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A prairie ringneck snake (Diadophis punctatus arnyi) from a private collection.

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A prairie ringneck snake (Diadophis punctatus arnyi) from a private collection.

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A prairie ringneck snake (Diadophis punctatus arnyi) from a private collection.

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A Prairie ringneck snake (Diadophis punctatus arnyi) from a private collection.

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A Prairie ringneck snake (Diadophis punctatus arnyi) from a private collection.

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A man in a cowboy hat stands on a dirt road during a snow storm.

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A man in cowboy boots stands on a dirt road during a snow storm.

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A man leaps in the air on a gravel road near Walton, Nebraska.

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Kathy Sartore at Spring Creek Prairie near Denton, NE.

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Kathy Sartore at Spring Creek Prairie near Denton, NE.

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Banding crews working on the endangered Cape Sable seaside sparrow. This bird is down to about 2,000 individuals and declining, with nearly all found within Everglades National Park in south Florida.

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Banding crews working on the endangered Cape Sable seaside sparrow. This bird is down to about 2,000 individuals and declining, with nearly all found within Everglades National Park in south Florida.

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Banding crews working on the endangered Cape Sable seaside sparrow. This bird is down to about 2,000 individuals and declining, with nearly all found within Everglades National Park in south Florida.

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Three teenage girls model dresses on the edge of a Nebraska prairie.

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Three teenage girls on the edge of a Nebraska prairie.

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A herd of bison (Bison bison) running across the prairie on the Triple U Bison Ranch near Fort Pierre, South Dakota. This ranch has about 2,000 head of bison on over 50,000 acres.

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A herd of bison (Bison bison) running across the prairie on the Triple U Bison Ranch near Fort Pierre, South Dakota. This ranch has about 2,000 head of bison on over 50,000 acres.

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A bison (Bison bison) standing on the prairie at Maxwell State Game Preserve in Canton, Kansas.

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A horse stands by a barbed wire fence in the sunset light near Howes, South Dakota.

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A herd of American bison (Bison bison) standing in the rain on Fort Niobrara NWR in Nebraska.

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A volunteer collects seeds from wildflowers and native grasses to plant. Since they were never farmed, old graveyards are prime locations for finding the original tallgrass that has virtually disappeared elsewhere on the Great Plains.

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Before a highway is widened here, botanists are dispatched to instruct workers on how to safeguard the threatened western prairie fringed orchid. On rare occasions roads have been diverted to save imperiled vegetation, whose advocates complain that the ESA grants far less protection to plants than to animals.

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A skull of an American bison (Bison bison) on the Triple U Ranch near Ft. Pierre, South Dakota. This ranch has about 2,000 head of bison on over 50,000 acres.

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A large herd of bison (Bison bison) running across the prairie on the Triple U Bison Ranch near Fort Pierre, South Dakota. This ranch has about 2,000 head of bison on over 50,000 acres.

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A deceased American bison (Bison bison) on the Triple U Ranch near Ft. Pierre, South Dakota. This ranch has about 2,000 head of bison on over 50,000 acres.

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A large herd of bison (Bison bison) running across the prairie on the Triple U Bison Ranch near Fort Pierre, South Dakota. This ranch has about 2,000 head of bison on over 50,000 acres.

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A large herd of bison (Bison bison) running across the prairie on the Triple U Bison Ranch near Fort Pierre, South Dakota. This ranch has about 2,000 head of bison on over 50,000 acres.

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A large herd of bison (Bison bison) running across the prairie on the Triple U Bison Ranch near Fort Pierre, South Dakota. This ranch has about 2,000 head of bison on over 50,000 acres.

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A large herd of bison (Bison bison) running across the prairie on the Triple U Bison Ranch near Fort Pierre, South Dakota. This ranch has about 2,000 head of bison on over 50,000 acres.

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