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Bumble bee on rosinweed flower at The Nature Conservancy's Dahms Tract along the Central Platte River in Nebraska. Photo: ©Chris Helzer/TNC
The Nature Conservancy’s Erie Marsh Preserve contains 11 percent of the remaining wetlands in southeast Michigan.  Photo credit:  Jason Whalen/TNC
Small hydropower dams (often defined as below 30 MW) are frequently presumed to be low impact.  However, this dam, Veazie, on the Penobscot River, had a capacity of 8.4 MW and was a major barrier to migration for the most important population of Atlantic salmon in the US. It was removed in 2013. Photo: ©Misty Edgecomb/TNC
The red-throated wryneck -- or Jynx bird -- feasts on alates (the immature, winged form of termites). Photo credit: Steve Garvey, licensed through a Creative Commons 2.0 license.  http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/  http://www.flickr.com/photos/rainbirder/6230714044/sizes/l/
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The time between loggerhead turtle hatching and maturity has been a mystery, but researchers have now tracked them into the Sargasso Sea. Photo Credit: Kuiko through a Creative Commons 2.0 license.
It can be difficult for human observers to accurately count birds when they are in large flocks, as is often the case at California's Staten Island. Photo: © Erika Nortemann
Doug Garletts, a fisheries biologist with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, inspects a fish trap below Lookout Point Dam located on the Middle Fork of the Willamette River at Lowell, Oregon. Photo: ©Bridget Besaw
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More than 500,000 sandhill cranes gather along Nebraska's Platte River each spring. Photo: © Chris Helzer/TNC
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