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A Swainson’s hawk (Buteo swainsoni) at the World Bird Sanctuary.

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A Swainson’s hawk (Buteo swainsoni) at the World Bird Sanctuary.

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A Swainson’s hawk (Buteo swainsoni) at the World Bird Sanctuary.

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A male Harris’ hawk (Parabuteo unicinctus harrisi) at the Denver Zoo.

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A male Harris’ hawk (Parabuteo unicinctus harrisi) at the Denver Zoo.

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A red-tailed hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) at the Denver Zoo.

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A red-tailed hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) at the Denver Zoo.

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A red-tailed hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) at the Denver Zoo.

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A hawk near the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge.

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A hawk near the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge.

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A hawk near the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge.

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White tailed-hawks are normal parts of the prairie ecosystem, but when shrinking habitat leaves endangered birds like the Attwater’s prairie chicken no place to hide, predation becomes a problem. The McCartney rose bush underneath its nest is a woody, exotic species that threatens the prairie itself.

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A Cooper’s hawk feeds on a male Attwater’s prairie-chicken it killed on a lek near Texas City, TX. Birds of prey are avital part of a healthy ecosystem, but since APC’s habitat has shrunk to a few small patches of prairie, hawks pose a substantial risk to the endangered bird.

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