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Volunteers help restore oyster reefs in Alabama. Photo: © Erika Nortemann/TNC
Replica of a ship's log from the Grand Turk. Photo by Georges Jansoone through a Creative Commons license.
The San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area. Photo by Bob Wick of the Bureau of Land Management in California.
A marine monitoring team implants a tracking transmitter on a gray reef shark (Carcharhinus amblyrhynchos) before releasing the shark at Palmyra Atoll in the equatorial Northern Pacific.  Image credit: Tim Calver for The Nature Conservancy
Tuatara, a lizard-like reptile and the the last of its genus, is edging toward extinction as males outnumber females by 2-to-1. Photo credit: Geoffey Kirk/Flickr under Creative Commons license.
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Changes in grazing practices can help ranchers adapt to climate change. Photo: Matt Miller/TNC
A whale shark, the largest fish on earth. Photo: Elite Diving Agency
A river's form and function are profoundly woven together. Photo: Photo: ©Erika Nortemann/TNC
Tree Swallows at a nest box. Photo by Flickr user Richard Griffin through a Creative Commons License.
Alligator, Lake Martin, Cyprus Island Preserve, Atchafalaya Basin. Image credit: Rumplestiltskin1/Flickr through a Creative Commons license.
Zebra stripes serve as fly protection, not camouflage, evidence suggests. © Kenneth K. Coe
The Nature Conservancy's Galbadrakh (Gala) Davaa, (on left) Director of Conservation for the Mongolia Program, watches wildlife with herder Nanzaddorj Namkhai, a volunteer ranger at the Ugtam Nature Reserve on the vast Mongolian grasslands.
The mola mola. Photo: Per-Ola Norman, released into public domain.
California poppies are one of Project BudBurst's top 10 plants. Photo by Flickr user Brian through a Creative Commons License.

Salmon Cam Returns

We’re pleased to return Salmon Cam, a live view of spawning Chinook and coho salmon and steelhead trout.

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