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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5 August 2018 | Birder's Guide to Conservation & Community A writer and editor based in Washington, D.C., Jennifer Howard was from 2015–2018 the director of public relations for American Bird Conservancy, which works to conserve birds throughout the Americas. She has been a senior reporter at The Chronicle of Higher Education and a contributing ed - itor at The Washington Post. She has published fic- tion and nonfiction in a wide range of publications, including EdSurge, The Times Literary Supplement, Slate, VQR , Humanities magazine, and Bookforum. An enthusiastic backyard birder and novice native- plant gardener, she currently lives in a row house with her husband, their two children, two dogs, and two indoor-only cats. Follow her on Twitter at @JenHoward and read more of her work at Tiffany Kersten is on the board of the Friends of the Wildlife Corridor and has spent the past 14 years as an environmental educator, planning and administering programs with the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, Massachusetts Audubon Society, Cape May Bird Observatory, and Quinta Mazatlan World Birding Center. Tiffany worked at Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge from 2012– 2013 and holds a B.S. in Natural Resources from Northland College. In her spare time, Tiffany enjoys competitive archery, training with a local running club, and performing as a member of Sorellanza, a Latin dance team. An active birder since high school, Michael Slater has a lifelong interest in natural history, espe - cially birds, insects, and native plants. He has been a member of the Baird Ornithological Club, for which he has served as president, since he moved to the Reading, Pennsylvania, area in the late 1970s. Michael writes a nature column called "Outside" that is published every Wednesday in the Reading Eagle's weekly Berks Country magazine. Environmentalist. Entrepreneur. Explorer. Writer. Painter. Vegan. All of these describe Raymond L. VanBuskirk , whose love for the natural world was born in the pine forests of the Land of Enchantment. He is a New Mexico native and has spent the first 28 years of his life following his dream of creating a career around birding. Raymond co-owns and operates BRANT Nature Tours, a New-Mexico- based nature travel company with a strong com - mitment to both environmental and social justice. His career experience also includes multiple or - nithological field research positions, including two summers as seabird research technician on the Arctic Ocean, past president of the Central New Mexico Audubon Society, board member of Western Field Ornithologists, ABA young birding camp instructor, and birding specialist for Leica Sport Optics. Raymond is a proud member of Queer Birders of North America (QBNA), the con - tinent's informal club for LGBTQ+ members of the birding community. About the Authors

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