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The Houston ship channel flows through what used to be native coastal prairie. Industrial development and sprawl from the city have greatly reduced the range of the Attwater’s prairie-chicken and other wildlife to small pockets of grassland habitat.

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Helicopters are used to selectively log old-growth forest along Clayoquot Sound on Vancouver Island (British Columbia, Canada.)

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Flamingos puff up their feathers against the cold as they roost at Laguna Colorada, Bolivia. The variation in temperature between day and night is so extreme that their legs are frozen in a thin layer of ice during the night, which is melted by the sun.

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

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A jabiru stork brings soft grasses to line its nest, oblivious to the destruction brought to the rest of the forest by bulldozers. Land is being cleared in the Brazilian Pantanal for development and agriculture at an alarming rate, threatening this wetland ecosystem.

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American wood storks (endangered) in the Florida Panther NWR.

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A Cooper’s hawk feeds on a male Attwater’s prairie-chicken it killed on a lek near Texas City, TX. Birds of prey are avital part of a healthy ecosystem, but since APC’s habitat has shrunk to a few small patches of prairie, hawks pose a substantial risk to the endangered bird.

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A male Gunnison’s sage grouse struts and displays his inflated neck sac, trying to attract a mate. (Near Gunnison, CO.)

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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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Juvenile California condors, (Gymnogyps californianus) critically endangered (IUCN) and federally endangered, recently released into the wild, feed on a calf that was left for them by biologists. (Los Padres Nat’l Forest)

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Macaw feathers being smuggled out of Bolivia as part of a souvenir head dress.

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Red-and-green macaws in flight over Madidi National Park, Bolivia.

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A polar bear feeds on the jaws of a bowhead whale harvested by natives along the coast of ANWR.

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A black bear feeds on sockeye salmon on the Kennedy River, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.

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George Taylor of Vancouver Island dons a grizzly mask. He and his wife run the La-La-La Dancers, a Native American dance troupe.

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Max Tylee of British Columbia, a victim of mauling by a grizzly bear.

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“A fed bear is a dead bear” is the motto of bear biologists who warn of more bears being killed as people continue to encroach upon bear habitat.

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Veteran bear biologist Carrie Hunt of the Wind River Institute trains Karelian bear dogs to recognize bears’ scent

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An overpass for wildlife (including bears) was built over this busy highway near Banff, Canada.

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Doug Seus with Bart the Bear (the late star of movies and television) at their training facility in Utah.

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Barney the bear stands up for a spoonful of grape jelly from his trainer, Ruth LaBarge.

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Ruth LaBarge’s trained bear is all roar and no bite for a group of Boy Scouts in southern California.

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Scott Handley and Baloo the bear make the rounds of his California ranch. “Few people understand the commitment,” says Handley. “I can’t take a vacation. He gets lonely.”

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Grizzly bears attracted to the dumpsters at the oil field sites in Prudhoe Bay, AK.

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A grizzly bear runs down a bison calf, pursued by its mother, in Yellowstone National Park. This behavior is rarely caught on film.

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A grizzly bear feeds on a whale carcass on the shores of Katmai National Park, Alaska.

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A grizzly bear walks past a set of moose antlers at Katmai’s Naknek Lake. Food is plentiful up in Alaska, especially so near the salmon-rich Brooks River.

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Brooks Falls in Alaska’s Katmai Nat’l Park and Preserve is a popular tourist spot. Bears pack the falls there, catching salmon as they swim upstream.

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Brooks Falls in Alaska’s Katmai Nat’l Park and Preserve is a popular tourist spot. Bears pack the falls there, catching salmon as they swim upstream.

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A grizzly bear fishes for salmon at night near Kulik, Alaska.

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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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