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Black brant (Branta bernicla nigricans) shown from above at Teshekpuk Lake, Alaska.

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A white-fronted goose runs to freedom after being leg-banded by biologists. Annual goose surveys take place in the Teshekpuk Lake area, home to critical nesting habitat for many species of waterfowl.

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Biologists gather white-fronted geese to band and test for the avian flu in Alaska’s North Slope near Teshukpuk Lake.

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Biologists gather white-fronted geese to band and test for the avian flu in Alaska’s North Slope near Teshukpuk Lake.

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White-fronted geese under go capture and leg banding by biologists on the western part of the Slope near Teshukpuk Lake. The on going study has surveyed the population, age and health of several goose species for decades in hope of better managing the flocks.

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White-fronted geese under go capture and leg banding by biologists on the western part of the Slope near Teshukpuk Lake. The on going study has surveyed the population, age and health of several goose species for decades in hope of better managing the flocks.

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A white-fronted goose runs to freedom after being leg-banded by biologists. Annual goose surveys take place in the Teshekpuk Lake area, home to critical nesting habitat for many species of waterfowl.

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Two peregrine falcon chicks huddle in their cliff nest along the Colville River, the Slope’s largest. The bluffs along this river support one of the highest densities of nesting raptors in North America.

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Two peregrine falcon chicks huddle in their cliff nest along the Colville River, the Slope’s largest. The bluffs along this river support one of the highest densities of nesting raptors in North America.

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Shorebirds killed by a collision with power lines at Prudhoe Bay oil field on Alaska’s North Slope.

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A polar bear, fresh from feeding on whale remains, peeks in the window of a truck near Kaktovik, Alaska.

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A vulnerable (IUCN) and federally threatened polar bear off the coast of Kaktovik, Alaska.

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A vulnerable (IUCN) and federally threatened polar bear (Ursus maritimus) foraging in a dumpster at Prudhoe Bay, Alaska (one of the world’s largest industrial zones.)

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Grizzly asleep in cotton flower on Alaska’s north slope. The bear was tranquilized by biologists so they could radio collar it.

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Vast and unexplored, the Utukok Uplands are the summer calving grounds for the western arctic caribou herd. The area is thought to be underlain with deposits of coal, making the area vulnerable to strip mining.

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Caribou in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, doing their best to avoid mosquitoes along the coast.

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Shot through the lower back, a wounded caribou drags himself along the beach near Point Lay on far west side of the Slope. After butchering, the animal’s head was left behind as the meat was carried away.

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Members of the central arctic caribou herd avoid mosquitoes on a snow bank along the coastal plain near the edge of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

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Shot through the lower back, a wounded caribou drags himself along the beach near Point Lay on far west side of the Slope.

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Members of the nearly half million-strong western arctic caribou herd move through their post-calving area near the Slope’s west coast. Grasses rich in nutrition are critical for caribou nursing their young. They head back south over the Brooks range as winter approaches.

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ast and unexplored, the Utukok Uplands are the summer calving grounds for the western arctic caribou herd. The area is thought to be underlain with deposits of coal, making the area vulnerable to strip mining.

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Spread out across the uplands of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, the Porcupine caribou herd grazes in the midnightsun. The coastal plain of ANWR has become a battleground in the war for drilling on the Slope.

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Caribou warily cross a road in the Kuparek oil field, part of greater Prudhoe Bay. Those in favor point out that remnants of wildlife can still be seen in heavily developed oil fields. Environmentalists point out that the area is now an extremely polluted industrial zone.

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