic of the unique Lake Wales Ridge ecosystem at Archbold Biological Research Station in central Florida.

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Scenic of the unique Lake Wales Ridge ecosystem at Archbold Biological Research Station in central Florida.

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Scenic of the unique Lake Wales Ridge ecosystem at Archbold Biological Research Station in central Florida.

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A section of earth fell away near a creek bank, revealing the complex root system of prairie grasses (mostly big bluestem) in the Flint Hills of Kansas.

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A section of earth fell away near a creek bank, revealing the complex root system of prairie grasses (mostly big bluestem) in the Flint Hills of Kansas.

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A section of earth fell away near a creek bank, revealing the complex root system of prairie grasses (mostly big bluestem) in the Flint Hills of Kansas.

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A section of earth fell away near a creek bank, revealing the complex root system of prairie grasses (mostly big bluestem) in the Flint Hills of Kansas.

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A section of earth fell away near a creek bank, revealing the complex root system of prairie grasses (mostly big bluestem) in the Flint Hills of Kansas.

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A section of earth fell away near a creek bank, revealing the complex root system of prairie grasses (mostly big bluestem) in the Flint Hills of Kansas.

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A section of earth fell away near a creek bank, revealing the complex root system of prairie grasses (mostly big bluestem) in the Flint Hills of Kansas.

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A section of earth fell away near a creek bank, revealing the complex root system of prairie grasses (mostly big bluestem) in the Flint Hills of Kansas.

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A section of earth fell away near a creek bank, revealing the complex root system of prairie grasses (mostly big bluestem) in the Flint Hills of Kansas.

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A botanist with endangered cutthroat grass at Archibold Biological Station near Lake Wales, Florida.

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A botanist with endangered cutthroat grass at Archibold Biological Station near Lake Wales, Florida.

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A botanist with endangered cutthroat grass at Archibold Biological Station near Lake Wales, Florida.

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Photographer Joel Sartore, high atop scaffolding in Madidi National Park. Sartore spent days on the scaffolding so he could photograph macaws in flight.

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Photographer Joel Sartore, high atop scaffolding in Madidi National Park. Sartore spent days on the scaffolding so he could photograph macaws in flight.

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Photographer Joel Sartore receives chemotherapy (antimony, an arsenic derivative) to treat leishmaniasis, a flesh-eating parasite that he got on assignment in Madidi National Park, Bolivia, through the bite of a phlebotomous sandfly.

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Working in Madidi National Park in Bolivia can be both a rewarding and exhausting experience, as photographer Joel Sartore demonstrates.

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Photographer Joel Sartore learns that thriving insect populations mean a healthy ecosystem in Madidi National Park.

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Man-made shipping canals carved through a southern Louisiana marsh have allowed saltwater to intrude, eroding the freshwater marsh ecosystem.

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A fisherman among a stand of trees killed by saltwater intrusion in southern Louisiana.

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Man-made shipping canals carved through a southern Louisiana marsh have allowed saltwater to intrude, eroding the freshwater marsh ecosystem.

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Man-made shipping canals carved through a southern Louisiana marsh have allowed saltwater to intrude, eroding the freshwater marsh ecosystem.

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