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Federally threatened Decurrent false aster (Boltonia decurrens), at the Missouri Botanical Garden.

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Federally threatened Decurrent false aster (Boltonia decurrens), at the Missouri Botanical Garden.

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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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This bird earned questionable notoriety as a job buster. It is the northern spotted owl (Strix occidentalis occidentalis), listed as threatened in 1990; it w as expected to cause thousands of job losses by disrupting logging in the forests of the Pacific Northwest. The actual cost of protection to the regional economy is not yet known.

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A fisheries technician for dam owner Avista, uses a radio antenna to track tagged bull trout in a stream that feeds into Noxon Reservoir. Biologists track a handful of tagged fish daily to try and learn about their migratory movements, which a series of dams on the nearby Clark Fork River have severely impeded.

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Slackwater darters (Etheostoma boschungi) at the Conservation Fisheries, Knoxville, Tennessee. (IUCN: Endangered, US: Threatened)

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An albino streamside salamander (Ambystoma barbouri). (IUCN: Near Threatened)

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An albino streamside salamander (Ambystoma barbouri). (IUCN: Near Threatened)

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A Rich Mountain salamander (Plethodon ouachitae). (IUCN: Near Threatened)

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Dr. Gail Hearn walks through the jungle of Bioko island, Equatorial Guinea.

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A fireball lily (Scadoxus cinnabarinus) from Bioko Island, Equatorial Guinea.

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A flower (Rothmannia sp.) from Bioko Island, Equatorial Guinea.

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A southern three-banded armadillo (Tolypeutes matacus) at the Lincoln Children’s Zoo, Lincoln, Nebraska. (IUCN: Near Threatened)

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A southern three-banded armadillo (Tolypeutes matacus) at the Lincoln Children’s Zoo, Lincoln, Nebraska. (IUCN: Near Threatened)

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A southern three-banded armadillo (Tolypeutes matacus) at the Lincoln Children’s Zoo, Lincoln, Nebraska. (IUCN: Near Threatened)

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A southern three-banded armadillo (Tolypeutes matacus) at the Lincoln Children’s Zoo, Lincoln, Nebraska. (IUCN: Near Threatened)

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A southern three-banded armadillo (Tolypeutes matacus) at the Lincoln Children’s Zoo, Lincoln, Nebraska. (IUCN: Near Threatened)

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A southern three-banded armadillo (Tolypeutes matacus) at the Lincoln Children’s Zoo, Lincoln, Nebraska. (IUCN: Near Threatened)

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A southern three-banded armadillo (Tolypeutes matacus) at the Lincoln Children’s Zoo, Lincoln, Nebraska. (IUCN: Near Threatened)

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A southern three-banded armadillo (Tolypeutes matacus) at the Lincoln Children’s Zoo, Lincoln, Nebraska. (IUCN: Near Threatened)

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A southern three-banded armadillo (Tolypeutes matacus) at the Lincoln Children’s Zoo, Lincoln, Nebraska. (IUCN: Near Threatened)

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A southern three-banded armadillo (Tolypeutes matacus) at the Lincoln Children’s Zoo, Lincoln, Nebraska. (IUCN: Near Threatened)

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A southern three-banded armadillo (Tolypeutes matacus) at the Lincoln Children’s Zoo, Lincoln, Nebraska. (IUCN: Near Threatened)

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A southern three-banded armadillo (Tolypeutes matacus) at the Lincoln Children’s Zoo, Lincoln, Nebraska. (IUCN: Near Threatened)

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A southern three-banded armadillo (Tolypeutes matacus) at the Lincoln Children’s Zoo, Lincoln, Nebraska. (IUCN: Near Threatened)

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A southern three-banded armadillo (Tolypeutes matacus) at the Lincoln Children’s Zoo, Lincoln, Nebraska. (IUCN: Near Threatened)

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A southern three-banded armadillo (Tolypeutes matacus) at the Lincoln Children’s Zoo, Lincoln, Nebraska. (IUCN: Near Threatened)

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A southern three-banded armadillo (Tolypeutes matacus) at the Lincoln Children’s Zoo, Lincoln, Nebraska. (IUCN: Near Threatened)

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