National Wetlands Month Calendar of Events

Celebrate National Wetlands Month!  There are talks, walks, birding and volunteering events happening all month long! Bring your friends and family and celebrate your local wetlands. Keep checking back, we will continue to add events! If you need help planning your trip, check out our Oregon Greatest Wetlands Map.

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  • National Wetlands Month Photo Contest #mywetland

    National Wetlands Month Photo Contest #mywetland

    All day
    2017-05-01-2017-05-31

    photo contest

    May 1st is the kick-off of our National Wetlands Month Photo Contest!

    Photo contest submissions can be shared with us on FB/Instagram/Twitter or right here (Photo Submission form below). You could be the winner of our photo contest.

     

    What do you win? ….Your photo will be featured in our annual report, at our Wetlands & Wellies fundraiser and on all our social networks.

     

    We want to know why do you love wetlands? Send us a landscape, a close-up, some wildlife, native plants, your feet in the mud, your favorite bird watching spot and more!

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  • Beaver Stories and Crafts

    Beaver Stories and Crafts

    10:00 am-12:00 pm
    2017-05-03
    1127 Broadway St, Seaside, OR 97138, USA

    1127 Broadway St, Seaside, OR 97138, USA

    Beaver Dam

    Seaside Library

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  • Columbia Co. Slough and Sewage, Audubon Portland

    Columbia Co. Slough and Sewage, Audubon Portland

    7:15 am-12:30 pm
    2017-05-04
    Sauvie Island, OR, United States

    Sauvie Island, OR, United States

    Join Karen Chaivoe and Marilyn Abend to bird for early spring migrants in the Columbia County sloughs, and Port of St. Helens water treatment plant. Meet on Sauvie Island at the TriMet Park and Ride lot to form carpools. We will drive about 40 miles round trip. A $3 parking fee is required for the Port of St. Helens.

    For questions or more information, contact Karen at kchaivoe@comcast.net or Marilyn at abendlaughter@gmail.com. Limited to 18 participants. Register at http://tinyurl.com/may4-col-slough

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  • Beaver Tales Art Exhibit Opens

    Beaver Tales Art Exhibit Opens

    All day
    2017-05-06-2017-05-31
    612 Broadway St, Seaside, OR 97138, USA

    612 Broadway St, Seaside, OR 97138, USA

    Beaver Movie Screening

    Fairweather Gallery and Beach Books hosts The Beaver Tales Art Exhibit throughout the month of May.

  • Bust Broom for Beavers

    Bust Broom for Beavers

    10:00 am-1:00 pm
    2017-05-06
    726 Broadway St, Seaside, OR 97138, USA

    726 Broadway St, Seaside, OR 97138, USA

    Join the North Coast Land Conservancy for a great day!

    Each May staff and volunteers with North Coast Land Conservancy focus on removing invasive Scotch broom on our properties: we call it Broom Buster Month. On Saturday, May 6, a team of NCLC volunteers will spend the day attacking Scotch broom at our Thompson Creek and Stanley Marsh Habitat Reserve, which NCLC conserved in 2006 and began restoring. These 80 acres of creek and wetland are now one of our most visible success stories, with beavers now actively building dams throughout the property. As time permits, we may also use the same loppers we’re wielding against Scotch broom to cut back weeds encroaching on young willows planted here in December.

    If you’d like to volunteer, please contact NCLC Stewardship Director Melissa Reich at 503-738-9126 or melissar@nclctrust.org to let her know you’re coming. Wear sturdy boots and gloves. Bring loppers if you have them; otherwise all equipment will be provided. Bring drinking water and lunch; there will be no toilets or potable water on site. Dogs are not allowed on NCLC properties. We will met at the pump house near Thompson Creek. From US 101 at the north end of Seaside, turn east on Lewis and Clark Road. Take the first right onto Thompson Falls Drive, then an immediate left into a gravel parking area at the pump house.

    Property owners are encouraged to remove Scotch broom and other invasive plants from their own properties during Broom Buster Month as well; click for more information and tips. Widely planted and admired in the early 20th century for its bright yellow blossoms, Scotch broom out-competes native plants and is turning our open coastal prairies into a monoculture of dense, weedy shrubs, destroying the habitat that many coastal animals need to survive.

  • Nature Walk: Prairie Restoration and Fenders Blue Butterfly

    Nature Walk: Prairie Restoration and Fenders Blue Butterfly

    10:00 am-1:00 pm
    2017-05-06
    2665-2801 W 18th Ave, Eugene, OR 97402, USA

    2665-2801 W 18th Ave, Eugene, OR 97402, USA

    Explore Willow Creek Preserve and learn about native wildflowers, prairies in the Willamette Valley and our work restoring habitat for the endangered Fender’s blue butterfly. This easy 1.5 mile walk on level ground will include visits to several habitats including wet prairie and upland prairie to view the native wildflower bloom. We will also take a look at a Fender’s blue butterfly restoration area, and hopefully see some butterflies!

  • Black Oystercatcher Community Science North Coast Training, Audubon Portland

    Black Oystercatcher Community Science North Coast Training, Audubon Portland

    10:00 am-11:30 am
    2017-05-06
    163 E Gower Ave, Cannon Beach, OR 97110, USA

    163 E Gower Ave, Cannon Beach, OR 97110, USA

    Black Oystercatchers are an iconic and easily recognizable bird we share our coast with. It is also a species of conservation concern because of its small population size and vulnerability to habitat impacts. If you would like to learn more about this amazing bird and are interested in helping with Audubon Portland’s community science effort to monitor oystercatchers on the coast, consider attending this training. The training will cover Black Oystercatcher life history, conservation challenges they face, and instructions on how to participate in our abundance and nest monitoring program. Light refreshments will be served.

     Contact Joe Liebezeit (jliebezeit@audubonportland.org) to RSVP.

  • Rock Paper Turtle Art for Wetlands

    Rock Paper Turtle Art for Wetlands

    11:00 am-7:00 pm
    2017-05-06-2017-05-08
    3151 Cottonwood Ct, West Linn, OR 97068, USA

    3151 Cottonwood Ct, West Linn, OR 97068, USA

    Join The Wetlands Conservancy and artists Jan Rimerman and Dave Haslett in celebrating National Wetlands Month 2017. Neptune Studios will be showcasing the work of Jan Rimerman, Dave Haslett, Larry Olson and Candace Wilson.

    25% of each sale goes directly to The Wetlands Conservancy for TWC Nyberg Preserve Western Pond Turtle habitat project.

  • Frances Backhouse Author of Once They Were Hats

    Frances Backhouse Author of Once They Were Hats

    1:00 pm-3:00 pm
    2017-05-06
    616 Broadway St, Seaside, OR 97138, USA

    616 Broadway St, Seaside, OR 97138, USA

    Frances Backhouse

    Beavers, those icons of industriousness, have been gnawing down trees, building dams, shaping the land, and creating critical habitat in North America for at least a million years. Once one of the continent’s most ubiquitous mammals, they ranged from the Atlantic to the Pacific, and from the Rio Grande to the edge of the northern tundra. Wherever there was wood and water, there were beavers — 60 million (or more) — and wherever there were beavers, there were intricate natural communities that depended on their activities. Then the European fur traders arrived.

    In Once They Were Hats, Frances Backhouse examines humanity’s 15,000-year relationship with Castor canadensis, and the beaver’s even older relationship with North American landscapes and ecosystems. From the waterlogged environs of the Beaver Capital of Canada to the wilderness cabin that controversial conservationist Grey Owl shared with pet beavers, Backhouse goes on a journey of discovery to find out what happened after we nearly wiped this essential animal off the map, and how we can learn to live with beavers now that they’re returning.

  • More events
    • Beaver Tales Art Exhibit Opens
      Beaver Tales Art Exhibit Opens
      All day
      2017-05-06-2017-05-31
      612 Broadway St, Seaside, OR 97138, USA
      612 Broadway St, Seaside, OR 97138, USA
      Beaver Movie Screening

      Fairweather Gallery and Beach Books hosts The Beaver Tales Art Exhibit throughout the month of May.

    • Bust Broom for Beavers
      Bust Broom for Beavers
      10:00 am-1:00 pm
      2017-05-06
      726 Broadway St, Seaside, OR 97138, USA
      726 Broadway St, Seaside, OR 97138, USA

      Join the North Coast Land Conservancy for a great day!

      Each May staff and volunteers with North Coast Land Conservancy focus on removing invasive Scotch broom on our properties: we call it Broom Buster Month. On Saturday, May 6, a team of NCLC volunteers will spend the day attacking Scotch broom at our Thompson Creek and Stanley Marsh Habitat Reserve, which NCLC conserved in 2006 and began restoring. These 80 acres of creek and wetland are now one of our most visible success stories, with beavers now actively building dams throughout the property. As time permits, we may also use the same loppers we’re wielding against Scotch broom to cut back weeds encroaching on young willows planted here in December.

      If you’d like to volunteer, please contact NCLC Stewardship Director Melissa Reich at 503-738-9126 or melissar@nclctrust.org to let her know you’re coming. Wear sturdy boots and gloves. Bring loppers if you have them; otherwise all equipment will be provided. Bring drinking water and lunch; there will be no toilets or potable water on site. Dogs are not allowed on NCLC properties. We will met at the pump house near Thompson Creek. From US 101 at the north end of Seaside, turn east on Lewis and Clark Road. Take the first right onto Thompson Falls Drive, then an immediate left into a gravel parking area at the pump house.

      Property owners are encouraged to remove Scotch broom and other invasive plants from their own properties during Broom Buster Month as well; click for more information and tips. Widely planted and admired in the early 20th century for its bright yellow blossoms, Scotch broom out-competes native plants and is turning our open coastal prairies into a monoculture of dense, weedy shrubs, destroying the habitat that many coastal animals need to survive.

    • Nature Walk: Prairie Restoration and Fenders Blue Butterfly
      Nature Walk: Prairie Restoration and Fenders Blue Butterfly
      10:00 am-1:00 pm
      2017-05-06
      2665-2801 W 18th Ave, Eugene, OR 97402, USA
      2665-2801 W 18th Ave, Eugene, OR 97402, USA

      Explore Willow Creek Preserve and learn about native wildflowers, prairies in the Willamette Valley and our work restoring habitat for the endangered Fender’s blue butterfly. This easy 1.5 mile walk on level ground will include visits to several habitats including wet prairie and upland prairie to view the native wildflower bloom. We will also take a look at a Fender’s blue butterfly restoration area, and hopefully see some butterflies!

    • Black Oystercatcher Community Science North Coast Training, Audubon Portland
      Black Oystercatcher Community Science North Coast Training, Audubon Portland
      10:00 am-11:30 am
      2017-05-06
      163 E Gower Ave, Cannon Beach, OR 97110, USA
      163 E Gower Ave, Cannon Beach, OR 97110, USA

      Black Oystercatchers are an iconic and easily recognizable bird we share our coast with. It is also a species of conservation concern because of its small population size and vulnerability to habitat impacts. If you would like to learn more about this amazing bird and are interested in helping with Audubon Portland’s community science effort to monitor oystercatchers on the coast, consider attending this training. The training will cover Black Oystercatcher life history, conservation challenges they face, and instructions on how to participate in our abundance and nest monitoring program. Light refreshments will be served.

       Contact Joe Liebezeit (jliebezeit@audubonportland.org) to RSVP.

    • Rock Paper Turtle Art for Wetlands
      Rock Paper Turtle Art for Wetlands
      11:00 am-7:00 pm
      2017-05-06-2017-05-08
      3151 Cottonwood Ct, West Linn, OR 97068, USA
      3151 Cottonwood Ct, West Linn, OR 97068, USA

      Join The Wetlands Conservancy and artists Jan Rimerman and Dave Haslett in celebrating National Wetlands Month 2017. Neptune Studios will be showcasing the work of Jan Rimerman, Dave Haslett, Larry Olson and Candace Wilson.

      25% of each sale goes directly to The Wetlands Conservancy for TWC Nyberg Preserve Western Pond Turtle habitat project.

    • Frances Backhouse Author of Once They Were Hats
      Frances Backhouse Author of Once They Were Hats
      1:00 pm-3:00 pm
      2017-05-06
      616 Broadway St, Seaside, OR 97138, USA
      616 Broadway St, Seaside, OR 97138, USA
      Frances Backhouse

      Beavers, those icons of industriousness, have been gnawing down trees, building dams, shaping the land, and creating critical habitat in North America for at least a million years. Once one of the continent’s most ubiquitous mammals, they ranged from the Atlantic to the Pacific, and from the Rio Grande to the edge of the northern tundra. Wherever there was wood and water, there were beavers — 60 million (or more) — and wherever there were beavers, there were intricate natural communities that depended on their activities. Then the European fur traders arrived.

      In Once They Were Hats, Frances Backhouse examines humanity’s 15,000-year relationship with Castor canadensis, and the beaver’s even older relationship with North American landscapes and ecosystems. From the waterlogged environs of the Beaver Capital of Canada to the wilderness cabin that controversial conservationist Grey Owl shared with pet beavers, Backhouse goes on a journey of discovery to find out what happened after we nearly wiped this essential animal off the map, and how we can learn to live with beavers now that they’re returning.

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  • Frances Backhouse Reading

    Frances Backhouse Reading

    1:00 pm-3:00 pm
    2017-05-07
    SW Zoo Parking Rd, Portland, OR 97221, USA

    SW Zoo Parking Rd, Portland, OR 97221, USA

    Frances Backhouse

    Our state animal the American Beaver has played a significant role in our lives, since humans inhabited this continent. They have fed and clothed us, inspired spiritual beliefs and cultural traditions, driven the course of history, lent their name to countless landmarks and kept our water reservoirs charged.

    Bring your family and friends to hear Canadian Author Francis Backhouse’s stories about humanity’s 15,000-year relationship with American Beaver and their even older relationship with North American landscapes and ecosystems from her book Once They Were Hats: In Search of the Mighty Beaver.

    Click to RSVP

  • Rain Gardens 101 Workshop

    Rain Gardens 101 Workshop

    1:00 pm-5:00 pm
    2017-05-07
    7561-7577 NE Hoyt St, Portland, OR 97213, USA

    7561-7577 NE Hoyt St, Portland, OR 97213, USA

    Learn how to build your own rain garden! We’ll explore the critical role rain gardens can play in urban stream restoration, and how they add beautiful landscaping to your yard at the same time.

    You will learn how to assess your site to determine the best location and size, calculate impervious surfaces, determine soil suitability, choose appropriate plants, and how to maintain your new rain garden. You will also receive a comprehensive manual that guides you through all the steps in constructing your rain garden. Where possible, workshop includes a short tour of a nearby rain garden.

  • Margo Greeve – Author and Illustrator of Oregon’s Special Animals

    Margo Greeve – Author and Illustrator of Oregon’s Special Animals

    1:00 pm-3:00 pm
    2017-05-07
    616 Broadway St, Seaside, OR 97138, USA

    616 Broadway St, Seaside, OR 97138, USA

    Beach Books hosts Margo Greeve author and illustrator of Oregon’s Special Animals.

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  • Jackson-Frazier Wetlands Sundown Spotting, Natural Areas Celebration

    Jackson-Frazier Wetlands Sundown Spotting, Natural Areas Celebration

    7:00 pm-8:30 pm
    2017-05-08
    Jackson Frazier Wetland, Corvallis, OR, United States

    Jackson Frazier Wetland, Corvallis, OR, United States

    Watch the wetlands come alive! Jackson-Frazier has over 140 acres of high quality habitat for all types of birds, bats, owls, and other wildlife that start to come out in the evening. Enjoy a nice walk around the handicap accessible boardwalk and special access to the rare wet prairie habitat, as you see all the animals and their habitat. Be sure to bring binoculars if you have them!

    Meeting Location: Jackson-Frazier Wetland, 3600 NE Lancaster St, Corvallis, OR 97330
    Contact Information: Adam Stebbins, adam.stebbins@co.benton.or.us, 541-766-6085
    Registration Required: NO
    Sponsor: Benton County Natural Areas and Parks

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  • Black Oystercatcher Community Science South Coast Training, Audubon Portland

    Black Oystercatcher Community Science South Coast Training, Audubon Portland

    6:30 pm-8:00 pm
    2017-05-10
    832 Oregon St, Port Orford, OR 97465, USA

    832 Oregon St, Port Orford, OR 97465, USA

    Black Oystercatchers are an iconic and easily recognizable bird we share our coast with. It is also a species of conservation concern because of its small population size and vulnerability to habitat impacts. If you would like to learn more about this amazing bird and are interested in helping with Audubon Portland’s community science effort to monitor oystercatchers on the coast, consider attending this training. The training will cover Black Oystercatcher life history, conservation challenges they face, and instructions on how to participate in our abundance and nest monitoring program. Light refreshments will be served.

    Contact Joe Liebezeit (jliebezeit@audubonportland.org) to RSVP

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  • Film Screening, “Leave it to Beavers”

    Film Screening, “Leave it to Beavers”

    6:00 pm-9:00 pm
    2017-05-11
    851 Broadway St, Seaside, OR 97138, USA

    851 Broadway St, Seaside, OR 97138, USA

    Join us for a screening of PBS’s “Leave it to Beavers” at Seaside Brewing Company.

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  • Tyee Wetlands Walk, Bonfire and Wine, Natural Areas Celebration

    Tyee Wetlands Walk, Bonfire and Wine, Natural Areas Celebration

    6:00 pm-8:00 pm
    2017-05-12
    Tyee Wine Cellars, Greenberry Road, Corvallis, OR, United States

    Tyee Wine Cellars, Greenberry Road, Corvallis, OR, United States

    Come enjoy an evening at Tyee Wine Cellars along Muddy Creek south of Corvallis. This unique landscape is being actively restored to historic wet prairie and marshes by the Buchanan family, along with the Natural Resources Conservation Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Take a tour of Restoration Loop while you learn about ongoing restoration efforts, identifying native wildflowers and invasive weeds along the way. Bring a picnic, and delight in an evening of wine tasting and storytelling, all around a cozy bonfire. There will also be fun activities for the little ones including owl pellet dissection, and an up close look at owl feathers.

    Meeting Location: Directions to Tyee Wine Cellars from Corvallis: Take Hwy 99W south 7 miles and turn right onto Greenberry Road. Go 2.3 miles to Tyee Wine Cellars on your right.
    Contact Information: Tyee Wine Cellars, 541-753-8754, www.tyeewine.com
    Registration Required: NO
    Sponsor: Tyee Wine Cellars

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  • Second Saturday Work Party, Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge

    Second Saturday Work Party, Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge

    8:45 am-12:00 pm
    2017-05-13
    Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, Southwest Pacific Highway, Sherwood, OR, United States

    Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, Southwest Pacific Highway, Sherwood, OR, United States

    Our Second Saturday Restoration Parties are a great way to support the refuge, meet others in the community who enjoy the outdoors, and see some parts of the refuge that you usually can’t. If you’re ready to get your hands a little dirty, this is the opportunity for you.

    Second Saturday Restoration Parties take place on (you guessed it!) the second Saturday of every month, all year, rain or shine. There’s no need to sign up in advance, just meet us at the address listed in the details section below. We have all the tools to get the job done, so you just need to dress for the work and weather and bring the drinks and snacks that’ll keep you fueled.

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  • Malheur Benson Pond Work Party, Audubon Portland

    Malheur Benson Pond Work Party, Audubon Portland

    8:00 am-3:00 pm
    2017-05-20
    Narrows-Princeton Rd, Princeton, OR 97721, USA

    Narrows-Princeton Rd, Princeton, OR 97721, USA

    Join the Audubon Society of Portland and Benson Pond on the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, as we work to enhance the habitat and visitor amenities of this very special birding hotspot. We will maintain and enhance walking trails, plant trees, and make repairs to the historic pump house structure which will serve as a new visitor hut. Bring lunch and water, and dress for the weather.

    While you’re at the refuge, take time to enjoy the abundance of wildlife. Late May on the refuge is for arriving and recently arrived migratory songbird species like the Yellow Warbler, Bullock’s Oriole, and Warbling Vireo. Benson Pond also regularly hosts the majestic Trumpeter Swan, a rarity on the refuge, and is home to nesting Great Horned Owls.

    Lodging options: City of Hines and City of Burns, 32 miles north of Refuge Headquarters, provides lodging accommodations. Please contact Harney County Chamber of Commerce at 541-573-2636 or visit their website.

    Please complete the RSVP form and we will get in touch with more details.

    Contact Joe Liebezeit (jliebezeit@audubonportland.org, 971-222-6121) if you have questions.

    Thanks for working with us to care for your public lands!

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  • Turtle Walk in the Wetlands

    Turtle Walk in the Wetlands

    10:00 am-12:00 pm
    2017-05-21
    5300 N Marine Dr, Portland, OR 97203, USA

    5300 N Marine Dr, Portland, OR 97203, USA

    Oregon’s turtles are rare, shy and hard to find, but Smith and Bybee Wetlands Natural Area is home to one of the largest populations of Western painted turtles in Oregon. Learn about their natural history and examine shells of specimens found there in the past.

    Cost: $6/person, $11/family

    Ages: all ages

    Difficulty: easy

    Registration: Advanced registration required. Class size is limited to 18.

    Registration is handled through the Oregon Zoo, a service of Metro.

  • Rain Gardens 101 Workshop

    Rain Gardens 101 Workshop

    1:00 pm-5:00 pm
    2017-05-21
    1331 NW Eastman Pkwy, Gresham, OR 97030, USA

    1331 NW Eastman Pkwy, Gresham, OR 97030, USA

    Learn how to build your own rain garden! We’ll explore the critical role rain gardens can play in urban stream restoration, and how they add beautiful landscaping to your yard at the same time.

    You will learn how to assess your site to determine the best location and size, calculate impervious surfaces, determine soil suitability, choose appropriate plants, and how to maintain your new rain garden. You will also receive a comprehensive manual that guides you through all the steps in constructing your rain garden. Where possible, workshop includes a short tour of a nearby rain garden.

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  • Beaver Ecology – Neal Maine

    Beaver Ecology – Neal Maine

    7:00 pm-8:00 pm
    2017-05-25
    601-609 Broadway St, Seaside, OR 97138, USA

    601-609 Broadway St, Seaside, OR 97138, USA

    @608 Broadway, Seaside Oregon

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  • Sprague River KLLT Property Hike, Klamath Lake Land Trust

    Sprague River KLLT Property Hike, Klamath Lake Land Trust

    9:00 am-1:00 pm
    2017-05-27
    830 Klamath Ave, Klamath Falls, OR 97601, USA

    830 Klamath Ave, Klamath Falls, OR 97601, USA

    Meet at KLLT Office, 212 South 9th Street Klamath Falls

    Hike is rated EASY

  • Stand Up Paddleboard Tour of Oaks Bottom, REI

    Stand Up Paddleboard Tour of Oaks Bottom, REI

    9:00 am-12:00 pm
    2017-05-27
    Sellwood Riverfront Park, Southeast Oaks Park Way, Portland, OR, United States

    Sellwood Riverfront Park, Southeast Oaks Park Way, Portland, OR, United States

    Come explore this scenic stretch of the Willamette River with REI! On this tour you’ll launch from Sellwood Riverfront Park in Southeast Portland and follow the river past Ross Island and the Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge, with views of the Portland city skyline along the way. We provide the boards, paddling gear and basic paddle instruction. Participants should have some SUP experience.

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