Birder's Guide

DEC 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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Birder's Guide is published by the American Birding Association, Inc., a not-for-proft organization that seeks to inspire all people to enjoy and protect wild birds. The American Birding Association, Inc., seeks to encourage and represent the North American birding community and to provide resources through publications, meetings, partnerships, and birder networks. The ABA's education programs develop birding skills, an understanding of birds, and the will to conserve. The ABA's conservation programs offer birders unique ways to protect birds and their habitats. Birder's Guide to Gear December 2013 • Vol. 25, No. 4 CHAiR Louis Morrell directors editor iNteRiM PHoto eDitoR Michael L. P. Retter amy davis CoPy eDitoR ADVeRtisiNG Amy K. Hooper teCHNiCAL ReVieweRs Nick Block amy davis ted Floyd Geoff Malosh Noah strycker Ken Barron Bill stewart DesiGN & PRoDuCtioN ed Rother Carl Bendorf John Benzon Michael Bowen Matthew Fraker Scott Fraser Susan Jones Kenn Kaufman Roberta Kellam Robin Leong John C. Robinson Lili Taylor Charles Teske PResiDeNt Jeffrey A. Gordon FiNANCe Lisa Slocum, Accounting weB DeVeLoPMeNt PARtNeRsHiPs & MARKetiNG David Hartley Greg Neise Bill Stewart, Director Advertising information: Ken Barron , American Birding Association, 1618 W. Colorado Avenue, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 80904; 830-895-1144. MeMBeRsHiPs & CoMMuNiCAtioN David Hartley, Director Nancy Hawley, Membership Experience Coordinator LeAnn Pilger, Coordinator Greg Neise, Web Development eVeNts George Armistead, Coordinator BiRDeRs' exCHANGe Membership inquiries: 1618 W. Colorado Avenue, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 80904; 800-850- Liz Gordon, Logistics 2473. Annual membership dues are payable in U.S. currency: Individual, $45 (Canadian and for- PRoGRAMs eign, add $10); Student, $25 (Canadian and foreign, add $10); Household, $52 (Canadian and Bill Stewart, ABA Young Birders Robert Mortensen, Bird of the Year foreign, add $11); Supporter, $75; Corporate, $100; Sustaining, $150; Benefactor, $300; Leader, $500; Trailblazer, $1,000; Legacy, $2,500. ABA membership dues paid beyond the frst $25/year are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Birder's Guide (ISSN #1042-511X; USPS 003-289) is published quarterly by the American Birding Association, Inc., 1618 W. Colorado Avenue, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 80904. Periodicals postage paid at Colorado Springs and additional mailing offces. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Birder's Guide, 1618 W. Colorado Avenue, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 80904. Membership prices are as noted above. Copyright © 2013 by the American Birding Association, Inc. Printed by Publishers Press, Shepherdsville, Kentucky. All rights reserved. The views and opinions expressed in this magazine are those of each contributing writer and do not necessarily represent the views and opinions of the American Birding Association or its management. The ABA is not responsible for the quality of products or services advertised in Birder's Guide, except those products or services offered directly by the Association. Return postage guaranteed: Send undeliverable copies and POD Forms 3579 to 1618 W. Colorado Avenue, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 80904. For Canadian returns mail to WDS, Station A, P.O. Box 54, Windsor, Ontario, N9A 6J5. GST Registration No. R135943454. Canadian Publications Agreement No. 40033104. 2 Birder's Guide to Gear | December 2013 PuBLiCAtioNs Ted Floyd, Birding Michael L. P. Retter, Birder's Guide Edward S. Brinkley, North American Birds Ken Barron, Advertising Ed Rother, Design & Production VoLuNteeR seRViCes Liz Gordon, Volunteer Coordinator BLoG MANAGeRs Nathan Swick, The ABA Blog John Puschock, ABA Area Rare Birds Jennie Duberstein, The Eyrie PAst BoARD CHAiRs Dick Ashford (2009–2010) Tom Pincelli (2007–2009) Bettie R. Harriman (2006–2007) Richard H. Payne (1999–2006) Allan R. Keith (1997–1999) Daniel T. Williams, Jr. (1993–1997) Allan R. Keith (1989–1993) Lawrence G. Balch (1983–1989) Joseph W. Taylor (1979–1983) Arnold Small (1976–1979) G. Stuart Keith (1973–1976) G. Stuart Keith (1970 pro tem)

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