Birder's Guide

AUG 2018

Birder's Guide is the American Birding Association's newest publication. Each issue focuses on a key subject, providing tips from experienced birders on a wide variety of topics like Travel, Listing & Taxonomy, Gear, and Conservation & Community.

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10 Birder's Guide to Conservation & Community | August 2018 Conservation Milestones mortality on this façade, and the group is now focusing on influencing Albuquerque's building code in the future. To help CNMAS with their mission of protecting New Mexico's birds and educating the community along the way, please check out their website at For more information on bird collisions, visit Klee Bruce: Birds and Literacy in the Ozarks ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Sometimes kids make the most effec- tive teachers, especially when they're both passionate about their subject and sporting a super rad undercut. At 16, Klee Bruce is an accomplished birder, a dedicated conservationist, a bright and hardworking conservation communica - tor, and an avid community volunteer in Springfield, Missouri. Falling in love with birds at an early age, Klee found deep connection with the folks of Greater Ozarks Audubon Society, where she graduated from their Green Leadership Academy for Diverse Ecosystems (GLADE), a nationally ac - claimed conservation leadership academy. GLADE is well known for inspiring new generations to get involved in connecting people to nature and inspiring them to work to protect it. Klee is a shining ex- ample of the program's many successes. As part of her own efforts in local com- munity service, Klee created and spear- headed a literacy unit based on birds for K-5 students attending selected Springfield public schools. She effectively sparks stu- dent interests in reading and birds by hand-picking books for their lessons that lead to discussions on bird diversity, phys- iology, and global importance. Her older students are exposed to more complex concepts of ecology, endangered wildlife, habitat destruction, and extinction. Klee receives outstanding reviews from her students and their teachers—so much so that other schools in the area want in. She was recently awarded a $500 grant from GLADE in coordination with the Community Foundation of the Ozarks to expand her literacy program to more schools in the Springfield district. To find out how you can support Klee in her goals of purchasing more books and reaching more students, please con - tact her at To learn more about GLADE or to apply, check out the May 2015 issue of Birder's Guide to Conservation & Community or go to Solyx ® Bird-Safety Window Film being installed on windows at the Albuquerque Botanic Gardens. The reflection of the trees reveals the plight of birds trying to exist in our concrete jungles. Photo © Bruce Dale n Klee Bruce reads with her birders-to-be. Photo © Klee Bruce n Klee Bruce searches for any sign of feathered life on a lake near her home. Photo © Klee Bruce n Time for your close-up! Klee Bruce is out for a day of birding and boating near her home in Springfield, Missouri. Photo © Klee Bruce Continued from page 8

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