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MPG RANCH - GOLDERN EAGLES

Lead exposure threatens scavengers around the world. In Montana's Bitterroot Valley, Raptor Research Institute and MPG Ranch partnered to study lead exposure in golden eagles. Between 2011 and 2018, they caught 91 golden eagles and observed the highest prevalence of elevated blood lead levels ever recorded for the species. The sample included migratory and nonmigratory birds, which suggests that hunting with lead ammunition in winter habitats can affect golden eagles that summer in vastly different regions with little human presence. Hunters can learn more about non-lead bullets at: https://huntingwithnolead.org For more from MPG Ranch visit the resources below: https://mpgranch.com https://www.facebook.com/mpgwildlife

SMILE TRAIN - REBORN

At only six years old, Osawa Owiti already faced more than his fair share of hardships. Born in a remote village in Tanzania, the young boy was the only child his fellow villagers had known to be born with a cleft. Follow Osawa as he transitions from a boy afraid to smile, to one who is now unable to stop; a fitting new beginning for the child who became Smile Train's one-millionth patient. Smile Train is the largest cleft-focused organization with a model of true sustainability -- providing training, funding, and resources to empower local medical professionals in 70+ countries to provide 100%-free cleft surgery and other forms of essential cleft care in their own communities. For more information visit: https://smiletrain.org/

ST. GEORGE ISLAND, THE GALAPAGOS OF THE NORTH

St. George, one of the Pribilof Islands, is home to the Unangan people as well as some of the world's more magnificent biodiversity and natural beauty. The fate of St. George is now threatened. Marine mammal and bird populations have been in decline, as confirmed by both science and the day-to-day observations and experiences of the community. The waters around St. George and the Bering Sea face multiple stresses and additional threats are on the horizon as climate change progresses, sea ice recedes and international commercial interests in the Artic grows. Conservation is urgently needed to protect St. George's precious marine life, to build resilience against the consequences of climate change, and to save the community. For more information visit: https://unangansanctuary.net

RETITI ELEPHANT SANCTUARY - SHABA

An orphaned elephant named Shaba arrived traumatized after poachers killed her mother in front of her. It took weeks for the Retiti team to forge a connection with her. Shaba became the matriarch and helped support the acclimation of other orphans. She became instrumental at the sanctuary, caring for each new orphan that arrived and teaching the keepers how to be better caretakers., For more information visit: https://www.reteti.org