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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View of a wetland and the Serra do Mar at Guapi Assu Bird Lodge in Brazil's Atlantic Rainforest. Photo © Nita Leifester 60 Birder's Guide to Travel | March 2014 impressive list while taking some great trips, then read Keith's article and treat it as the gospel truth. I've met Keith, and I follow him on Facebook. The man knows world birding. In more personal terms, I think bird- ing—like any hobby—should be about the joy it brings to your life. If that means trying to see as many species as you possibly can, then more power to you. If you fnd the idea of all this in- ternational travel and tour groups and listing distasteful, and would rather fo- cus your efforts on carbon-neutral bike rides to your local birding patch, that's great. I have international wanderlust, and as long as I'm able, I plan to keep traveling. You never know what may happen in life or what the political sit- uation may be in some country you'd like to visit or how climate change and habitat destruction may affect bird populations. So my suggestion is sim- ple: Visit your "most wanted" place on your next trip. Treat it like it's your last trip, and enjoy every minute of it. Favorite Birding Moment ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Brazil: Working hard to fnd a Southern Antpipit that was slowly walking across the forest foor as it occasionally sang its loud, shrill song. Swallow-tailed Hummingbird in Brazil. Photo © Jason Leifester Photo © Nick Athanas 8-Dabbler.indd 60 3/4/14 1:19 PM

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