Tex For Mayor 2014

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The post Tex For Mayor 2014 appeared first on 4 The Love of Animals. Tex is one of 14 dog candidates running for a two year term to serve as the first canine mayor of Salt Lake County. American Dog Rescue Foundation and its founder Arthur Benjamin need YOUR votes to help Tex win! Tex is a death-row rescue from eight years ago. From death row to possibly becoming the first K9 Major of Salt Lake City!

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First snow of 2014, a time lapse

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The post First snow of 2014, a time lapse appeared first on 4 The Love of Animals. I saw that we had snow in the forecast yesterday, so I set up our time lapse camera just for fun to capture it. If you look closely you will see a few birds too, small and large. The little birds are called juncos, and they love to come eat our walnuts. We also get a few woodpeckers, and pigeons. You will see both juncos and pigeons in the video. Note, this video has no sound.

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Beneful Unleashed the 2014 Dream Dog Park!

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The post Beneful Unleashed the 2014 Dream Dog Park! Christmas came early for the dog-loving community of Prescott, Arizona, today as Beneful® unleashed the $500,000 Dream Dog Park renovation of Willow Creek Dog Park. The fire-station themed renovation marks the fourth half million dollar dog park transformation by the dog food brand.

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2014 Arenal Bird Count

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But the prospects of our trip grew even more exciting once we learned that our stay would coincide with the Conteo de Aves Arenal 2014 or 2014 Arenal Bird Count. When the proprietors of Costa Rica’s Finca Luna Nueva Lodge graciously invited Corey and me to visit, we were both thrilled at the prospect of awesome Costa Rican birds at an amazing ecolodge.

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First Phoebe of 2014

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I finally saw my first migratory Eastern Phoebe of 2014 today at Rockaway Community Park in Queens! As I have for the last several years, I will now ask the same question of midwesterners and northeasterners that I ask every year: When did you see your first Eastern Phoebe of 2014? Here are my arrival dates for my first Eastern Phoebes of the year for the last nine years: 2014 – 29 March.

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Best Bird of the Year 2014

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2014 has been a good year for us at 10,000 Birds. Larry starts us off right with an owl that makes birders drool: I was able to see and photograph many great birds in 2014 but my Best Bird of the Year would have to be the Great Gray Owl , the largest Strix in North America. Patrick had many birds to choose from for his Best Bird of the Year but he chose a new species for him in Costa Rica, a real regional rarity: My BBOTY for 2014 goes to Hudsonian Godwit.

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Hong Kong Trip Report: February 2014

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I visited Hong Kong from February 20-27, 2014. The sprawling city-state of Hong Kong is, without a doubt, one of the great capitals of the world, a gleaming metropolis where centuries of Eastern and Westerns culture blend with commerce to produce a true 21st century society. Despite impressive, often rampant development, Hong Kong reserves 40% of its land as greenspace. The result is a nature lover’s paradise rich with mountains, beaches, and birds. Lots and lots of birds!

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of 2014)

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The calendar year 2014 has just about run its course. What a way to end 2014’s birding. And that’s a wrap. It’s all over but the year bird counting, so take stock of any species you’ve added this weekend. Corey’s Best Bird of the Weekend was New York State’s first Couch’s Kingbird in the incongruous location of the West Village in Manhattan.

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First Bird of 2014

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What was your first bird of 2014? And here’s hoping you see many great birds, including lots of lifers, in 2014! After all, 2013 was a pretty great year and there is no reason 2014 can’t be the same! Birding 2014 first bird of the year Hopefully it was better than a pigeon! 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.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of May 2014)

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One of the many ancillary benefits of becoming a birder, apart from an elevated social status and encyclopedic knowledge of taxonomy, is a subtle grasp of phenology. But you don’t have to be wise to nature’s ways to realize that spring is mighty slow to fully bloom in some parts of the world. The birds seem to be dragging their proverbial heels this year, but migration still rewards those who would brave the bitter May chill!

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of November 2014)

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The year 2014 is approaching its imminent end, which means different things for different people. For those of us interested in observing avifauna, the last six or so weeks of a year offer enough time and opportunity to finish up with the year list we’d love to look back on. Have you been working on yours? I was both surprised and pleased to spy a Bald Eagle flying over my house, which is quite uncommon so far from the lake.

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Susie’s Hope Movie Giveaway

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You might know Susie as the winner of the 2014 American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards. We have a special giveaway today. Susie has a special story, and a movie has been made all about it. We have a DVD … Continue reading → The post Susie’s Hope Movie Giveaway appeared first on 4 The Love of Animals. dogs giveaways people helping animals

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Where Are You Birding This Final Weekend of August 2014?

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Ready to close the books on the summer of 2014, northerners? Keep your eyes to the skies for chickadees and t**s. We in the United States like to usher out the season in style with a three-day weekend. While we used to honor the American Labor movement during this time, we’ve turned our collective focus from work to play and plenty of it. Hope you’re on board!

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#DogProblems giveaway!

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The giveaway will end on December 7th, 2014! The team at Purina Veterinary Diets is igniting a conversation around common #DogProblems, like gas (oh, dog gas can be almost deadly, can’t it?!). The hope is to get concerned owners to talk to their vet about pet food allergies – they even created a Symptom Checker for people to learn more about the topic. They are also taking a humorous approach, creating some funny dog memes about common dog problems.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of October 2014)

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Why is camping so interesting? I ask because, despite my deep affection for warmth, indoor plumbing, and uninterrupted Internet access, I found myself and my family enjoying an overnight out of doors. Camping and birding both fall under the category of “nature” activities, yet the two seem only tangentially related. How many of you birders enjoy camping and how many of you would rather skip the whole thing?

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of July 2014)

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Quick show of hands… how many of you in the U.S. kept a special eye out for Bald Eagles ? My favorite sighting this weekend was not of the regal representative of my nation’s pride but rather a single brilliant Indigo Bunting at Lake Skaneatles. Corey’s Best Bird of the Weekend was a bird that has frustrated him for quite some time now.

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Redgannet’s Year List 2014

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This year Redgannet has agreed to include birds on his year list only if they are logged from a site that he has either not birded before, or has not visited for more than 5 years. Whilst his nomadic lifestyle allows him to bird all around the world, he tends to favour certain spots and sticks to where he knows. If he is to become a better birder, he must try harder! So this year he will have to stretch his wings a little and explore further afield if he is to amass a decent roll call.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Fourth of May 2014)

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We’re a little slow to discuss this weekend’s birding because many of us in the U.S. are still enjoying a beautiful Memorial Day. But if you’re eager to share the spoils of your recent avian adventures, let the bird bragging commence! While I saw some pretty special species this weekend, the most special was the Gray Catbird because my sweet 7-year niece totally got into finding one; I think I’ve found the next generation birder in the family!

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of May 2014)

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We birders seem to keep our own arcane calendar, with weeks and months symbolized not by numbers but rather by avian avatars. Each phenological totem evokes the confluence of time, climate, and geography that tells a richer story of a place than simply its position relative to the sun. Most North American birders I know would definitely represent the month of May with a bright and sprightly wood-warbler, though the argument about which bird would best serve would be epic indeed.

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Where Are You Birding This First Weekend of September 2014?

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American fashion dictates that we retire our white shoes and frocks once the sun sets on Labor Day. Most blame snooty millionaires and sloppy September weather for the changes, but we birders know better. Fall migrants are on the wing, which brings the teeming multitudes of avian observers out in force. What’s the connection? Easy… good birders don’t wear white !

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Where Are You Birding This Second Weekend of February 2014?

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Let a hot Merritt Island sunset keep you warm! Here in the northeastern United States, stultifying forces assail us from every side. Not only has the polar vortex established a permanent chill in our collective bones, but those who care about such things must also endure the winter doldrums. Very little is happening on the birding front these days.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of September 2014)

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Now that autumn has fallen, my part of the world feels like summer. Hopefully, October offers more of the same! My best birds this weekend were American Goldfinches on purple coneflowers, which is where I like them best. Corey’s Best Bird of the Weekend was a surprise Marsh Wren which popped up out of the reeds while Corey was busy counting Chimney Swifts feeding low over Willow Lake in Queens on Saturday morning.

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Where Are You Birding This Third Weekend of March 2014?

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The calendar says that this is the last weekend of the winter of 2014. Keep your eyes to the skies and look out for bull dust ! For those of us in the northeastern United States, this winter has been rough. Even if you snapped enough Snowy Owl photos to make a bird-a-day calendar, you’ve got to be sick of the excessively frigid temperatures and relentless precipitation. I’m writing this still aching from shoveling the 18+ inches that blanketed Rochester yesterday.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of March 2014)

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Some may consider talking about the weather banal, but I can’t help complaining during a winter like this. While March earns a reputation for coming in like a lion, the season rarely seems as wild and cold as Winter Storm Titan threatens to be over the next few days in the American Northeast, Midwest, and Mid-Atlantic. Seriously, if this continues into migration, the birds are all going to fly back south.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of January 2014)

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Less than two weeks into the new year and I’m already used to writing 2014 instead of 2013. That must be a new record! This weekend, I took time to appreciate the sight of ten American Robins congregating in a leafless tree. The use of the robin as a symbol for spring seems inapt considering how beautiful those rust red breasts appear in the gray of winter.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of September 2014)

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James Russell Lowell famously wondered , “And what is so rare as a day in June? Then, if ever, come perfect days…” Of course, he was on the mark concerning the quality of June days, but don’t you think he might have overlooked September? Corey and I were most pleased to see that shorebirds haven’t entirely abandoned the Esat Pond at Jamaica Bay. My BBOTW was a weird Dunlin while Corey was most partial to the Pectoral Sandpiper pictured above. How about you?

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of May 2014)

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What a weekend for those of us experiencing the exhilaration of spring migration! Assuming that your over-worked eyes are as blurry as mine at the moment, we should get right down to business and talk birds… The best of the many warblers I uncovered at Cobbs Hill this weekend was an entirely improbable Kentucky Warbler.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of October 2014)

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The final weekend of October positively burns with activity, from spectacular seasonal fare to sports extravaganzas to Halloween hullabaloo. How does a person even find time to look at birds? I was able to spare a few moments to appreciate the Northern Cardinals that, while always present at my home, seem so much more welcome once days turn gray.

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Where Are You Birding This Second Weekend of March 2014?

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Keep your eyes to the skies for uncommon birds like this leucistic Bald Eagle ! Daylight Savings Time falls this weekend in those areas that observe this tradition. Remember, springing forward means one less hour of sleep this weekend, not one less hour of sleep! I’ll be out and about in the Rochester area enjoying this sudden influx of sun. Corey will be birding the heck out of some random part of New York. How about you? Where will you be this weekend and will you be birding?

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Where Are You Birding This Third Weekend of October 2014?

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Keep your eyes to the skies… you never know what you’ll see! Autumn in October means many things to many people more eloquent by half than I. Rabindranath Tagore observed, “The music of the far-away summer flutters around the Autumn seeking its former nest.” ” According to Percy Bysshe Shelley, “There is a harmony in autumn, and a luster in its sky…” What are your favorite fall quotes?

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of April 2014)

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I wonder how many of you enjoyed this weekend as much as I did. Was the joy a natural result of a delicious Easter brunch or the welcome warmth of a dilatory spring? Perhaps the weekend’s pleasure proceeded from the arrival of birds not seen here for months. All this surely contributed to my great satisfaction, but I suspect the smile on my face results, in no small part, from the fact that my kids are going back to school after a long spring break! Who else is feeling good today?

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of February 2014)

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Now that Winter Olympic fever has gripped the global imagination, I can’t help but wonder why we don’t have more international birding competitions like the International Birding Rally in Peru. You’ve got to imagine that the only thing better than winning a gold medal would be getting the gold AND a bunch of lifers. Who can make this happen? A Cooper’s Hawk almost killed me this weekend.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of July 2014)

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This is an interesting time of year when people are coming and going while birds mostly sit still. Except, of course, that some birds are also coming and going too. The trick is to make sure your path crosses those of the right birds at the right time. While it was neither the rarest or most interesting bird I saw this weekend, the Eastern Bluebird that flew over my car as I drove through Virginia has to take Best Bird of the Weekend honors just because it will be my third blue bird in a row.

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Where Are You Birding This Third Weekend of May 2014?

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Last week might have been the official observance of International Migratory Bird Day along with innumerable Big Days, Big Sits, and Great Texas Birding Classics (well, maybe only one of those!), but spring is still springing and birds still winging towards their breeding or wintering grounds. No matter what events are scheduled where you live, you’ll have reason to celebrate if you get outside.

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Skittles’ Surgery GoFundMe

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On April 15th, 2014, Skittles required emergency surgery due to an intestinal obstruction. Reader Bridget needs our help! Thank goodness, he is out of surgery and healing now. But, due to the surgery being an emergency performed by a specialist, his medical bills are through the roof. So far, Bridget has raised over 50% from friends, family, and animal lovers from all over, which is amazing! Now, she hopes to reach more animal lovers to help fundraise the remaining amount.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of May 2014)

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Can the best bird of your weekend be one you didn’t see? Obviously, not seeing a desired bird can place the offender in the Worst Bird of the Weekend category. We’ve all been there, right? But search your soul… could you possibly take pleasure in a special bird like the tasty vagrant that popped up in the most unlikely place or maybe one far from home that a friend just added to the life list?

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of December 2014)

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So many people devoted serious time this weekend to acquiring gifts for family, friends, and strategic acquaintances. Hopefully, each of you found time to give yourselves the gift of a decent bird sighting or two. I tried to rustle up some Short-eared Owls down at Nations Road, a notorious haunt for these magnificent beasts. Curse my rotten owl luck, I didn’t see a single one, but did manage a pale Rough-legged Hawk.

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Where Are You Birding This Second Weekend of October 2014?

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Keep your eyes to the skies for raptors on the move, like this Griffon Vulture over the Straits of Gibraltar. If you live in the northeastern United States, you recognize the upcoming long weekend as the peak of leaf-peeping season. If you don’t live in a temperate zone, you may not have even known that leaf-peeping is a thing! I’ll be hazarding some chilly October camping in Lyman Run State Park this weekend. With hope, some birds will be passing through the area.

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Where Are You Birding This Final Weekend of June 2014?

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Keep your eyes to the skies for hunting falcons ! Is it that time already, when a young birder’s fancy turns to, um, non-birds ? Indeed, those long hot stretches between migratory periods can try a bird watcher’s soul as surely as a cold, dark, birdless winter. Fortunately, once you get tired of your local residents, you can expand your interest in nature towards everything else that blooms and bustles in summer. I love watching moths, butterflies, and dragonflies this time of year.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Fourth of February 2014)

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As much as I love hearing about and sharing Best Birds of the Weekend, sometimes I have cause to ponder just what that term means. Obviously, the birds themselves are not jockeying for recognition. Rather, we designate best birds according to our priorities and perceptions of value. The Feral Pigeon has many virtues to admire, but who is going to brag about encountering one of those? BBOTW speaks volumes about birders, not birds.

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Where Are You Birding This Fourth Weekend of May 2014?

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Spring migration may be dwindling to a trickle by now, but vast movements of mammals are about to commence. I’m speaking, of course, about summer vacation! Summer in the United States unofficially begins this weekend. Are you on the road? I’m on my way down to NYC, which apparently so unnerved Corey that he fled the country. Look for him somewhere in Canada! How about you? Where will you be this weekend and will you be birding? Share your plans in the comments below.

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Where Are You Birding This Third Weekend of September 2014?

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September is a ‘tweener month, straddling two seasons and belonging entirely to neither. Helen Hunt Jackson describes this delectable transition in a poem entitled, what else, September : By all these lovely tokens. September days are here, With summer’s best of weather. And autumn’s best of cheer. I’m hoping for the best of weather and cheer this weekend as I visit NYC to go birding in Queens with Corey.

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Where Are You Birding This First Weekend of October 2014?

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October much resembles March in these parts, but reversed in polarity. This month comes in like a lamb, unless you’re paying attention to fall migration, in which case the lion is roaring right now. Enjoy! I don’t know why I’ve done this to myself, but I’ve been working every weekend morning. This weekend will be the same, which will definitely impede my birding exploits.

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