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Biologists tag a male bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus) in Nebraska. They will put tiny geolocators, which track sun intensity as well as sunrise and sunset, the birds’ backs. 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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Mexican free-tailed bats (Tadarida brasiliensis) swirl out of the Eckert James River Bat Cave at sunset to feed on insects. This maternity colony builds to more than 6 million bats in late July, making it one of the largest in the world. It is owned and managed by The Nature Conservancy.

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Mexican free-tailed bats (Tadarida brasiliensis) swirl out of the Eckert James River Bat Cave at sunset to feed on insects. This maternity colony builds to more than 6 million bats in late July, making it one of the largest in the world. It is owned and managed by The Nature Conservancy.

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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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Cowbirds (Molothrus sp.) that were caught in traps set for them at Fort Hood Army Base near Kileen, TX. Of these cowbirds, the females will be killed and the males will be kept to lure other birds. The eradication of cowbirds has been going on for awhile here in an effort to study the effect of their parasitism on endangered birds like the black-capped vireo and golden-cheeked warbler.

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Biologists capture a male bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus) near Wood River, Nebraska. They will put tiny geolocators, which track sun intensity as well as sunrise and sunset, the birds’ backs. 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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A studio portrait of an endangered (IUCN and US) golden-cheeked warbler (Dendroica chrysoparia).

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An endangered (IUCN and US) golden-cheeked warbler (Dendroica chrysoparia) caught in a mist net by scientists from the Nature Conservancy. Scientists net and band golden-cheeked warblers at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas.

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An endangered (IUCN and US) golden-cheeked warbler (Dendroica chrysoparia) caught in a mist net by scientists from the Nature Conservancy. Scientists net and band golden-cheeked warblers at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas.

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Two Sandhill cranes (Grus canadensis) feed on waste grain in near the Rowe Audubon Sanctuary in Gibbon, Nebraska.

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A sea turtle that was rescued from the deep water horizon oil spill are being rehabilitated at the Audubon Nature Institute in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Workers from Southern Native Plants out of Milton, Florida are planting sea oats (Uniola paniculata) in sand dunes on Dauphin Island, Alabama.

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A close up of white cottongrass (Eriphorum scheuchzeri) growing on the tundra near Deadhorse, Alaska.

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A nesting dunlin (Calidris alpina) with an hours-old chick on the tundra near Barrow, Alaska.

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A nesting dunlin (Calidris alpina) with an hours-old chick on the tundra near Barrow, Alaska.

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Crude oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill washed ashore on Queen Bess Island, Louisiana in Barataria Bay.

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A brown pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis), covered with oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill, on Queen Bess Island in Barataria Bay, Louisiana. The bird was taken to a rehab center.

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A dead bait fish in a gloved hand covered with crude oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, in Barataria Bay, Louisiana. This fish was found on the top of a thick oil slick.

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A dead bait fish in a gloved hand covered with crude oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, in Barataria Bay, Louisiana. This fish was found on the top of a thick oil slick.

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A portrait of a young lady while on vacation near Crosslake, Minnesota.

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A portrait of a young lady while on vacation near Crosslake, Minnesota.

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A garter snake (Thamnophis sp.) near the Steamboat Trace trail between Nebraska City and Peru, Nebraska.

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A garter snake (Thamnophis sp.) near the Steamboat Trace trail between Nebraska City and Peru, Nebraska.

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A garter snake (Thamnophis sp.) near the Steamboat Trace trail between Nebraska City and Peru, Nebraska.

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An endangered keeled box turtle (Cuora mouhotii) at the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga.

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A federally endangered jaguar (Panthera onca) at the Chapultepec Zoo in Mexico City.

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A federally endangered jaguar (Panthera onca) at the Chapultepec Zoo in Mexico City.

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A federally endangered jaguar (Panthera onca) at the Chapultepec Zoo in Mexico City.

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A federally endangered jaguar (Panthera onca) at the Chapultepec Zoo in Mexico City.

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A federally endangered jaguar (Panthera onca) at the Chapultepec Zoo in Mexico City.

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A federally endangered jaguar (Panthera onca) at the Chapultepec Zoo in Mexico City.

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A federally endangered jaguar (Panthera onca) at the Chapultepec Zoo in Mexico City.

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A federally endangered jaguar (Panthera onca) at the Chapultepec Zoo in Mexico City.

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A federally endangered jaguar (Panthera onca) at the Chapultepec Zoo in Mexico City.

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A federally endangered jaguar (Panthera onca) at the Chapultepec Zoo in Mexico City.

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