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Surrounded by a mountain of maroon sweatshirts, top seamstress Rolanda Vasquez Hernandez assembles more sweatshirts to add to the pile. The sign above her head indicates that she meets or exceeds 100 percent of her production goal at the Nova/Link plant, a “maquiladora,” or assembly plant.

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

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Cattle show at the coliseum at the Minnesota state fair.

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Sisters with rainbow colored hairstyles with glitter at the Minnesota state fair.

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Atop the 80-foot tower during a high dive act at the Nebraska state fair.

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A mirror illusion makes the midway barker appear like half a man at the Texas state fair.

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Madagascar hissing roaches pull tiny tractors at the Indiana state fair.

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

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A teenager and her calf took top honors at the Indiana State Fair.

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Wildlife spotter and guide in the rear-view mirror of his vehicle on the Rio Negro ranch in Brazil.

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A ranch hand holds a dorado he has caught in the flooded forest on Barra Bansa ranch in Brazil.

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Pronghorn antelope (Antilocapra americana) travel a road in the Modoc Plateau of northern California to avoid heavy snow.

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Ranch hands at the Bull and Gelding Sale in Red Bluff, California.

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Ranch hands pack bales of hay for winter in Modac County, California.

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A young boy dodges a nuzzle from a llama visiting his school in Palo Cedro, California.

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An elderly man gathers oranges in California’s citrus growing belt.

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A tanker moves down a channel which bisects Sabine NWR in Louisiana. Part of this reserve has a system of gates, which can be closed in case an oil spill occurs .

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A local resident draws a laugh from her daughter by donning the head of a musk ox (Ovibos moschatus) recently shot by her husband. Sport hunters are allowed to kill approximately 70 of these animals, once extinct in Alaska, per year.

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A musk ox bull (Ovibos moschatus) charges at Joel Sartore, on Nunivak Island, Alaska. These animals descended from stock brought in from Greenland in 1935.

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A wire fence keeps elk (Cervus canadensis) on Elk National refuge land and from roaming into the town of Jackson, Wyoming.

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A herd of American bison (Bison bison) standing in the rain on Fort Niobrara NWR in Nebraska.

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A volunteer collects seeds from wildflowers and native grasses to plant. Since they were never farmed, old graveyards are prime locations for finding the original tallgrass that has virtually disappeared elsewhere on the Great Plains.

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Ross’ geese (Chen rossii) fly over fields flooded for their benefit. The artificial habitat was created to divert the birds from feeding on farmers’ crops.

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Suburbs surround the salt ponds of San Diego Bay, part of which may become a new National Wildlife Refuge in California.

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Black skimmers (Rhynchops niger) on a salt pond beside San Diego bay in California.

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An aerial of bayou DeView, where there have been ivory billed woodpecker sightings in Arkansas.

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Biologists from Cornell eat their lunch standing while searching for the ivory billed woodpecker in the White River National Wildlife Refuge in St. Charles, Arkansas.

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A collection of more than sixty specimens of critically endangered (IUCN) and federally endangered ivory billed woodpecker, Campephilus principalis, at Harvard University.

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A male specimen of a critically endangered (IUCN) and federally endangered ivory billed woodpecker, Campephilus principalis.

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In this winter nursery for gray whales (Eschrichtius glaucus), one of the cetaceans swims close to two whale-watching boats, seeking contact with now-friendly humans. Restored to healthy populations, California grays were recently taken off the endangered list. Atlantic grays, however, were long ago hunted into extinction .

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Skiers ride a lift at a resort near Sun Valley, Idaho.

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A rancher on horseback in Idaho’s snow-blanketed Salmon Valley at dusk.

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A forest ranger looks at heavy metal residue in Bucktail creek at Salmon National Forest in Idaho. The slag comes from nearby Blackbird mine, closed in the 1960’s.

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A clear-cut in Salmon National Forest, Idaho. The reserve covers a 1.8- million -acre tract.

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