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A young woman holding hands with her brother and cousin at their home in Crosslake, Minnesota.

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A mother and son hold hands together next to Leech Lake, Minnesota.

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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 turtle researcher holds a half-day-old hatchling leatherback turtle (Dermochelys coriacea). (IUCN: Critically Endangered, US: Endangered)

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A man cradles a ground-dwelling chick in his hands in the Atacama Desert in Chile.

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A piping plover (Charadrius melodus). (US: Endangered)

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Pale milk snake (Lampropeltis triangulum multistriata) collected in the Nebraska Sandhills–Thomas County.

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Several hands sort hardware on a sawmill farm in Cortland, Nebraska.

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A European barn owl (Tyto alba alba) on the right and an American barn owl (Tyto alba pranticola) on the left at the Raptor Recovery Center, Nebraska.

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A European barn owl (Tyto alba alba) on the right and an American barn owl (Tyto alba pranticola) on the left at the Raptor Recovery Center, Nebraska.

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A European barn owl (Tyto alba alba) on the right and an American barn owl (Tyto alba pranticola) on the left at the Raptor Recovery Center, Nebraska.

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Joel and Kathy Sartore holds hands at their home in Lincoln, NE.

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Joel and Kathy Sartore holds hands at their home in Lincoln, NE.

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A worker on Avery Island displays the peppers used to make McIlhenny Tabasco Sauce.

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A worker on Avery Island displays the peppers used to make McIlhenny Tabasco Sauce.

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Native Americans in prayer at the First Salmon Ceremony near Celilo, OR.

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A five-week-old endangered golden conure (Guaruba guarouba) at the Sedgwick County Zoo, Wichita, Kansas.

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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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