Birder's Guide

NOV 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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I' ve been a birder since I was a child. My grandmother told me that the bird waking me up every morning as it sang outside my bedroom window was a Carolina Wren. Ever since then, I've thought that nothing about birds is as evocative as their songs. In the winter, birders long for the frst songs of the spring; in the summer, the dawn chorus in the cool morning gives a smile to the most hard-bitten cynic; and in the fall, listening to quiet and frighteningly similar calls challenges birders to take identifcation to the next level. Nothing brings back fond bird- ing memories so much as hearing a singing bird and recalling that spring morning years ago, or summer day high in a mountain meadow. 24 Birder's Guide to Listing & Taxonomy | November 2013

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