Birder's Guide

MAR 2014

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 to Travel | March 2014 10 Diana Doyle is a licensed Coast Guard cap- tain and birds aboard her own boat from Maine (Atlantic Puffns) to The Bahamas (White-tailed Tropicbirds). She founded the "SeaBC", which encourages boaters to document their at-sea bird sightings . She's also "Tools of the Trade" columnist for ABA's Birding magazine. Ted Floyd is the Editor of Birding maga- zine, and he is broadly involved in other programs and initiatives of the ABA. He is the author of more than 100 magazine and journal articles, and has written four recent books, including the brand-new ABA Guide to Birds of Colorado. Floyd is a frequent speaker at birding festivals and state ornithological society meetings, and he has served on the boards of sev- eral nonproft organizations. Jason Leifester was 12 when a chance encounter with a slightly out-of-range Phainopepla sparked his interest in all things bird-related. A family move to the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas coupled with long summer road trips through the western United States with his patient parents cemented his love of birding and travel. Jason and his wife Nita live in a small town near Austin, Texas. Ann Nightingale is Co-President of Rocky Point Bird Observatory (RPBO) on Van- couver Island, Canada, and is a licensed passerine, hummingbird, and owl band- er. A former President of the Victoria Natural History Society, she leads bird- ing feld trips and coordinates the local Christmas Bird Count, which boasts more than 200 feld participants. She is a co-author of the recently published Nature Guide to the Victoria Region. In ad- dition to her "administrative birding" re- sponsibilities, Ann is a frequent guest on talk radio shows, felding spontaneous and sometimes bewildering questions on bird identifcation and behavior. Jim Richards is the retired Manager of the McLaughlin Bay Wildlife Reserve for General Motors of Canada Ltd., in Oshawa, Ontario. Also a bird photo tour leader, he spends as much time as he can birding and photographing birds in the Canadian Arctic. Jim is a co-author of Birds of Nunavut: A Checklist with Tony White. He is currently on contract with the territorial govern- ment of Nunavut to prepare an annotated check- list for all 28 of the territory's communities. Adam Riley has grown up with a lifelong inter- est in wildlife—an interest which evolved into a particular fascination with the birds of the world. Coming from a rural background in South Africa, he studied accounting and quali- fed as a CPA. However, Adam decided to pur- sue his passions and founded Rockjumper Bird- ing Tours in 1998. Since then, he has traveled extensively throughout the world, leading tours to numerous locations, ranging from Antarctica to Alaska, Angola to Guyana, and Bhutan to Papua New Guinea. Magill Weber has been a birder since childhood and eventually realized her dream (however brief- ly) of getting paid to watch birds as a bird bum and grad student, during which time she wrote her master's thesis on the spring stopover ecology of Blackpoll Warblers. She is the author of Door County Outdoors (University of Wisconsin Press), and her bird photos have appeared in numer- ous feld guides and magazines. Magill works as a lawyer and conservation consultant for Mayes Wilson & Associates, helping land trusts and landowners across the country protect land for birds and wildlife. She lives in Phoenix, Arizona. Sam Woods grew up in Surrey, southeast England. Since 2005, he has been working as a full-time guide for Tropical Birding Tours and Tandayapa Bird Lodge, and has been living in Quito, Ec- uador. He has guided tours throughout Ecua- dor and developed an intimate knowledge of its birds, and also guides in Australasia. Sam is a co-author of the recently-published Princeton guide, Wildlife of Australia. He is also working on future book projects for Princeton covering Central America and India. About the Authors 3-Authors.indd 10 3/4/14 12:47 PM

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