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A silver-eared mesia, Leiothrix argentauris, at the Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines, Iowa.

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A mountain peacock-pheasant, Polyplectron inopinatum, at the Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines, Iowa.

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A mountain peacock-pheasant, Polyplectron inopinatum, at the Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines, Iowa.

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A mountain peacock-pheasant, Polyplectron inopinatum, at the Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines, Iowa.

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A mountain peacock-pheasant, Polyplectron inopinatum, at the Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines, Iowa.

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A helmeted guineafowl (Numida meleagris galeata) in Des Moines, Iowa.

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A helmeted guineafowl (Numida meleagris galeata) in Des Moines, Iowa.

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A helmeted guineafowl (Numida meleagris galeata) in Des Moines, Iowa.

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A helmeted guineafowl (Numida meleagris galeata) in Des Moines, Iowa.

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A helmeted guineafowl (Numida meleagris galeata) in Des Moines, Iowa.

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A silver-eared mesia, Leiothrix argentauris, at the Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines, Iowa.

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The habitat of the federally endangered Iowa Pleistocene snail (Discus macclintocki).

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A biologist studying the federally endangered Iowa Pleistocene snail (Discus macclintocki).

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Joel on assignment photographing the federally endangered Iowa Pleistocene snail (Discus macclintocki).

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Joel on assignment photographing the federally endangered Iowa Pleistocene snail (Discus macclintocki).

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Joel on assignment photographing the federally endangered Iowa Pleistocene snail (Discus macclintocki).

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Joel on assignment photographing the federally endangered Iowa Pleistocene snail (Discus macclintocki).

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The look-alike contest for mothers and daughters at the Iowa state fair.

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Iowa fairgoers bite in synchrony at the first-ever Corn Dog Chomp.

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Volunteers go catatonic at the snap of a hypnotist’s fingers at the Iowa state fair.

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A stunt man performs a car jump from a flaming ramp at the Iowa state fair.

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Northern monkshood (Aconitum noveboracense), a plant native to eastern Iowa and in nearby states. (US: Threatened)

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Volunteers collect native prairie seed from the Polk City (IA) cemetery to restore the nearby Walnut Creek NWR. The cemetery is one of the few remaining stands of virgin prairie in Iowa.

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Volunteers collect native prairie seed from the Polk City (IA) cemetery to restore the nearby Walnut Creek NWR. The cemetery is one of the few remaining stands of virgin prairie in Iowa.

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Volunteers collect native prairie seed from the Polk City (IA) cemetery to restore the nearby Walnut Creek NWR. The cemetery is one of the few remaining stands of virgin prairie in Iowa.

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Volunteers collect native prairie seed from the Polk City (IA) cemetery to restore the nearby Walnut Creek NWR. The cemetery is one of the few remaining stands of virgin prairie in Iowa.

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Volunteers collect native prairie seed from the Polk City (IA) cemetery to restore the nearby Walnut Creek NWR. The cemetery is one of the few remaining stands of virgin prairie in Iowa.

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Snow geese (Chen caerulescens) flock near J. Clark Salyer National Wildlife Refuge, North Dakota.

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Snow geese (Chen caerulescens) flock near J. Clark Salyer National Wildlife Refuge, North Dakota.

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Snow geese (Chen caerulescens) flock near J. Clark Salyer National Wildlife Refuge, North Dakota.

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Snow geese (Chen caerulescens) flock near J. Clark Salyer National Wildlife Refuge, North Dakota.

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