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The excavator pictured next to the dam. As you can see, the dam had already been breached. Credit: Tom Barnes / USFWS

On the Middle Fork of the Holstom River, in Marion, Virginia, the removal of a decrepit dam opened up miles of aquatic habitat for fish and freshwater mussels.

More monarchs feeding at Rachel Carson! Credit: David Tibbetts

For some, fall means the start of school, football and pumpkin spice latte season — beyond that, it’s also the time monarch butterflies fly thousands of miles from as far north as Canada to overwinter in Mexico.

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Check out some footage we grabbed from a release of New England cottontails!