First Phoebe of 2015

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2015 – 28 March. Great, I’m your first phoebe of 2015. I saw my first migratory Eastern Phoebe of the year today in the same place as last year – Rockaway Community Park in southern Queens – and a day earlier than last year, but still later than usual for me. For me, this means that spring has arrived! The actual bird is the one in all three images.).

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First Bird of 2015

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What was your first bird of 2015? And here’s hoping you see many great birds, including lots of lifers, in 2015! Birding 2015 first bird of the year Hopefully it was as cool as the Short-eared Owl above, which was my first bird of 2014! Let us know in the comments…and, if you wrote a blog post or have a picture of your first bird of the year online somewhere, well, leave a link in the comments too. Happy New Year from all of us at 10,000 Birds!

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Duncan’s 2015 List

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Birding 2015 year list Year List 2015 Struthionidae (Ostriches). Ostritch ( Struthio camelus ); Wakkerstroom, South Africa, 22 February. ANATIDAE (DUCKS). White-faced Whistling Duck ( Dendrocygna viduata ); Kasane, Botswana, 1 January. Lesser Whistling Duck ( Dendrocygna javanica ); Singapore Botanical Gardens, Singapore, 25 February. White-backed Duck ( Thalassornis leuconotus ); Wakkerstroom, South Africa, 22 February.

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Redgannet’s Year List 2015

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For his part, Redgannet has committed to a trial period through January and will try to stick to a more socially responsible regimen of birds then beer for the rest of 2015. In a similar way, birds will be admitted to Redgannet’s Year List 2015 by finding 2 birds with a matching prefix. Birding Year List 2015

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Goals for Birding Costa Rica in 2015

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Destinations Costa Rica Year List 2015 January kicks off the high season for birding in Costa Rica. The winds of the dry season keep the clouds away for half of the country, and guides are busy showing people tanagers, guans, and (with luck) a Resplendent Quetzal or two. I have been doing my fair share of guiding and that’s why February has crept up on me with the stealth of a Puma.

Results of the 2015 Global Big Day

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This places Peru as a Global Big Day Champion for the year of 2015!!! On the competitive front, there is already talk among Peruvian birders on preparing to defend the 2015 title. Cusco Birders. in-country Champions. Photo: Nestor Ccacya Baca. Ebird has hit something big. With the successful first Global Big Day the application of simultaneous count to help understand bird populations on multiple scales has a new meaning.

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Envision Festival 2015: Costa Rica’s Burning Man with an eco-twist

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| Green Travel News | Envision Festival returns to the breathtaking shores of Uvita, Costa Rica, February 26 through March 1, 2015. Central America Costa Rica Green Travel News The Americas Uvita Costa Rica Burning Man Envision Festival 2015 green music festival Michael Straus Steven Brooks sustainable music festival

2015 Env-econ tournament challenge #bracket

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The 2015 Env-econ NCAA Basketball Tournament Challenge is ready to go.  I've never set one of these up before, but Tim left me holding the bag. So here we go.   To join the challenge, click here (if this isn't the correct link let me know!) or go to espn.com and click on "Tournament Challenge."  "  If you don't already have one, you will need to create an espn.com account to join. 

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Great Miami Winter Bird Count 2015

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For many in the birding community, Miami is a destination meant only for ticking off ABA-countable exotics such as Spot-breasted Oriole or Red-whiskered Bulbul. For others, it is simply a launching point to Everglades National Park or the Florida Keys. However, few realize that this flat, densely populated county boasts one of the highest list totals of any county east of the Mississippi.

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2015 World Big Year

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Noah Strycker, author of The Thing with Feathers and Among Penguins , will be doing a world-wide Big Year in 2015. In 2015 I will try to crush the worldwide Big Year record: My goal is to see 5,000 species of birds between January 1 and December 31. Talk about ambitious! Rather than the frantic travel of a “normal” Big Year this one will feature one continuous trip covering lots of turf with a particular focus on the tropics because that is where the birds are.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of 2015)

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One weekend down for 2015 and only 51 to go. Hope your year is off to a ripping start! I hit Lake Ontario for winter birds this weekend and walked away with a trio of Red-throated Loons. Corey’s Best Bird of the Weekend was an adorable Northern Saw-whet Owl at an undisclosed location in Queens. Of course, Corey wasn’t actually the one to spot it. No, he just brought his family to the area he knew one was hiding and waited for Daisy to make the discovery.

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Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis 2015 Conference

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from March 19-20, 2015. From the inbox: Dear John,   Can you please help me share the information below on the upcoming SBCA conference through the Environmental Economics blog? Please let me know if you have any questions or need more information. I am also attaching our conference and workshop flyers for your reference. The conference will feature a number of sessions on environmental issues -- please see  here  for the preliminary program.

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Where Are You Birding This Third Weekend of January 2015?

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How is your 2015 year list looking so far? Wow, those are a lot of Oriental Pratincoles ! If you’re around 300 species, you’ve been keeping pace nicely with Noah Stryker. Only halfway through the first month of the year, and he’s already left most of us in the dust! I don’t expect to gain any ground as far as birds are concerned this weekend, as this bitter cold compels me to stay indoors as much as possible.

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Casa Santos Lima: Valcatrina – Vinho Regional Alentejano (2015)

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On the label of this week’s wine — the 2015 Casa Santos Lima Valcatrina from Portugal’s Alentejo region — is a Common (“Ring-necked”) Pheasant ( Phasianus colchicus ). Casa Santos Lima: Valcatrina – Vinho Regional Alentejano (2015).

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of March 2015)

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Nearly everywhere in the world, birds are on the wing, not just traveling to and from their daily haunts but returning to their ancestral circuit. Based on the the time of year, many people I know are also on the wing. So best of luck to any and all creatures striving towards a distant horizon right now. Old Man Winter still has my part of the world firmly under his hoary thumb. Instead of enjoying early migrants, I can appreciate the spring songs of my local winter birds.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of February 2015)

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So many sexy snow birds pop up this time of year: Snow Buntings , Snow Geese , Snowy Owls … But if you’re like me, you couldn’t get out to see them this weekend. Too much snow! Between work and shoveling, I had no chance to get out birding. Fortunately, House Finches came to me, brightening up the feeder with their raspberry resplendence.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of April 2015)

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Signs of spring are evident everywhere winter once held sway. Actually, signs that winter won’t release its icy grip so readily are also apparent… my traditional Easter family hike was canceled on account of snow. Sure, we could have survived the blustery flurry, but I’d rather hide until the last remnants of winter blow away! Our travels this weekend took us on the New York State Thruway, which passes through Montezuma NWR.

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Where Are You Birding This First Weekend of March 2015?

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You might not sense it yet, but excitement is in the air. Somewhere deep in the tropics, a warm, fat, contented bird is beginning to feel the merest inkling of restlessness. Even in the midst of paradise, this itinerant soul cannot remain happy for long. “Is this all there is?” ” the bird will ask. And in time, just a matter of weeks really, this vagabond and countless more like it will realize that abundance and adventure lie north, towards the poles.

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Where Are You Birding This Third Weekend of March 2015?

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Most folks in the Northern Hemisphere feel a sense of exultation at the thought that spring officially arrives this weekend. Of course, spring weather may not arrive exactly as scheduled. I’m not sure how those of you south of the equator feel about this weekend or, frankly, so many things. What does the third weekend of March mean to you? Corey and I will both be enjoying the incipient signs of spring migration.

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Where Are You Birding This Final Weekend of February 2015?

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Every weekend deserves at least a little excitement, but I’m finding it difficult to get too worked up about another ice-rimed February weekend. So much for going out like a lamb! At least this miserable (YMMV) month is coming to an end. I’ll dream of an opportunity to encounter a cool owl, falcon, or boreal vagrant along the lake this weekend, but I can’t say for sure I’ll actually look for one.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of April 2015)

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What’s so great about April? A better question might be to ask what isn’t great about April. This month introduces change for the better, movement from one state to another, and a season that unfolds magically week after week. Also lots of birthdays in my family, which is cool. And also birds, also cool! I finally got my eyes on my first Eastern Phoebe of the year, pumping that tail in the cold spring sunshine.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of March 2015)

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Here in the United States, we are gripped by March Madness. While this epic basketball tournament can make people pretty crazy, the real madness is how much this weekend felt like winter instead of the gateway to spring. But the season is changing, which offered glossy black Common Grackles squeaking and strutting against the crisp white snow of a Rochester spring day! Corey’s Best Bird of the Weekend was a Common Redpoll at the feeders in Forest Park on Saturday morning.

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2015 Queens County Birdf Club Big Sit Results

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The 2015 Queens County Bird Club Big Sit at Fort Tilden on Saturday was a rousing success! In addition to having more participants, we had more bird species, 76, beating out last year’s inaugural effort by two whole species. We really had to work hard for our 76 species this year too, and it makes me wonder if it will possible to ever break a hundred species from the platform during an October big sit. But what, exactly, is a Big Sit?

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Where Are You Birding This Third Weekend of April 2015?

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Keep your eyes to the skies for exotics like this Red-masked Parakeet ! Here in the United States, we’ve just observed (not celebrated, mind you) Tax Day, the annual IRS tax filing deadline. I point this out not to engage in a debate about the merits or flaws of taxation in America, but simply to point out that a heavy burden has been lifted off of our collective shoulders. Therefore, if you live in the United States, celebrate the fact that your taxes are filed by birding this weekend.

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Where Are You Birding This Final Weekend of January 2015?

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North American bird lovers may take special satisfaction that a team named for the mighty Osprey is battling for the NFL championship in this weekend’s Super Bowl. But does being a birder mean that you have to automatically root for the bird-themed team? What do you think? And isn’t it time we had a sports team named for the Roseate Spoonbill ? I’ll be watching Seahawks and probably not much else this weekend.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of January 2015)

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Alas, the team named for a bird fell short of the crown in Super Bowl XLIX. While many human beings felt anguish and rage at the loss, most avifauna appeared unperturbed. The non-Seahawk birds that caught my eye this weekend were Northern Cardinals , which always look their best burning crimson against a blanket of white snow. Corey’s Best Bird of the Weekend was a wonderful American Pipit foraging on the roadside margin at Jones Beach State Park.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of February 2015)

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As members of an international community of nature lovers, we all experience the weekend in different parts of this wide, wide world. Consequently, only those of you who live in the northern temperate regions can appreciate how I’m feeling about this dreadful month. Author Anna Quindlen expressed this midwinter despair quite eloquently: “February is a suitable month for dying.

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Where Are You Birding This First Weekend of 2015?

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Happy New Year, nature lovers! No matter how many phenomenal birds you spotted or how many glorious ecosystems you explored in 2014, your year list is now reset to zero (though most of you probably rectified that matter on New Year’s Day!) A pristine weekend lies before you like an untroubled field of freshly fallen snow. Make your mark and see some birds.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of January 2015)

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Get excited, bird lovers… a team with an avian appellation is headed to the Super Bowl! For the second year in a row, the Seattle Seahawks will represent the NFC, the Pacific Northwest, and bird lovers everywhere in pursuit of the NFL championship. Congrats, bone breakers! My weekend wasn’t as eventful as Russell Wilson’s, but I did locate some open water in the icy Irondequoit Bay Inlet.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of February 2015)

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Now that we’ve gotten February out of the way, the time has come to face facts: the next mass migration is not that far off. Is it too soon to start reviewing warbler songs? My best bird sighting this weekend was a Red-tailed Hawk , significant not just because these common raptors always command respect but because of what this particular bird had in its mouth: nesting material!

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Where Are You Birding This Final Weekend of April 2015?

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Enjoy the view at Moorcroft Manor in South Africa. Waking up to snow at the end of April is uncommon even here in western New York. My immediate reaction this morning was not fit for print, while my second was to wonder if April Fools Day fell twice this month. While I gave a moment’s thought to our new spring arrivals, they are probably much better equipped to cope with the cold than I am at this point.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of March 2015)

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Patrick’s Day weekend teaches us many lessons, more than a few of which concern parades, alcohol, and nationalism as fashion. But this time of year also reminds us that as you stand gazing hopefully at the season ahead, you are still mired in the one that is ending. Transitions, like Irish whisky, can make us moody. My mood kept me from enjoying the outdoors this weekend, since I can’t stand looking at the snow anymore. At least I could see American Robins.

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Where Are You Birding This Third Weekend of February 2015?

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Keep your eyes to the skies for gulls, but don’t breathe in too deeply ! Here we lie fallow in mid-February. In just about every part of the world, this weekend will be much like last weekend. Next weekend will be more of the same. Nothing for us to do, my friends, but soldier on… I’m eager to spy winter birds around Rochester, but ironically, the snow and cold seem to be shutting most of them down. Corey will likely do better along the vaguely milder Atlantic coast.

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Where Are You Birding This Second Weekend of February 2015?

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Don’t you wish this was your backyard? Ready to spend this weekend gazing adoringly at the ones you love? Perfect, because the Great Backyard Bird Count has begun! The GBBC stands as one of the most important and easy international citizen science initiatives. Just pay attention to a patch or yard for a few days and log your sightings. What a simple yet profound way to contribute to our collective understanding of bird behavior and distribution. Get involved!

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Fourth of January 2015)

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Chuck Palahniuk wrote, “The only reason why we ask other people how their weekend was is so we can tell them about our own weekend.” Why he was so cynical about a meaningful exchange of beautiful moments and memories, I’ll never know. I dipped on the King Eider drake that had been holding court around Irondequoit Bay but did muster a couple of Common Goldeneyes.

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Liberating ourselves in 2015!

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Non-New-Agey Spirituality (Religion, Philosophy) 2015 age of aquarius aquarius chuck palahniuk co-creation freedom jane goodall liberation one tribe osho ram dass Now is the time to start accepting everything that we are, from the shadow to the most golden light imaginable. Maybe we are already awesome as we are!

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of April 2015)

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We’ve entered that portion of the year where one season loosens its grip enough for the next to begin to peek through. In many parts of the world this weekend, spring felt like spring and fall felt like fall, or at least a recognizable harbinger of days to come. Did you see what I mean? I appreciated the muscular grace of a Sharp-shinned Hawk filtering effortlessly through tall trees, no doubt practicing for all those tiny migratory morsels on their way to the great boreal forest.

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Where Are You Birding This Second Weekend of March 2015?

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Patrick’s Day weekend doesn’t feel the same during a long winter; how festive can the wearing of the green be if everything outside your window is still white? If you do indulge this weekend, be safe! Now that spring is on the horizon, I’m eager to round up all those winter birds I’ve missed. Wish me luck! Corey makes his own luck. Expect him to track down early migrants in the NYC area. How about you? Where will you be this weekend and will you be birding?

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Where Are You Birding This First Weekend of April 2015?

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No matter how nice this weekend gets, I’d still rather be in a dry forest in Honduras ! Well, April fools, early indications suggest that the long, lingering winter plague that has infected many northern territories won’t be enough to keep birds away. As they’ve done for generations upon countless generations, migrants are trickling in from the south. You may not be able to tell, but the season has shifted. Corey and I will both be birding in the NYC area this weekend.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of June 2015)

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This weekend delivered the longest days of the year to those of us on the top half of the world. Hope you made the most of that extra daylight! I took my family on Sunday to explore a stretch of the flat but fancy Lehigh Valley Railroad Trail. The usual summer residents were in attendance, most gaudy of which was a male Rose-breasted Grosbeak , no doubt flush with paternal pride on Father’s Day.

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Where Are You Birding This First Weekend of February 2015?

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Keep your eyes to the skies for freaky hybrids ! If you live on my side of the globe–north/south axis, of course–you may be as sick as I am of winter weather. Alas, the long slog to spring will take many, many more frigid, blustery weeks. At least we have birds… My desire to see boreal specialties pales in comparison to my passion for staying warm and dry. This does not bode well for my birding weekend.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of January 2015)

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The month of January has so much to offer, from tropical migrants in the equatorial zones to visitors from the poles in our more temperate climes. If you didn’t get to explore this weekend, start planning for the next. Between work and NFL playoffs, I didn’t get out much. Fortunately, I had multitudinous murders of American Crows to appreciate; Rochester is reputed to have more crows than people.

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Where Are You Birding This Final Weekend of March 2015?

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Once spring has tentatively sprung in the northern half of the world, spring break must inevitably follow. So many of you are rushing to warmer climes for beaches and booze… how I envy you! Not wishing to fight the throngs of Rochesterians mobbing the airport, I’ve decided to stick around and hope for some early migrants in the Southern Tier. Corey will be holding down the NYC Metro area. How about you? Where will you be this weekend and will you be birding?

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