A black-footed ferret, Mustela nigripes, peering from its burrow at twilight.
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A black-footed ferret, Mustela nigripes, peering from its burrow at sunset.
A herd of buffalo walk along the plains.
Niobrara Valley Preserve, Nebraska, United States.
A two-striped grasshopper on a plains sunflower.
Close up of a red squirrel upside-down on a tree.
Minnesota, United States.
View of an osprey nest in burned timber around String Lake.
Wyoming, United States.
Monarch butterflies fly over the prairie with above butterfly milkweed in bloom.
Flint Hills, Kansas, United States.
A prairie dog does digging maintenance on a burrow after heavy night thunderstorm.
South Dakota, United States.
A sandhill crane leaps while performing a courtship dance.
Nebraska, United States.
A raccoon climbs around fallen tree limbs.
Two black-footed ferrets peek up from the grass on the prairie.
Buffalo Gap National Grassland, South Dakota, United States.
Dew droplets cling to autumn lovegrass.
A black-footed ferret at the mouth of his underground den.
Close up of a sandhill crane tending to its eggs.
A black-footed ferret, Mustela nigripes, at the entrance of its den at sunset.
A farmall tractor sitting in a field harvested for hay.
Otter Tail, Grant, Minnesota.
An American goldfinch perches on sunflowers.
Close up portrait of a pet chocolate Labrador retriever dog with its tongue sticking out.
A short-eared owl flies over the prairie.
Rolling hills with white clouds and blue sky.
Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge, Montana, United States.
Close up of the scales of a rattlesnake.
Texas, United States.
A flock of wild turkeys forage in the Nebraska Sandhills prairie.
A curious swift fox inspects a remote camera in Buffalo Gap National Grasslands.
Buffalo Gap National Grasslands, South Dakota.
A rainbow above the prairie at sunrise.
A camera trap catches a raccoon exploring the forest.
A lesser prairie chicken displays its head feathers.
New Mexico, United States.
Close up portrait of a pet chocolate Labrador retriever dog lying in the grass.
A line of migrating sandhill cranes flies by snow-covered mountains.
Denali National Park, Alaska, United States.
A bobcat is caught with a remote camera trap.
Audubon Rowe Sanctuary, Nebraska, United States.
A copperhead snake swims up stream in a creek surrounded by green trees.
Flint hills, Kansas, United States.
Close up of the patterns on a limber pine tree.
Montana, United States.
Bison herd in the Niobrara Valley Preserve.
Two black-footed ferrets, Mustela nigripes, at their burrow at night, displaying eyeshine.
Silhouettes of grass against the setting sun.
Cather County, Nebraska, United States.
A male burrowing owl stretches outside of its nest burrow.
Buffalo Gap National Grasslands, South Dakota, United States.
A black-footed ferret, Mustela nigripes, at its burrow at night.
A paved road cuts through the remote Sandhills of Nebraska.
Side portrait of a lesser prairie chicken.
Camera trap photo of a cougar in the woods.
A road leads through a remote prairie landscape,
The Niobrara river creates Fort Falls through the trees.
A flock of sandhill cranes look to the sky.
Platte River Valley, Nebraska, United States.
Towering granite peaks of the Black Hills rise several thousand feet above the surrounding prairie.
Black Hills National Forest, South Dakota, United States.
Two greater prairie chickens fight in a field.
Rear view of a herd of cattle feeding beneath hills.
Nebraska, United States, United States.
A herd of antelope migrate across a snowy landscape.
Sunlight streams over an aerial view of the Powder River Basin.
A group of black-tailed prairie dogs around their burrow.
Two young girls holding up American bison skulls to their faces.
A herd of cattle in a vast pasture under a cloud-filled sky. A faint halo around the sun.
A white-tailed deer investigating a camera trap in a snowy landscape.
Dry, cracked soil and a dead plant during a drought.
Shard-like ice crystals on the Platte River in autumn.
Platte River, Nebraska.
A monarch butterfly lands on wildflowers.
Portrait of an American badger, Taxidea taxus, at night.
An American bison, Bison bison, in a landscape of rolling hills and puffy clouds.
A pintail duck nest full of eggs on the prairie.
Missouri Plateau, North Dakota.
An empty New Mexico highway is obscured by dust during a drought.
Four white-tailed deer among a flock of migrating sandhill cranes.
Cattle stand on an open pasture at sunset.
A man harvesting seed in prairie.
Two swift fox kits play fight near their den.
Distant view of a Mississippi sandhill crane amid a forest.
Louisiana, United States.
Mallard ducks fly over the prairie.
Close up of butterfly milkweed.
Konza Prairie, Kansas, United States.
Clouds hoover over a bright green landscape in the High Plains.
Ogallala National Grassland, Nebraska, United States.
A train running through a vast landscape of fields and prairies.
Sunrise through fog on the Loup River in the Nebraska Sandhills.
Loup River, Nebraska, United States.
A yellow-headed blackbird perches in prairie grass.
Crescent Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Nebraska, United States.
A swift fox sits near its den site.
Mallard ducks forage for vegetation under the water.
A black-footed ferret, Mustela nigripes, illuminated at night, displaying eyeshine.
A black tern, Chlidonias niger, flying over the reeds in a lake at sunrise.
Christina Lake, Minnesota.
Close up of sunlight on arrowleaf balsamroot, Balsamorhiza deltoidea, in bloom.
Front Range, Rocky Mountains, Montana.
Two endangered greater sage grouse on the prairie.
A lesser sandhill crane leaves its icy river roost to feed.
Greater sandhill cranes and blackbirds forage in a flooded rice field.
California, United States.
Silhouette of a meadowlark perched on a fence.
A burrowing owl flaps its wings on the prairie.
Close up of a group of five burrowing owl chicks.
Outcrops of the Pine Ridge with yucca in the foreground.
Close up of a sleeping porcupine.
Wind Cave National Park, United States.
Side portrait of male ring neck pheasant.
Close up of lark bunting eggs in a nest.
Colorado, United States.
Close up of blue lark bunting eggs.
Pine and deciduous tree tops.
Wind turbines and a crop field surround a house.
A black bear and its cub peer through the trees.
Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, United States.
A black-footed ferret comes out of its underground burrow at first light.
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