There are many things you can do to help the peace movement. The suggestion list below is only a beginning.

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Spread the Word
Mail a Bag of Rice
Donate Time, Money, Ideas or Goods
Write Your Opinion
Voice Your Opinion
Show Your Opinion
Claim your Home or Business as a place for Peace
Organize a showing of "Greetings from Missile Street
Write a Letter to the Editor
Make Food, Not Bombs
Sign a Peace Pledge
Be Counted
Investigate Political Alternatives
Chalk One Up for Peace
Donate a Health-Kit to an Iraqi family
Participate in a March, Rally, or Vigil
Advertise for Peace
Serve on a Focus/Affinity Group
Donate a Book
Adopt a Library
Educate Yourself
Educate Others
Monitor Military Access and Involvement in your Schools and Community
Consider Becoming a Conscientious Objector
Organize a Post-Office Action
Explore Transportation and Energy Alternatives
Support Fair Trade
Defend Your Civil Liberties
Support American-Arab and Muslim families in your area
Cheap Art
Host an Event
Adopt a Bridge
Refuse to Pay War Taxes
Sponsor a Delegate on a Peace Team
Attend Public Events
Stay in Touch
Join/Start a Video or Book Discussion Club
Support a Local Resolution against the War
Bird-dog a Politician

Spread the Word:
Mail/email a friend our calendar of events. Our Calendar: http://www.seacoastpeaceresponse.org/events.htm Post fliers about upcoming programs or ones that call us to question policies of war and violence in your neighborhood. For copies of flyers on SPR upcoming programs, please send a note to info@seacoastpeaceresponse.org For examples of other flyers and posters to download see: Posters from Adam Nieman: http://www.adamnieman.co.uk/posters Posters from Reclaim the Streets: http://reclaimthestreetsnyc.tao.ca/posters Posters from Law Professors for the Rule of Law: http://www.the-rule-of-law.com/IraqPosters Flyers from War Resisters League: http://www.warresisters.org/demo_flyers.htm Student Peace Action flyers and posters: http://peace-action.org/home/iraq/getactive.html

Mail a Bag of Rice:
Participate in the grassroots campaign to tell President Bush, "If you are going to send something to Iraq, it should be food, not bombs." For more info: http://www.riceforpeace.org

Donate Time, Money, Ideas or Goods:
Seacoast Peace Response is a community and we can only meet our goals and mission with your support. ß We raise funds directly to support our programs and actions, as well as for specific projects such as the Ad for Peace campaign (See for more info: http://www.adforpeace.com). All donations to Seacoast Peace Response can be sent to P.O. Box 863, Portsmouth, NH 03801 If you would like your donation to be tax-deductible, please contact us beforehand. As well, if you would like to host or organize a fundraising event, please contact us at info@seacoastpeaceresponse.org ß We can always use new ideas for future projects and programs, and thoughts on how to improve our efforts and sustain ourselves as a community. Send us an email (info@seacoastpeaceresponse.org) or come to one of our monthly meetings (first Fridays at the UU Church, 292 State Street, Portsmouth, NH) and let us hear your voice. ß At any event we host, there are ways in which you can volunteer. From handing out fliers to introducing a speaker to welcoming people as they come in the door. Please let us know if you can spare the time and volunteer. ß We always have a need for clear contact paper and colored paper supplies for making fliers, and markers, stakes, cloth, paints, and poster paper for making signs. For some of our events, food, as well as equipment such as VCRs, screens, slide projectors, and digital or video cameras are also needed. By lending or donating these goods youıll help us keep our programs successful.

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Write Your Opinion:
Send letters to your local and national representatives. For House of Representative addresses see: http://www.house.gov/writerep/ For the address of your Senator see: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm Or write President Bush at White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20500. For sample letters to send see: [MoveOn] http://peace.moveon.org/iraqletters.php3 [Peace Action] http://www.peace-action.org/home/nounity.html For sample talking points on Iraq, see: Talking Points, by Phyllis Bennis, Institute for Policy Studies http://www.zmag.org/CrisesCurEvts/Iraq/bennisiraq.htm 12 Reasons to Oppose an Invasion of Iraq, by Patrick Carkin, NH Peace Action http://www.nhpeaceaction.org/news/12_reasons.shtml 10 Reasons to Oppose the War with Iraq, American Friends Service Committee http://www.afsc.org/iraq/guide/10reasons.shtm

Voice Your Opinion:
Let yourself be heard. Ask questions. Call into a local radio program. Make an appointment with your State Senator, Governor or town Mayor. Some of our favorite call-in radio programs are: Democracy Now!, http://www.democracynow.org/index.htm, available at the following stations: http://www.democracynow.org/stations.htm National Public Radio, http://www.npr.org, available at the following stations: http://www.npr.org/members Pacifica Radio, http://www.pacifica.org, available at the following stations: http://www.pacifica.org/stations/affiliates_east.html

Show Your Opinion:
Show your desire for a peaceful solution to our current crisis. Wear a peace button. Hang a peace flag. Put a bumper sticker on your car. Attack Iraq? No! bumper stickers can be ordered from: http://www.commondreams.org/stickerform.htm Peace Flags can be purchased from: High Flying Flag Co. P.O. Box 606 Greenland, NH 03840-0606 Phone: (603) 431-6676 Peace Pins and Buttons can be ordered from: http://peacepins.com/endthewar http://www.northernsun.com http://www.syrculturalworkers.org

Claim your Home or Business as a place for Peace:
War Resisters League has two great downloadable flyers, including coupons to leave for businesses you patronize urging them to post a flyer in their windows claiming their store as a Business for Peace. For more copies of the flyers see: http://www.warresisters.org/demo_flyers.htm

Organize a showing of "Greetings from Missile Street": This Joe Public Films video documentary about a peace team visit to the town of Basra, Iraq is an excellent catalyst for community discussion around the issue of U.S. involvement in Iraq and the Middle East. For more information on the video and its producer/director Tom Jackson, please visit http://www.joepublicfilms.com or contact: Joe Public Films, 163 Court Street, 2nd Floor, Portsmouth, NH 03801, info@joepublicfilms.org

Write a Letter to the Editor:
Write of your concerns, your questions and your opinions on how to create global justice and peace. Most newspaper requirements for letters to the editor are that they be submitted in the text of an email rather than as an attachment, that they be addressed to the editor, and that they be limited to 200-250 words. Be sure to include your name, address and telephone number so the paper can verify you as the author. Some contacts for submitting letters to the editor are: Portsmouth Herald, opinion@seacoastonline.com Hampton Union, lcshur@seacoastonline.com Union Leader/NH Sunday News, letters@theunionleader.com Fosterıs Daily Democrat, sharbert@fosters.com NH Gazette, editors@nhgazette.com York County Coast Star, dking@seacoastonline.com Portland Press Herald/ME Sunday Telegram, letters@pressherald.com Boston Globe, letter@globe.com or online at: http://www.boston.com/globe/editorials/form.htm New York Times, letters@nytimes.com Washington Post, letters@washpost.com or online at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A13301-2000Mar5.html

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Make Food, Not Bombs:
Host a potluck dinner and invite friends to share around the table their thoughts, concerns and wishes for a more peaceful world. There is nothing like a good meal shared between neighbors to strengthen a community. For information on Food Not Bombs cooperatives feeding activists for over 20 years visit: http://www.foodnotbombs.net/

Sign a Peace Pledge:
Another way to have yourself counted among those standing for peaceful solutions. Hereıs a few to look into: Michael Mooreıs Peace Pledge http://www.michaelmoore.com/petitions/peacepledge/index.php AFSC Campaign of Conscience Peace Pledge http://www.afsc.org/conscience/pledge.shtm Iraq Peace Pledge http://www.peacepledge.org

Be Counted:
Abraham Lincoln said, "Ballots are the rightful and peaceful successors to bullets." So, make sure you are counted. This is your democracy. If you are not already, register to vote at your local town office today.

Investigate Political Alternatives:
There are many alternatives to our current system of government that can foster a true grassroots democracy. Check out The Real Democracy project to start: http://members.ttlc.net/~ddiam

Chalk One Up for Peace:
Spread your message in chalk on your city sidewalks.

Donate a Health-Kit to an Iraqi family:
The American Friends Service Committee has organized a campaign to bring simple hygiene materials to needy Iraqi families. To participate, the AFSC request the following materials along with $5.00 for shipping costs be sent to: AFSC, Emergency and Material Assistance Program, 5 Longfellow Park Cambridge, MA 02138. Checks can be made out to: AFSC: Emergency and Material Assistance Program. For more information of the campaign see: http://www.afsc.org/iraq/kits.shtm The requested items are: 4 bars of soap & 1 plastic bottle of shampoo (13 - 24 ounce size or 450 - 830 milliliters). Place in plastic bag. 1 tube of toothpaste (minimum 8 ounces or 100 milliliters), 4 adult-size toothbrushes (leave in packaging), 1 hairbrush, 1 wide-tooth comb, 1 finger nail clipper and 1 box of adhesive bandages (minimum 40, assorted preferred).

Participate in a March, Rally, or Vigil:
There is power in our collective action. Check the Seacoast Peace Reponse calendar for local and national events you can participate in. For the calendar see: http://www.seacoastpeaceresponse.org/events.htm We often provide transportation opportunities by bus or carpool.

Advertise for Peace:
The Ad for Peace campaign was launched in 2003. It has been successful in raising funds to print ads in many regional papers, but needs your continued support to keep going. Visit the Ad for Peace website for more info on how to be involved. http://www.adforpeace.com

Serve on a Focus/Affinity Group:
We currently have eight focus and affinity groups that converse regularly to address specific issues concerning Seacoast Peace Response. These are the Programming and Fundraising Committees, the Iraq Affinity Group, and the Tax Resistance, Radio & Media Action, Street Theater, Bird-dogging, & Direct Action focus groups. We can always use volunteers to assist us in our efforts. If you would like to attend the next meeting of one of these groups, please let us know. For more info see: http://www.seacoastpeaceresponse.org/groups.htm

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Donate a Book:
Donate books or magazine subscriptions to your local public and/or school libraries in the name of peace. There are many wonderful publications out there providing viewpoints and histories of alternatives to war. If you are looking for suggestions of materials to donate contact SPR at info@seacoastpeaceresponse.org

Adopt a Library:
The Council on American Islamic Relations has begun a program to provide a collection of materials on Islam and Arab society to libraries at a low cost. Adopt your local library today and make a donation! See for more info: http://www.cair-net.org/libraryproject

Educate Yourself:
Read alternative news and media publications. Find out about the history of non-violent action and protest in America. Learn about other countries. Attend a service at a local synagogue, meeting house, church or mosque. And most importantly ask questions and share what youıve learned with friends and family. "No matter what our attempts to inform, it is our ability to inspire that will turn the tides." --Artist/Activist, Jan Phillips

Educate Others:
Organize a teach-in. Teach-ins are informational gathering designed to help individuals better understand particular issues of public interest. Contact your school & community educators and activists, and host open workshops and discussion groups around issues affecting your life. For more information on organizing a teach-in please contact us at info@seacoastpeaceresponse.org, or check the tips pages of: Sojourners magazine, http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=action.teachin or Student Peace Action, http://www.studentpeaceaction.org/teach-in.html

Monitor Military Access and Involvement in your Schools and Community:
In 2002, New Hampshire citizens defeated a bill in the state Senate proposing that all young men be required to register for the draft in order to get a driverıs license. (For an article by former NH AFSC Youth Coordinator, Riva Pearson on the bill visit: http://www.afsc.org/youthmil/200205/newhamp.htm) Currently under the No Child Left Behind Act, passed by the Bush administration in 2002, is a provision requiring public secondary schools to provide military recruiters access to facilities and to contact information for every student, or face a cutoff of all federal aid. The only way a studentıs personal information and records can be withhold from recruiters is if the students or their parents make the request to their school administration. Educate your school board, parent-teacher associations, student council and fellow students and parents about their ability to opt-out of this violation of youth rights. For an article about this provision in the act visit: http://www.alternet.org/story.html?StoryID=14716 Join efforts for a balanced education about war in our schools. The study of militarism is taught in our schools through Junior Reserve Training Corps (JROTC) and often without a balance of peaceful alternatives and histories in the classroom. For information on how to order a JROTC organizing packet visit: http://www.afsc.org/nero/service/11.htm For debate on the JROTC in the NH seacoast schools see the following series of articles from the Portsmouth Herald: http://www.seacoastonline.com/2002news/4_27a.htm http://www.seacoastonline.com/2002news/4_28d.htm http://www.seacoastonline.com/news/02012003/news/10698.htm

Consider Becoming a Conscientious Objector:
According to the American Friends Service Committee a conscientious objector "is someone who has sincere, deeply-held beliefs that make him or her object to fighting in war." Do you have all the information you need to make a decision to enlist or not? Educate yourself. Talk to veterans in your community about their experiences. Contact your local Veterans of Foreign Wars organization. Talk to Veterans now working for peace. (See: http://www.veteransforpeace.org) Contact the Central Committee for Conscientious Objectors and read their tips on what you should know before you enlist: http://www.objector.org/before-you-enlist.html . Ask the youth-workers at the AFSC-National Youth and Militarism Program about your options. For their contact info visit, http://www.afsc.org/youthmil/contactus.htm Your choice will affect the rest of your life.

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Organize a Post-Office Action:
The United States Post Office will not allow packages over 12 ounces to be mailed to Iraq. Organize a group to bring individual packages over the limit into your post office one by one and attempt to have them mailed. Packages can include food or health staples that are of a non-threatening nature, such as condensed milk or childrenıs vitamins. Use this opportunity to educate the public about the continued sanctions against Iraq by inviting the press to cover your event. Voice in the Wilderness suggests that you, "clearly mark the outside of the boxes, Food & Medical supplies for Iraqi children. Address the boxes to The Iraqi Red Crescent Society, AlıMansour, Baghdad, Iraq. Then on a separate set of labels, mark the addresses of your local Representatives and Senators." When your Post Office employees refuse to mail your packages, redirect them to your local representatives with a note asking them to send them to Iraq for you! For information on past Post Office actions in NH see: http://www.seacoastonline.com/2002news/08102002/news/18236.htm and http://www.seacoastonline.com/2002news/12152002/news/3152.htm

Explore Transportation and Energy Alternatives:
Ride a bike. Walk. Carpool. Take a local bus or train. Learn about solar and wind power for your home. Decrease our dependence as a community on foreign sources of food, water, energy & fuel, and increase our sustainable as a healthy community. For local bus, train, and carpool schedules visit: COAST bus http://www.coastbus.org C & J Trailways bus http://www.cjtrailways.com UNH Wildcat Transit bus http://www.unh.edu/parking/routes.html Concord Trailways bus http://www.concordtrailways.com Seacoast Trolley Company http://locallink.com/seacoasttrolley York County (ME) Community Action bus and car service http://www.yccac.org/Transportation.htm NH Rideshare carpooling http://www.state.nh.us/dot/nhrideshare/parkandride.htm Park and Ride carpooling http://www.commute.com/park_ride.html Bike Commuting info from Seacoast Alternative Transportation Guide http://www.rpc-nh.org/Transit/seacoast-transit-home.htm#bike Amtrak Downeaster train http://www.thedowneaster.com MBTA Boston subway http://www.mbta.com Portland, ME transportation http://www.transportme.org ShuttleBus from Biddeford to Portland, ME http://www.shuttlebus-zoom.com For regional information on alternative energy and fuel options see: New England Electric Auto Association http://neeaa.org Solectria alternative energy and transportation systems http://www.Solectria.com Sunweaver solar energy alternatives http://www.sunweavers.com Sundance solar energy products http://www.sundancesolar.com Envirotecture architects http://www.greenpages.org/detail.cfm?List_Key=12986 Seacoast Anti-Pollution League http://www.sapl.org Northeast Sustainable Energy Association http://www.nesea.org New England Renewable Energy Festival http://www.solarfest.com Recycline, Inc. http://www.recycline.com For information on local food and water sources see: Clean Water Action-NH http://www.cleanwateraction.org/nh/index.htm Save Our Groundwater http://www.saveourgroundwater.org EcoFish, Inc. http://www.ecofish.com Seacoast Growerıs Association http://www.seacoastgrowers.org Farmersı Markets-NH State Department of Agriculture, Markets and Food http://www.state.nh.us/agric/farmmkt.html Farm Stands-NH State Department of Agriculture, Markets and Food http://www.state.nh.us/agric/farmstd.html Maine Department of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Resources searchable listing of farm stands and farmersı markets http://www.getrealmaine.com/ Portland (ME) Public Market http://www.portlandmarket.com Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association http://www.mofga.org Stony Field Farms http://www.stonyfield.com Great Bay Food Coop http://www.unh.edu/gbfc

Support Fair Trade:
How free is our free market? Wars are often waged for control of resources and trade markets. By supporting the fair trade movement between nations and cultures, you support a more peaceful and humane world. To receive email updates on the fair trade movement in New Hampshire, contact the NH-American Friends Service Committee at (603) 224-2407 or aalpert@afsc.org . For other resources on alternative economies and fair trade see: Fair Trade Resource Network http://www.fairtraderesource.org Global Trade Watch http://www.citizen.org/trade Grassroots Economic Organizing Newsletter http://www.geonewsletter.org Alternatives to Corporate Globalization- IMC Philadelphia http://www.phillyimc.org/alternatives

Defend Your Civil Liberties:
Know your rights! The American Civil Liberties Union has created helpful resources to help you know where you stand. Here are a links to a few: ACLU Bustcard http://www.aclu.org/Files/OpenFile.cfm?id=10042 ACLU Safe and Free http://www.aclu.org/safeandfree/ As well, individuals are seeking the passing of local town resolutions defending civil liberties. For more information on suggested resolutions contact your state ACLU office or visit: http://www.aclu.org/SafeandFree/SafeandFree.cfm?ID=11256&c=206 For information on the presentation of such a resolution in Kittery, ME see: http://www.seacoastonline.com/news/01022003/news/5756.htm

Support American-Arab and Muslim families in your area:
We will only be free as individuals when our freedoms are guaranteed for our entire community. Gain a greater understanding of what it means to be American and Muslim. Invite members of a local mosque to share services with your church or synagogue. Express your opinion against the mass arrests of immigrants since 9-11. See the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee Action Alert webpage for more info: http://www.capwiz.com/adc/issues/alert/?alertid=1122716 Or contact SPR at info@seacoastpeaceresponse.org , for information on how to support Arab-American and Muslim families in our region.

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Cheap Art:
Toni Cade Bambara wrote, "The role of the revolutionary artist is to make revolution irresistible." Art bridges all communities. It feeds our heart and soul. Express your vision of peace. Create a public mural, draw a picture, take pictures and create a collage, design a bumper sticker or T-shirt, participate in political theater, write a song, paint a banner, make puppets! For more info on the Cheap Art movement and other art projects around peace and politics see: Bread and Puppet Theater, Vermont http://www.theaterofmemory.com/art/bread/bread.html Puppeteersı Cooperative Home Page http://www.gis.net/~puppetco/ Theater for the New City, New York http://www.theaterforthenewcity.org Virtual Museum of Political Art http://www.medicalnet.at/horvath/museum.htm Studentsı Art for Peace project: Brandenton, Florida http://www.art-for-peace.org Visions of Peace childrenıs art project http://www.celebratingpeace.com/Visions.htm Teaching Tolerance Songbook for Young Peacemakers http://www.tolerance.org/teach/expand/songbook/index.jsp Poets Against the War http://poetsagainstthewar.org/

Host an Event:
Seacoast Peace Response is always looking for free or inexpensive venues to host future events. If you have a venue or know of one in your area that could be used, please contact us. (info@seacoastpeaceresponse.org)

Adopt a Bridge: Our brothers and sisters in Maine have been coordinating bridge vigils throughout the state. We can do the same. Please let us know when and where you will be vigiling so we can support you. For more information on the Maine Peace Bridges project visit: http://www.peacebridges.org/

Refuse to Pay War Taxes:
A.J. Muste said, " The two decisive powers the of the government with respect to war are the power to conscript and the power to tax." We are indelibly linked to our governmentıs ability to wage war through the taxes we pay. Refusing to pay war taxes has a long history in America. Such patriots who refused to pay their war taxes include Henry David Thoreau and Arthur Evans. For more information of the history of tax resistance and current resistance movements visit: National War Tax Resisters Coordinating Committee: http://www.nwtrcc.org or War Resisters League-War Tax Resistance: http://www.warresisters.org/wtr_menu.htm Other Resources: Anti-Iraq War Tax Resistance flyer: http://www.warresisters.org/anti-war_WTR_flyer-lowres.pdf 2004 Tax Pie-Chart: http://www.warresisters.org/2004_piechart.pdf

Sponsor a Delegate on a Peace Team:
For information on local activists and students traveling on peace teams that you can help sponsor, please contact us at info@seacoastpeaceresponse.org

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Attend Public Events:
Check our calendar for a listing of events, http://www.seacoastpeaceresponse.org/events.html, then describe your opinion of the experience in a letter to an editor (See the Write an Editorial section for newspaper contacts for submission), or in your own news report to an independent media center or news outlet. "Donıt hate the media, become the media!" -Jello Biafra Some contacts for submitting news articles are: NH Gazette, editors@nhgazette.com Public Access TV, http://www.publicaccesstv.net/submit Free Speech TV, http://www.freespeech.org/fsitv/html/howtosubmit.shtml National Independent Media Center (IMC), http://www.indymedia.org/publish.php3 Maine IMC, http://maine.indymedia.com/publish.php3 Boston IMC, http://boston.indymedia.com/publish.php3 Western Massachusetts IMC, http://wmass.indymedia.com/newswire/index.php?function=publish Vermont IMC, http://www.vermontindymedia.org/newswire/index.php?function=publish New York City IMC, http://nyc.indymedia.com/publish.php3 Washington, DC IMC, http://dc.indymedia.com/publish.php3

Stay in Touch:
There are many mailing lists that can keep you abreast of activities in your area. To subscribe to the Seacoast Peace Activists Mailing List, maintained by Seacoast Peace Response members, send us an email: info@seacoastpeaceresponse.org On this mailing list you will receive calendar updates and useful news bulletins. Other mailing lists about regional info are: NH Peace Action To join, send an email to info@nhpeaceaction.org NH Peace Response To join, send an email to NHPeaceResponse-subscribe@smartgroups.com New England Region- Witness for Peace To join, visit: http://www.witnessforpeace.org/newengland/mailinglist.htm Peace Action Maine For updates visit: http://www.peaceactionme.org/weekly.html

Join/Start a Video or Book Discussion Club:
Through community discussion of these issues we all come closer to a peaceful solution. Start a neighbor discussion group at your own home, church or public library. For a list of recommended materials to discuss please check our bibliography (http://www.seacoastpeaceresponse.org). Also many excellent videos and films are available from the AFSC Library. To view their catalog and rent individual titles visit: http://www.afsc.org/nero/nevlib.htm There are currently regular book and video discussions being held at the Dover, NH (Quaker) Meeting House by Seacoast Peace Response members. For more information on these events please check our calendar (http://www.seacoastpeaceresponse.org/events.htm), or send us an email (info@seacoastpeaceresponse.org.)

Support a Local Resolution against the War:
The town of Santa Cruz, California was the first to pass such a resolution. To see theirs visit: http://www.ci.santa-cruz.ca.us/council/resolution/iraqreso.txt For other sample resolutions see The Institute for Policy Studies website: http://www.ips-dc.org/citiesforpeace/sampleresolutions.htm For information on the city resolution against the war passed in Portland, ME see: http://www.commondreams.org/headlines03/0204-08.htm For information on the city resolution against the war in Portsmouth, NH contact nrgbrown@aol.com or ubscared2@aol.com

Bird-dog a Politician:
Bird-dogging is an effective way of gaining public and media attention around issues of concern to you. Make a difference by asking questions directly to those who represent you in government. For more information on local bird-dogging efforts contact SPR at infor@seacoastpeaceresponse.org or visit the Bird-Dogger website at http://www.birddogger.org

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