Birder's Guide

AUG 2013

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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Colorado Springs, Colorado jgordon@aba.org Jeffrey A. Gordon From the President elcome to the ABA's Birder's Guide series! If you are already a member of the American Birding Association, thank you! I hope you'll fnd this new quarterly publication useful, interesting, and of the high quality you associate with the ABA. We're working hard to make the Birder's Guide series something you'll be proud of and look forward to. If you're reading this online, or picked up a copy at a birding festival, nature center, or other birdy place but are not yet a member of the ABA, welcome! The American Birding Association is a group of women and men, younger and older, from many different backgrounds and with many different ways of enjoying birding. Though we're a diverse bunch in many ways, we're all united by an interest in how we can get more from our birding time and how we can give more to this wonderful sporthobby-science-passion-obsession. And so, we've developed the Birder's Guide series. Designed to be practical, opinionated, authoritative, and accessible, the guides are a chance for us all to explore a topic of perennial interest to birders in depth, to share what works, what's new, and what you need to know to be up to date. For our inaugural issue, we're focussing on birding travel, a subject near and dear to my heart and to the hearts of nearly all birders. And while birding travel may conjure up images of weeks-long expeditions to places remote and exotic, that's only part of the picture. After all, what is one of the main questions survey takers use to determine who is or is not a birder or birdwatcher? "Do you travel away from home with the primary purpose of watching birds?" The destination, as they say, is less important than the journey. Wherever your birding travels take you, I hope you'll fnd the ABA's Birder's Guide to Travel will improve your journey. W Good birding, Jeffrey A. Gordon President, American Birding Association PS: The Birder's Guide series is meant to be shared! If you enjoy this publication, please tell a friend or a whole fock of friends. Many of the issues will be available for free download here: . And please take the next step and become an ABA member by visiting or calling us at 800-850-2473! In doing so, you'll not only beneft yourself and your own birding, but also the entire birding community and, in turn, the birds themselves. 4 Birder's Guide to Travel | August 2013

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