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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About the Authors Erik Bruhnke has had a love for birds since he was a child. Since graduating from Northland College with a Natural Resources degree in 2008, Erik has worked every fall as an interpretive naturalist at Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory in Duluth, Minnesota, where he also assists with the spring raptor count. A board member of the Duluth Audubon Society, Erik has spoken and led feld trips at birding festivals across the U.S. His wildlife photos have won several national photography contests. Erik resides in Duluth, where he offers birding tours and bird identifcation workshops year-round through his business, Naturally Avian. Although he is fascinated by all birds, Erik is a devoted raptor and gull nerd. Sherrie Duris, known to many as "Bird Girl", is an avid birder and nature photographer in northwest Ohio. She serves as Vice President of the Toledo Naturalists' Association and is one of Ohio's top county listers. She volunteers for Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge as a bird guide and shorebird surveyor. Sherrie also guides feld trips for the Ohio Ornithological Society and the Midwest Birding Symposium. A former restoration ecologist, Ben Lizdas frst fell in love with birds and birding while doing vegetation studies on the prairies and oak savannahs of southern Wisconsin.  He's been an avid birder for 15 years and continues to pursue this interest through his travels to birding and nature festivals across the country. Having witnessed and appreciated much of the avian diversity of North America while on the road, he still maintains a fondness for those grassland birds that frst piqued his interest a decade and a half ago. Ben is currently the sales manager of Eagle Optics, an optics specialty store which caters to birdwatchers.  Derek Lovitch lives in Maine, where he and his wife own and operate the independent Freeport Wild Bird Supply, a retail store that caters to birders of all levels. Derek serves on his town's Conservation Commission and works as a consultant for bird surveys and habitat restoration projects. Derek also guides locally and as a Senior Leader for WINGS. His frst book, How to Be a Better Birder, was published by Princeton University Press in 2012, and he was Birding's "Tools of the Trade" Department Editor from 2005–2010. 8 Birder's Guide to Gear | December 2013 Since 1997, Sharon Stiteler has successfully made it her goal to get paid to go birding. In 2004, she founded the popular blog Birdchick.com. She travels the world as a feld trip leader, birding consultant, humorous keynote speaker, bird surveyor, and writer. She wrote the books Disapproving Rabbits, City Birds/Country Birds, and 1001 Secrets Every Birder Should Know; is #32 in the Geek A Week Trading Card set; and works part-time as a National Park Service ranger. She appears regularly on Outdoor News Radio and All Things Considered and has been on NBC Nightly News answering bird questions. When she's not digiscoping or performing improv, she's a blue ribbon beekeeper. You can fnd her on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Google+ as "Birdchick". Sophie Webb is one of the judges for the illustration module of the ABA's Young Birder of the Year contest. A biologist, author, and artist living in northern California, she co-authored and illustrated  A Guide to the Birds of Mexico and Northern Central America with Steve Howell and continues to work on plates for a variety of Neotropical bird guides, including the recent Field Guide to the Marine Mammals of the Pacifc Coast. While working in the Antarctic and at sea on research vessels, she started writing and illustrating children's books. Sophie serves as a director of Oikonos: Ecosystem Knowledge, is a research associate of Point Blue Conservation Science, and is an occasional employee of  NOAA's Southwest Fisheries Science Center. Passionate about birds, birding, and birders—but not necessarily in that order— Rick Wright is the Book Review Editor at Birding and The ABA Blog. Earlier this century, he served as Editor of the Sources department at Birding and as Editor of Winging It; he also coordinated the feld trip program for the the ABA's 2009 conference in Xalapa, Mexico. Rick is a Senior Leader at WINGS, conducting tours in North America and Europe, and is a frequent and sought-after lecturer and feld trip leader at festivals and other birding events. He lives in Bloomfeld, New Jersey, with his wife, Alison Beringer, and their chocolate lab, Gellert. You can read about their adventures at Rick's blog, Birding New Jersey.

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