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A family outing in a pasture near Valparaiso, Nebraska.

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A family outing in a pasture near Valparaiso, Nebraska.

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Hunting permission sign at CRP ground near Loma, Nebraska.

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Hunting permission sign at CRP ground near Loma, Nebraska.

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Hunting permission sign at CRP ground near Loma, Nebraska.

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Hunting permission sign at CRP ground near Loma, Nebraska.

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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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Part of a smoky madtom’s (Noturus baileyi) fin is clipped so that its DNA can be tested to determine genetic diversity in the wild.

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Biologists use wet suits and snorkels to look for the critically endangered (IUCN) and federally endangered smoky madtom (Noturus baileyi) in Abrams Creek.

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A biologist wears a wet suit and snorkel to look for the critically endangered (IUCN) and federally endangered smoky madtom (Noturus baileyi) in Abrams Creek.

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A crew from the Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute uses electro shocker nets to collect and survey declining freshwater species in the Conasauga River in Tennessee.

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A mussel biologist holds a stripe-necked musk turtle (Sternotherus minor peltifer) in the Conasauga River, Tennessee.

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Cattle graze alongside the Conasagua River in Tennessee.

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A blue shiner (Cyprinella caerulea) in the Conasauga River, Tennessee. (US: Threatened; IUCN: Vulnerable)

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A mobile logperch (Percina kathae) in the Conasauga River, Tennessee.

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A tern flies near a lighthouse on Petit Manan National Wildlife Refuge, where thousands of shore and sea birds nest each year.

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An old truck and barn are reflected in a rear-view mirror.

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A pair of crested auklets (Aethia cristatella) in their breeding plumage.

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A common diuca-finch (Diuca diuca) perched on the thorns of a cactus.

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Sandhill cranes roost on the Platte River at twilight.

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A visitor casts a shadow on a saguaro cactus in Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge, one of the largest and unspoiled refuges in the United States.

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An early morning mist rolls over hills and vineyards near Pienza, Italy.

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A woman takes a photograph of ancient Indian cliff dwellings.

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A horse stands by a barbed wire fence in the sunset light.

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Rear view of an African elephant (Loxodonta africana). Listed as vulnerable (IUCN)

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A flock of black brant geese (Branta bernicla nigricans) gather on Alaska’s North Slope.

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