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    • Taylor's Checkerspot Butterfly

    • Wildflowers; Prairies; Vegetation; Valleys; Insects;
    • The Taylor's checkerspot was once found throughout grasslands in the Willamette Valley, Puget Sound, and south Vancouver Island. The historic range and abundance of the Taylor's checkerspot is not precisely known because exhaustive searches did not...
    • Rush Darter habitat

    • Fishes; Endangered species;
    • The rush darter is a small fish that grows to two to three inches long. And it’s even rarer than it is tiny: The species, identified in 1999, is known to exist in only three locations in Alabama. There are no figures on the rush darter population...
    • Rush Darter

    • Fishes; Endangered species;
    • The rush darter is a small fish that grows to two to three inches long. And it’s even rarer than it is tiny: The species, identified in 1999, is known to exist in only three locations in Alabama. There are no figures on the rush darter population...
    • FWS Employee Bands Brown Pelican

    • Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge; Florida; Endangered species; Birds;
    • FWS personnel banding a Brown Pelican. Pelicans almost disappeared from Texas because they were poisoned by the pesticide DDT, which caused them to lay thin-shelled eggs which broke during incubation. Because they were not able to produce young,...
    • Devereux Slough Coastal Wetland Project

    • Wetland restoration; Wetlands; Habitat restoration; Coastal environments; Coastal restoration; Coastal zone management;
    • The California Coastal Conservancy was awarded $1 million to help acquire and permanently protect a 63-acre property in Santa Barbara County, California. This project will also result in the restoration of approximately 13 acres of coastal wetlands...
    • Wood Bison Calf

    • Mammals; Endangered species;
    • During the early 1800s, wood bison numbers were estimated at 168,000, but by the late 1800s, the subspecies was nearly eliminated. Excessive hunting was the primary factor leading to population decline. Another factor that is thought to have played...
    • First Short-tailed Albatross Chick to Hatch Outside Japan

    • Birds; Migratory birds; Endangered species; Islands; Wildlife refuges;
    • The chick hatched during a major storm but the parent did an excellent job protecting it from the inclement weather. Establishing a new nesting colony is one of several important steps needed to continue the rare bird’s recovery because volcanic...
    • Western Snowy Plover with Triple Stripe Bands

    • Birds; Shorebirds; Threatened species; Coastal environments;
    • The Pacific coast population of western snowy plovers breeds on coastal beaches from southern Washington to southern Baja California, Mexico. Plovers lay their eggs in shallow depressions in sandy or salty areas that generally do not have much...
    • Western Snowy Plover Nest with Eggs

    • Birds; Shorebirds; Threatened species; Coastal environments;
    • The Pacific coast population of western snowy plovers breeds on coastal beaches from southern Washington to southern Baja California, Mexico. Plovers lay their eggs in shallow depressions in sandy or salty areas that generally do not have much...
    • Western Snowy Plover Female on Eggs in Nest

    • Birds; Shorebirds; Threatened species; Coastal environments;
    • A female western snowy plover sits on her nest. The Pacific coast population of western snowy plovers breeds on coastal beaches from southern Washington to southern Baja California, Mexico. Plovers lay their eggs in shallow depressions in sandy or...
    • Laysan finch

    • Endangered species; Birds;
    • Laysan Finch (Telespyza cantans), is a member of the Hawaiian Honeycreeper family, and is rather common on its namesake island. The species is not likely to be confused with any other bird on Laysan Island, because no other songbird is...
    • Willamette Daisy

    • Wildflowers; Prairies; Vegetation; Valleys; Endangered species;
    • image of the endangered Willamette Daisy. Willamette Valley prairies support a wide range of interesting plants. Because plants are the core of the prairie, prairie preservation and management should start with a fundamental understanding of plants.
    • Nelson's Checker-mallow

    • Wildflowers; Prairies; Vegetation; Valleys; Threatened species;
    • Image of the threatened Nelson's Checker-mallow. Willamette Valley prairies support a wide range of interesting plants. Because plants are the core of the prairie, prairie preservation and management should start with a fundamental understanding of...
    • Kincaid's lupine

    • Wildflowers; Prairies; Vegetation; Valleys; Threatened species;
    • Image of the threatened Kincaid's lupine. Willamette Valley prairies support a wide range of interesting plants. Because plants are the core of the prairie, prairie preservation and management should start with a fundamental understanding of plants.
    • Golden Paintbrush

    • Wildflowers; Prairies; Vegetation; Valleys; Threatened species;
    • Image of a threatened golden paintbrush. Willamette Valley prairies support a wide range of interesting plants. Because plants are the core of the prairie, prairie preservation and management should start with a fundamental understanding of plants.
    • Pale Larkspur

    • Wildflowers; Prairies; Vegetation; Valleys;
    • Image of pale larkspur. Willamette Valley prairies support a wide range of interesting plants. Because plants are the core of the prairie, prairie preservation and management should start with a fundamental understanding of plants.
    • Shaggy Horkelia

    • Wildflowers; Prairies; Vegetation; Valleys; Species of concern;
    • Image of a shaggy horkelia, a species of concern. Willamette Valley prairies support a wide range of interesting plants. Because plants are the core of the prairie, prairie preservation and management should start with a fundamental understanding...
    • White-Topped Aster

    • Wildflowers; Prairies; Vegetation; Valleys;
    • Image of the white-topped aster. Willamette Valley prairies support a wide range of interesting plants. Because plants are the core of the prairie, prairie preservation and management should start with a fundamental understanding of plants.
    • Bradshaw's Lomatium

    • Wildflowers; Prairies; Vegetation; Valleys;
    • Image of Bradshaw's lomatium. Willamette Valley prairies support a wide range of interesting plants. Because plants are the core of the prairie, prairie preservation and management should start with a fundamental understanding of plants.
    • Fender's Blue Butterfly

    • Wildflowers; Prairies; Vegetation; Valleys; Insects; Endangered species;
    • Image of an endangered female Fender's Blue Butterfly. Willamette Valley prairies support a wide range of interesting plants. Because plants are the core of the prairie, prairie preservation and management should start with a fundamental...

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