Birder's Guide

MAY 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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9 May 2014 | Birder's Guide to Conservation & Community Catherine Rideout serves as the Coordinator for the East Gulf Coastal Plain Joint Venture, a voluntary public–private partnership that seeks to protect and restore bird popula- tions in the region through a strategic ap- proach to conservation of longleaf pine and other priority habitats. Catherine previously served as the state ornithologist for the Ar- kansas Game and Fish Commission. Dur- ing this time, she worked extensively with migratory bird joint ventures, served as a co-chair of Southeast Partners in Flight, and developed and implemented habitat proj- ects and monitoring programs. Catherine received a B.S. in Biology from Davidson College and an M.S. in Biology from Boise State University. Tom Rusert is a consultant, retired computer executive, and lifelong birder. He was the 2011 recipient of the ABA's Ludlow Griscom Award for Outstanding Contributions in Re- gional Ornithology and received the 2013 Conservationists of the Year award from the John Muir Association. In 1996, Tom helped to establish the Highlands Plateau Audubon Chapter and the frst CBC in Highlands, North Carolina. He currently serves as Exec- utive Director of Sonoma Birding in Sonoma, California, and is a co-founder of the Christ- mas Bird Count for Kids. Noah Strycker , the Associate Editor of Birding magazine, lives an adventurous life of birds, at home in Oregon and around the world. He writes and lectures about the fascination of birds for a wide range of audiences. Noah is author of two books, published in 2011 and 2014, and works as an on-board naturalist for expedition cruises to the Arctic and Antarctic. Lili Taylor is an actor living in Brooklyn, NY. Some of her credits include the flms Mystic Pizza, Say Anything..., and I Shot Andy Warhol, and the TV series Six Feet Under and Almost Human (which is currently airing on FOX). She can now proudly add ABA Board member to her résumé. Photo © Christina von Messling After more than 20 years of general birding and hawk watching, Sheri L. Williamson 's life got hijacked by hummingbirds when she and her husband, Tom Wood, moved to Arizona as live-in managers of The Nature Conservancy's Ramsey Canyon Preserve. A quarter century later, Sheri is still obsessed with these prismatic pugilists. She feeds them year-round, main- tains dozens of hummingbird-pollinated plants in her garden, writes about them in her blog, and bands hundreds of them each year. She is currently working on a revision of her Peter- son Series hummingbird guide and is director of the Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory. 0-Authors.indd 9 5/22/14 7:01 PM

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