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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Birder's Guide to Conservation & Community | May 2014 8 Jody Allair is an avid birder and natural- ist who enjoys sharing his enthusiasm for the natural world. As a Biologist and Sci- ence Educator at Bird Studies Canada, he conducts research on at-risk forest birds in southern Ontario and coordinates BSC's Bird Science and Environmental Educa- tion Program. He also leads birding trips for Eagle-Eye Tours. Liza Barney is a Bird Science and Environ- mental Educator at Bird Studies Canada. She engages youth through curriculum- linked education programs and connects people to the natural world through bird- focused citizen science. An avid natural- ist, she explores the amazing diversity of birds, plants, trees, fungi, butterfies, and dragonfies of Canada's unique Carolinian forests in southern Ontario. Angela Dwyer is a Wildlife Biologist and has been with Rocky Mountain Bird Obser- vatory since August 2012. She coordinates the Mountain Plover nesting program in Nebraska and enjoys working in the prairie landscape. She has a background in shore- bird ecology and has previously worked for the National Audubon Society in North Carolina and Colorado. She recently moved to Colorado with her husband and enjoys the beautiful mountains and birding opportunities Colorado has to offer. Jane Fitzgerald , an American Bird Conser- vancy employee, has served as the Coor- dinator of the Central Hardwoods Joint Venture, a regional partnership for bird conservation focused on the Central Hard- woods Bird Conservation Region, for more than 13 years. Prior to her work with the joint venture, Jane was the Midwest Coor- dinator for Partners in Flight. She holds an M.S. in Biology and a B.S. in Wildlife Con- servation and Management from Missouri State University, and she received a Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of Arkan- sas, Fayetteville. Steve Holzman has a B.S in Zoology from Southern Illinois University and a M.S. in Wildlife Biology from the University of Geor- gia. He has worked for the U.S. Fish and Wild- life Service for 23 years and is currently Presi- dent of the Georgia Ornithological Society. He has proudly called himself a birder since 1986 and just as proudly called himself a lister since about the same time. When not on conference calls, he likes to build bird houses, landscape his yard for birds, participate in bird counts on St. Catherine's Island, and brew beer. He lives in North High Shoals, Georgia. Brian Krohnke is a founding member of the Mindo Cloudforest Foundation and currently serves as its president. Originally from Minne- apolis, Minnesota, Brian has lived in Ecuador for the past 19 years. Over that time he has dedicated himself to habitat conservation and restoration, tree-planting for birds and carbon dioxide mitigation, birding, coffee-roasting, and coffee-farming—all while raising a bina- tional family. Keith McKnight serves as the Coordinator of the Lower Mississippi Valley Joint Venture, a partnership dedicated to the conservation of birds and their habitats in that region. Be- fore this, Keith worked with Ducks Unlim- ited, serving as Regional Biologist in Texas and New Mexico, Manager of Conservation Programs, and Director of Conservation Pro- grams at its national headquarters. Keith has a Ph.D. from Auburn University, where he studied the ecology of wintering American Coots and Gadwalls, and a B.S. and M.S. from Texas A&M. Darren Peterie is a wealth management bank- ing executive and has been involved with birding for 30 years. As its compiler, he es- tablished the Sonoma Valley Christmas Bird Count in 2005. Darren received the 2013 John Muir Conservation Award and the 2014 So- noma County Supervisor's Gold Award for his work in conservation. He is a co-founder of the Christmas Bird Count for Kids. About the Authors 0-Authors.indd 8 5/22/14 7:01 PM

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