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The rare salt wort, a plant that only exists in the rare inland salt marshes of northern Lancaster County, Nebraska. Its habitat is being threatened by development. The wort is part of the same ecosystem as the Salt Creek tiger beetle, a candidate for a federal endangered species listing.

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The Salt Creek tiger beetle is found only in northern Lancaster County, NE, and is down to less than a thousand individuals in the wild. It is on the emergency list for federal protection, but that may come too late.

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Salt Creek tiger beetles mating in northern Lancaster County, Nebraska. The insect only exists in this rare inland saline marsh, and is threatened by development.

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The Salt Creek tiger beetle is found only in northern Lancaster County, NE, and is down to less than a thousand individuals in the wild. It is on the emergency list for federal protection, but that may come too late.

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The Salt Creek tiger beetle is found only in northern Lancaster County, NE, and is down to less than a thousand individuals in the wild. It is on the emergency list for federal protection, but that may come too late.

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The Salt Creek tiger beetle is found only in northern Lancaster County, NE, and is down to less than a thousand individuals in the wild. It is on the emergency list for federal protection, but that may come too late.

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Salt Creek tiger beetles mating in northern Lancaster County, Nebraska. The insect only exists in this rare inland saline marsh, and is threatened by development.

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Entomologist Steve Spomer walks down the bank of Salt Creekin northern Lancaster County, Nebraska, looking for the Salt Creek tiger beetle. The insect only exists in this rare inland saline marsh, and is threatened by development.

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Salt Creek tiger beetles mating in northern Lancaster County, Nebraska. The insect only exists in this rare inland saline marsh, and is threatened by development.

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Entomologist Steve Spomer walks down the bank of Salt Creekin northern Lancaster County, Nebraska, looking for the Salt Creek tiger beetle. The insect only exists in this rare inland saline marsh, and is threatened by development.

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The Salt Creek tiger beetle is found only in northern Lancaster County, NE, and is down to less than a thousand individuals in the wild. It is on the emergency list for federal protection, but that may come too late.

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A situation fence between a salt marsh and a newly-constructed berm near I-80 and N. 27th St., Lincoln, NE.

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Run off from new construction in northern Lancaster County, Nebraska threatens the delicate saline wetland habitat that is home to the rare Salt Creek tiger beetle, a candidate for a federal endangered species listing.

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Run off from new construction in northern Lancaster County, Nebraska threatens the delicate saline wetland habitat that is home to the rare Salt Creek tiger beetle, a candidate for a federal endangered species listing.

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Salt marsh preserved near I-80 and N. 27th St., Lincoln, NE.

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Development creeps toward the “I-80 Fireline” — the last stand of habitat for the Salt Creek tiger beetle, a candidate for a federal endangered species listing. Run off from new construction in northern Lancaster County, Nebraska threatens the delicate saline wetland habitat.

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Run off from new construction in northern Lancaster County, Nebraska threatens the delicate saline wetland habitat that is home to the rare Salt Creek tiger beetle, a candidate for a federal endangered species listing.

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Run off from new construction in northern Lancaster County, Nebraska threatens the delicate saline wetland habitat that is home to the rare Salt Creek tiger beetle, a candidate for a federal endangered species listing.

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Run off from new construction in northern Lancaster County, Nebraska threatens the delicate saline wetland habitat that is home to the rare Salt Creek tiger beetle, a candidate for a federal endangered species listing.

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Run off from new construction in northern Lancaster County, Nebraska threatens the delicate saline wetland habitat that is home to the rare Salt Creek tiger beetle, a candidate for a federal endangered species listing.

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Run off from new construction in northern Lancaster County, Nebraska threatens the delicate saline wetland habitat that is home to the rare Salt Creek tiger beetle, a candidate for a federal endangered species listing.

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Run off from new construction in northern Lancaster County, Nebraska threatens the delicate saline wetland habitat that is home to the rare Salt Creek tiger beetle, a candidate for a federal endangered species listing.

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