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Zoo keepers wear crane costumes to bond with juvenile Mississippi sandhill cranes at the Audubon Species Survival Center, part of the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans, Louisiana. With just 110 adults in the wild now, every chick counts, and so young birds are taught how to forage for food by their human ‘parents’ out in flight pens until it’s time to be released into the wild again.

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A dead black drum as it floats through oiled waters near Grand Isle, LA.

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A tanker moves down a channel which bisects Sabine NWR in Louisiana. Part of this reserve has a system of gates, which can be closed in case an oil spill occurs .

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Snapped willow trunks are perches for egrets and ibis that survived hurricane Andrew in the Atchafalaya river basin in Louisiana.

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White pelicans (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) in migration flight over a barrier island fringing a Louisiana salt marsh in the Gulf of Mexico.

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A Louisiana-built oil drilling and production platform is carried by a Barge toward the Gulf of Mexico.

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A crucifixion statue in Holy Rosary Cemetery overlooks petrochemical plants massed upriver from New Orleans to Baton Rouge, Louisiana. High rates of malignancy among local residents have dubbed the region Cancer Alley.

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A teenager swims in a canal near Bayou Black, Louisiana.

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Revelers bedecked with traditional necklaces party at the Endymion Extravaganza during Mardi Gras at New Orleans’ Superdome.

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A sea turtle that was rescued from the deep water horizon oil spill being rehabilitated at the Audubon Nature Institute in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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A sea turtle that was rescued from the deep water horizon oil spill being rehabilitated at the Audubon Nature Institute in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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A studio portrait of a heavily-oiled adult Brown pelican (Pelicanus occidentalis) rescued from the deep water horizon oil spill at the rehab center at Fort Jackson, Louisiana.

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A crew working to clean an oiled bird at the rehab center in Fort Jackson, Louisiana. This is where the majority of the oiled birds were brought in from the deep water horizon oil spill.

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Workers washing an oiled brown pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) at the rehab center in Fort Jackson, Louisiana. This is where the majority of the oiled birds were brought in from the deep water horizon oil spill.

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A crew working to clean a brown pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) at the rehab center in Fort Jackson, Louisiana. This is where the majority of the oiled birds were brought in from the deep water horizon oil spill.

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A sea turtle that was rescued from the deep water horizon oil spill are being rehabilitated at the Audubon Nature Institute in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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A crew working to clean a brown pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) at the rehab center in Fort Jackson, Louisiana. This is where the majority of the oiled birds were brought in from the deep water horizon oil spill.

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A sea turtle that was rescued from the deep water horizon oil spill are being rehabilitated at the Audubon Nature Institute in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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A brown pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) waits in a holding pen at the rehab center in Fort Jackson, Louisiana. This is where most of the oiled birds were brought in from the deep water horizon oil spill.

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Sea turtles that were rescued from the deep water horizon oil spill being rehabilitated at the Audubon Nature Institute in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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A crew working to clean a brown pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) at the rehab center in Fort Jackson, Louisiana. This is where the majority of the oiled birds were brought in from the deep water horizon oil spill.

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A crew working to clean a pelican at the rehab center in Fort Jackson, Louisiana. This is where the majority of the oiled birds were brought in from the deep water horizon oil spill.

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A crew working to clean an oiled bird at the rehab center in Fort Jackson, Louisiana. This is where the majority of the oiled birds were brought in from the deep water horizon oil spill.

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Helicopter shadow over oiled marsh near Port Sulphur, Louisiana.

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An aerial of heavily oiled marshlands surrounded by oil booms in Barataria Bay, Louisiana.

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A group of oiled pelicans recused from the gulf oil spill waiting to be washed at the rehab center in Fort Jackson, Louisiana. This is were the majority of the oiled birds were brought in from the deep water horizon oil spill.

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A crew working to clean a brown pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) at the rehab center in Fort Jackson, Louisiana. This is where the majority of the oiled birds were brought in from the deep water horizon oil spill.

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A group of oiled pelicans recused from the gulf oil spill waiting to be washed at the rehab center in Fort Jackson, Louisiana. This is were the majority of the oiled birds were brought in from the deep water horizon oil spill.

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A clean up crew hired by BP tries to sop oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill, along the shoreline on Queen Bess island in Barataria Bay, Louisiana.

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A dead black drum (Pogonias cromis) as it floats through oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill, near Grand Isle, Louisiana.

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Berms were built on a barrier island near Grand Isle, Louisiana, in an attempt to protect it from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

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An oiled white ibis (Eudocimus albus) lifts off from a rookery on a barrier island in Barataria Bay, Louisiana.

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Oil booms were deployed to defend Cat Island, Louisiana (an important bird rookery) from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. They proved largely ineffective.

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Portrait of a dead sea turtle, covered in oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

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Shrimp boats sit idle at the Myrtle Grove marina in Belle Chasse, Louisiana. The economic impact of the Deepwater Horizon spill will be felt for years to come.

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