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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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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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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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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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An endangered whooping crane, (Grus americana), feeds on crabs at a salt marshin Aransas NWR (TX.)

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Endangered whooping cranes, (Grus americana), feeds on crabs at a salt marshin Aransas NWR (TX.)

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