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A Pika gathering huckleberry leaves for winter food, Elkhorn Wildlife Area. Photo by Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife through a Creative Commons license.
A red fox prowls the urban greenbelt in Boise, Idaho. Photo: Phares Book
A girl stands surrounded by water in Raboto, a slum area of Gonaives, in the Artibonite Region of Haiti, after heavy flooding hit the town in the wake of Hurricane Tomas in 2010, prompting a nationwide outbreak of cholera. Image credit: UN Photo/UNICEF/Marco Dormino/Flickr.
The Philippine Eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi) is a giant forest raptor endemic to the Philippines. It is considered one of the largest and most powerful eagles in the world. Unfortunately, it is also one of the world's rarest and certainly among its most critical endangered vertebrate species. Photo credit: (c) Voltaire Malazarte/ Flickr through a Creative Commons license
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Countryside surrounding La Amistad International Park in Costa Rica harbors both agriculture and forest fragments. Photo credit: Rich Young via Flickr under a Creative Commons license.
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.
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.

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