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A man stands outside atop the State Capitol in Lincoln.

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Managers at the Attwater Prairie Chicken NWR must use controlled fire to kill invasive woody species and keep the prairie healthy.

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Spruce grouse at Knight Inlet, British Columbia, Canada.

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An endangered Attwater’s prairie-chicken over one of its last booming grounds in Texas’ coastal prairie.

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Attwater’s prairie-chicken (Endangered under the Federal ESA) at the Houston Zoo.

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Endangered Attwater’s prairie chickens mate, giving their species one more chance for survival. (Near Texas City, TX.)

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The nest of a captive female Attwater’s prairie-chicken (endangered.) Few of these eggs will hatch, and few of the surviving chicks will make it to adulthood.

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A male Attwater’s prairie-chicken watches the sky for predators. The endangered birds depend on native coastal prairiegrasses for food and a place to hide from predators.

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The endangered Attwater’s prairie-chicken needs short grass to see other members of its species as well as predators. Biologists rotate cattle grazing to simulate the bison that once kept the prairie trimmed.

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A critically endangered black-and-white ruffed lemur (Varecia variegata).

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A critically endangered black-and-white ruffed lemur (Varecia variegata).

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Gunnison’s prairie dog outside its burrow near Craig, Colorado.

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Gunnison’s prairie dog outside its burrow near Craig, Colorado.

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Gunnison’s prairie dog outside its burrow near Craig, Colorado.

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Gunnison’s prairie dog near Craig, Colorado. This species lives in relatively high elevations (1,830 to 3,660 m), and especially near the 4 corners region.

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Gunnison’s prairie dog sage brush habitat near Craig, Colorado.

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