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For this week���s issue ��� coming as it does right before Christmas ��� we felt it would be preferable to go lighter on the news stories and heavier on the features. Fortunately, thanks to Fran Palmeri and Otus Rufous, we have breathtakingly beautiful nature photos for your viewing pleasure. Fran presented us with an early Christmas present in the form of exquisite shots of a wide variety of creatures, as you will see in Magnificent Abundance. We dare not ask how Otus manages a camera, but he has provided a whole array of the most delightful shots of birds you possibly can imagine. We invite you to savor his account of how an Audubon Christmas Bird Count transpires ��� and see how skilled you are at identifying some of his fellow winged creatures. Of course, using a digital production platform enables us to present these images to you with incredibly clear, crisp color and quality. That being said, we also are extraordinarily fortunate to be able to make use of the skills of our production manager, Cleve Posey. Vicki Chatley, our copy editor, and I agreed that Cleve outdid himself with his layouts this week. At this point, I also want to take the opportunity to tell all of you, our readers, just how much we appreciate you. Thanksgiving may be the traditional time for people to reflect upon their blessings, but I seem to do that more often during the Holiday Season. You are why we are inspired each week to work on hard-hitting news stories, fantastic photos and gorgeous layouts. From all of our staff, our warmest holiday wishes to you. Editor and Publisher

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