Birder's Guide

JAN 2019

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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6 Birder's Guide to Travel | January 2019 Jeffrey A. Gordon Delaware City, Delaware jgordon@aba.org lot of good comes from birding travel, as you know. Good times, memories, friendships, and good economic and conservation impacts. Travel has always been deep in the American Birding Association's DNA since its founding 50 years ago, and it's something we've always strived to help our members get the most from. But did you know how much good your birding travel can and does do for the ABA and its mission? While the ABA is not—and doesn't aspire to be—a birding tour company, we do offer a small selection of carefully selected ABA travel opportunities each year, and they are a major source of support for our programs in service of our mission to inspire all people to enjoy and protect wild birds. These trips, along with membership dues and donations and bequests, make up nearly all our funding. So traveling with the ABA not only does you good, it does good for birding. Each year, there's typically a single large-scale trip we call the ABA Safari. Since our first one in October of 2014, a memorable trip to South Africa, these epic birding events have been offered in partnership with Rockjumper Worldwide Birding Adventures, which has always done an incredible job of taking excellent care of our groups. In July of 2019, our 50th Anniversary ABA Safari will be to the most bird-rich country on Earth, Colombia. And in November of 2020, the ABA and Rockjumper will head to the continent with the fewest bird species, Antarctica. Don't let the relatively shorter bird list put you off, though, as Antarctica is easily one of the top birding trips anywhere, as you'll see in Noah Strycker's article on page 20. We also offer two or three Birding Rallies each year. In 2019, we're going to Thailand in February with Tropical Birding for one of their Birding with a Camera events, and then it's to Hawaii once again in September with Hawaii Forest and Trail. We're also partnering with our friends at Opossum Creek Retreat in West Virginia for a much-requested Birding Camp for adults, to be held over Memorial Day weekend for a cornucopia of breeding warblers and other showy songbirds. For more information on these and other ABA travels, go to aba.org/events or call Liz Gordon at 800-850-2473. We hope you will join us on one of these events soon. You'll do good for your life list, for your mental health, and for the future of birding. We also hope that whatever sort of travel your birding involves, you'll find much of interest in this and every issue of Birder's Guide. Safe travels, and good birding, Jeffrey A. Gordon | President, Americ A n Birding Associ A tion ravel means different things to different birders. For some, it's a leisurely Sunday drive along Ontario's South Coast Birding Trail. Others save up for years to go on a high-seas adventure to Antarctica. Some like to spend a relaxing week sunbathing in Cabo. And some rejuvenate their souls by taking an hour to wander around their local park in Beaumont, Texas. However you travel, Birder's Guide wants to help you find your joy. I hope there is something of use and interest to you in this issue. If there's not, please let us know what you'd like to see next time. Be sure to tell us what you liked here, as well, so that we can be sure to include similar content in next year's Birder's Guide to Travel. And as always, we love to hear from folks who want to offer their own advice in the form of an article. We depend on members' contributions to make future issues a reality. You can reach me at mretter@aba.org. Happy travels! Michael L. P. Retter | e ditor, Birder's Guide From the President From the Editor A T Michael L. P. Retter Fort Worth, Texas mretter@aba.org

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