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 6 Jeffrey A. Gordon Colorado Springs, Colorado jgordon@aba.org elcome to a brand new year of Birder's Guides! We are thrilled to see the over- whelmingly positive response to the Birder's Guide series. The three issues we published in 2013 (Travel; Listing & Taxonomy; Gear) did much of what we hoped they would and, in many cases, more. In 2014, you'll see those three topics again: Travel in winter, Listing & Taxonomy in summer, and Gear in fall. We think all three subject areas have lots of life in them. We're also introducing a fourth topic this spring. Birder's Guide to Conservation & Community will showcase the myriad things that birders and feld ornithologists are doing to help secure the future of the birds and the places that we so love. Some of the material will be focused on conservation sci- ence and the discoveries we are making by using new research techniques. But science alone doesn't tell the whole story of the legacy that birders are building and the leadership we provide. So we'll also shine a light on the ways in which birders are growing and strengthening the birding community, reaching out to a bigger and more diverse audience and making real progress on the ABA's mis- sion of inspiring all people to enjoy and protect wild birds. In short, expect a compelling, clear-eyed, and upbeat look at the ground we're gaining and resources to help us all gain more. Will these four annual Birder's Guide themes then repeat ad infnitum? That depends very much on you. As I said, we've chosen them because we believe they are rich and will reward repeated coverage. But we certainly don't rule out introducing a new theme or resting an established one. So do let us know what you are fnd- ing useful and worthwhile as well as other topics you think would be good for the Birder's Guide treatment. For now, sit back and enjoy a bit of armchair travel. Spring and summer will be here and gone soon enough. Winter is a great time to dream of warmer, longer, bird-flled days in locales both familiar and new. Wherever your birding travels may take you, I hope you'll come away refreshed and enthused, with renewed dedication to exploring and sharing the wonders of birding. Happy trails, Jeffrey A. Gordon President, American Birding Association From the President W 2-Letters.indd 6 3/4/14 12:45 PM

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