A black-footed ferret, Mustela nigripes, peering from its burrow at twilight.
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Distant view of a Mississippi sandhill crane amid a forest.
Louisiana, United States.
A herd of buffalo walk along the plains.
Niobrara Valley Preserve, Nebraska, United States.
A black-footed ferret, Mustela nigripes, peering from its burrow at sunset.
A two-striped grasshopper on a plains sunflower.
Monarch butterflies fly over the prairie with above butterfly milkweed in bloom.
Flint Hills, Kansas, United States.
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.
A sandhill crane leaps while performing a courtship dance.
Nebraska, United States.
Two black-footed ferrets peek up from the grass on the prairie.
Buffalo Gap National Grassland, South Dakota, United States.
Close up of a spider web covered in dew drops.
A prairie dog does digging maintenance on a burrow after heavy night thunderstorm.
South Dakota, United States.
A raccoon climbs around fallen tree limbs.
Close up of a sandhill crane tending to its eggs.
A short-eared owl flies over the prairie.
A rainbow above the prairie at sunrise.
Dew droplets cling to autumn lovegrass.
A black-footed ferret at the mouth of his underground den.
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.
A line of migrating sandhill cranes flies by snow-covered mountains.
Denali National Park, Alaska, United States.
A male burrowing owl stretches outside of its nest burrow.
Buffalo Gap National Grasslands, South Dakota, United States.
Close up portrait of a pet chocolate Labrador retriever dog with its tongue sticking out.
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.
Close up of the patterns on a limber pine tree.
Montana, United States.
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 monarch butterfly lands on wildflowers.
Bison herd in the Niobrara Valley Preserve.
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.
Two black-footed ferrets, Mustela nigripes, at their burrow at night, displaying eyeshine.
Sunrise over a remote barbed-wire fence.
Silhouettes of grass against the setting sun.
Cather County, Nebraska, United States.
A paved road cuts through the remote Sandhills of Nebraska.
A black-footed ferret, Mustela nigripes, at its burrow at night.
A road leads through a remote prairie landscape,
Side portrait of a lesser prairie chicken.
Camera trap photo of a cougar in the woods.
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 white-tailed deer investigating a camera trap in a snowy landscape.
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.
Dry, cracked soil and a dead plant during a drought.
Shard-like ice crystals on the Platte River in autumn.
Platte River, Nebraska.
Portrait of an American badger, Taxidea taxus, at night.
An American bison, Bison bison, in a landscape of rolling hills and puffy clouds.
An empty New Mexico highway is obscured by dust during a drought.
A pintail duck nest full of eggs on the prairie.
Missouri Plateau, North Dakota.
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.
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.
Silhouetted sandhill cranes flying through a rainbow.
Platte River Valley, Nebraska.
A train running through a vast landscape of fields and prairies.
A car drives down a remote road at sunset.
Sioux County, Nebraska, United States.
Sunrise through fog on the Loup River in the Nebraska Sandhills.
Loup River, Nebraska, United States.
Mallard ducks forage for vegetation under the water.
An aerial view of plowed prairie grasslands used for ethanol/biofuels agriculture around pothole wetlands.
A yellow-headed blackbird perches in prairie grass.
Crescent Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Nebraska, United States.
A swift fox sits near its den site.
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.
Sandhill cranes fly over the Platte River at sunset.
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.
Bright pink wildflowers bloom in rural grasslands.
Spring Creek Prairie, Nebraska, United States.
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.
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