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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Joel Sartore,National Geographic photographer, standing amongst a herd of bison (Bison bison) on the prairie at Maxwell State Game Preserve in Canton, Kansas.

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

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

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

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Joel Sartore, National Geographic photographer, standing amongst a herd of bison (Bison bison) on the prairie at Maxwell State Game Preserve in Canton, Kansas.

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

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Millions of monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus) roost on the Sierra Chincua (Chincua mountain) near Angangueo, Mexico. This is one of five wintering roosts for monarchs, where the cool mountain climate slows their metabolism enough for them to overwinter before migrating back northward in the spring. Logging threatens this spectacle: already one of the five sites is no longer used by the butterflies due to the forest being cleared.

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Logging has taken its toll on a former wintering roost for monarch butterflies near Angangueo, Mexico.

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Bull trout (Salvelinus confluentus) swimming in the Bighorn Creek, in the Wigwam River drainage in British Columbia. This is one of the last, best places for spawning of the vulnerable (ICUN) and federally-threatened bull trout, and is part of the Kootenay River system, which sees an annual migration of bull trout from Lake Koocanusa, some fifty miles away. The fish prefer very cold water of 40 degrees or so in order to spawn, and the springs in this area provide that.

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Bull trout (Salvelinus confluentus) caught in fishing nets in Lake Pend Oreille, Idaho. (IUCN: Vulnerable; US: Federally threatened)

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A lake trout (Salvelinus namaycush) caught in a net by fishermen in Lake Pend Oreille, Idaho.

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Biologists collect samples from a vulnerable (IUCN) and federally threatened bull trout (Salvelinus confluentus) Clark Fork River, Idaho.

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Red-headed woodpeckers (Melanerpes erythrocephalus) feed their young high in the forest canopy at Spring Creek Prairie near Denton, Nebraska.

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Red-headed woodpeckers (Melanerpes erythrocephalus) feed their young high in the forest canopy at Spring Creek Prairie near Denton, Nebraska.

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Cliff swallows (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota) flying into their mud nests under a county bridge near Raymond, Nebraska.

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An interior least tern (Sterna antillarum), a federally endangered species, on its nest at the Western Sand and Gravel mine along the Platte River near Fremont, NE. Many mine companies are pausing work during the nesting season in areas this bird and other rare species use.

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Cliff swallows (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota) flying into their mud nests under a county bridge near Raymond, Nebraska.

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A mountain goat (Oreamnos americanus) in Glacier National Park, Montana.

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A mother mountain goat (Oreamnos americanus) and her baby on a rocky ledge in Glacier National Park, Montana.

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A mountain goat (Oreamnos americanus) in Glacier National Park, Montana.

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A mountain goat (Oreamnos americanus) in Glacier National Park, Montana.

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A mother mountain goat (Oreamnos americanus) and her baby walk down a rocky path in Glacier National Park, Montana.

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A female bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus) is caught by biologists using a mist net, near Wood River, Nebraska. Avian ecologists trap and put tiny geolocators, which track sun intensity as well as sunrise and sunset, on male bobolinks. When the birds are recaptured (months from now) and the data is downloaded and used to calculate the birds’ migratory route. The species winters in South America, but little is known of its specific route.

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