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A river otter collects grass to build a nest. Photo courtesy of the River Otter Ecology Project.
A quadcopter drone flies over a red mangrove forest. Photo: © Tim Calver
Apparently, great white sharks don't take kindly to paparazzi, but UAV camera takes a licking and keeps on returning valuable data. Photo credit: Courtesy of Discovery Channel and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
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Dunlin flock flying above flooded rice field. Photo © Drew Kelly/TNC.
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Fireflies in the Catskills. Photo by Flickr user s58y through a Creative Commons license.
A long-billed curlew among Flat Ranch Preserve's wildflowers. Photo: Megan Cereda-Grover/TNC
Last summer's heat wave in the upper midwest took a toll on populations of native trout, which don't survive water temperatures above 77 degrees F. Photo credit: Flickr user Al_HikesAZ, via a Creative Commons 2.0 license.
Giant reed (Arundo donax) grows to 30 feet, spreads by rhizomes and displaces many native plants. It is simultaneously eligible for biofuel subsidies and a target of biological control efforts. Photo credit: Flickr user Forest and Kim Starr via a Creative Commons 2.0 license.
A rainbow parrotfish in the Caribbean. Photo: © Ken Marks
Vulnerability of a society is calculated as
the sum of susceptibility,
lack of coping capacities
and lack of adaptive capacities. Map shows vulnerability of 139 coastal nations from Coasts at Risk Report, 2014.
Photo: Matt Miller/TNC
A fritillary butterfly that has been placed in a plastic cup to be identified. The butterflies are quickly released unharmed. Photo by Tony Pocewicz.
Getting ready for Fishackathon 2014. Photo by Matt Merrifield.
Beavers do a lot of ecological good. But what hapens when they become too abundant? Photo: © Kent Mason

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