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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4 Birder's Guide to Conservation & Community | August 2018 Jeffrey A. Gordon Delaware City, Delaware he American Birding Association will celebrate its 50th anniversary this coming year, 2019. At the time of its founding, the frontiers which the new organization explored had much to do with the status, distribution, and identification of many of the United States's and Canada's rarest and most sought-after birds and the fieldcraft involved in finding them. But even then, there was a considerable social component to what the ABA community was doing. Questions of ethics and how best to behave in the field were prime subjects of debate, along with how to compile, share, and com- pare lists and various milestones. Early in its development, the ABA initiated a series of conventions and conferences that, in addition to being watershed events for the birding community, had a tremendous influence on the founding of the myriad birding festivals that crowd the calendar with temptations nowadays. While I don't think birders will ever tire of learning new things about finding and identifying birds, it is clear to me that much of the frontier for birders in the next half century will be cultural as much or more than ornithological. We've gotten very good at finding and identifying birds. What we and the birds really need most at this point is for us to get better at opening more eyes to the excitement of bird- ing and the value of bird habitat and human access to it. We need to become more effective, persuasive evangelists and advocates. Much progress has been made, but there is still far, far to go. We have made great inroads into reaching more young birders and into removing barriers to participation by all in birding, including in leader- ship positions. But in many ways we are still in the very beginnings of knowing how to effectively build and strengthen our community and to help it more visibly and effectively contribute to conservation. Here in the pages of Birder's Guide to Conservation & Community, we present a survey of successes and challenges on all these fronts. We hope to inspire you to think of your fellow birders as a resource as important and worthy of care and enhancement as the wonderful open spaces where we go to find birds and to re-find ourselves. We challenge you to do what you can to advance the cause of birding—the next 50 years are going to be exciting and important ones. All of us at the ABA look forward to birding our way through them together with you. Good birding, Jeffrey A. Gordon President, American Birding Association elcome to the fifth annual issue of Birder's Guide to Conservation & Community. Our goal is to highlight the positive efforts being made in the realms of habitat conservation, community building, and environmen - tal education—all of which lead to healthier bird populations. In particular, the popular "Conservation Milestones" (see p. 6) highlights the real accomplishments of birders like you. Consider nominating someone you know—or even yourself—for profiling in next year's edition! As always, let us know what you did and didn't like in this issue, so that we may start planning for the future. If there's a topic missing that you feel deserves coverage, please pass it along. Even better, write about it yourself for the next issue! Finally, please consider sharing this issue with a friend. You can gift your hard copy when you're done, or simply send this link, where the entire issue is available online, and for free: Now let's get out there and do even more for bird conservation! Michael L. P. Retter Editor, Birder's Guide From the President From the Editor T W Michael L. P. Retter Fort Worth, Texas

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