Birder's Guide

OCT 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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Un Año Grande en Guatemala 18 Birder's Guide to Listing & Taxonomy | October 2014 bird conservation. We need to develop a passion for birds, an ethic for conser- vation, and an open-source approach to sharing what we are learning about birds. Birding—especially in conjunction with eBird—can help make that happen in Guatemala. For me, 2014 is all about get- ting out there and seeing birds. For sci- ence, for conservation, for Guatemala, and for fun. cally rich country with amazing natural re- sources for birds and birding. But it is also a developing country and changing quick- ly. Will Guatemala be able to develop eco- nomically without wrecking its ecology? I believe that birders can help Guatemala. Having more birders can help Guatemala become more environmentally aware. As of July 2014, I had encountered 623 species this year within Guatemala. I am trying to do what I can in Guatemala for Continued from page 16 cally, in chronologic and taxonomic or- ders. A little blue dot shows up on a map of Guatemala for every checklist location I have submitted to eBird in 2014. My photos update automatically, too, from my Tumblr page. There is also a page that connects the birds I see in 2014 to a huge reforestation project in Guatemala. Birding in Guatemala is in its infancy, but it is growing. Guatemala is a biologi- Left: Fulvous Owl. One of the most memorable experiences of the year was getting a glimpse of this regionally endemic cloudforest species. Photo © John Cahill Right: The author looking for American Dippers at Posada del Quetzal with his good friend Germán Velásquez. Photo © John Cahill Cerro de los Cuervos in the Sierra de los Cuchumatanes is one of the best places to see Goldman's Warbler (inset), currently considered a very local resident subspecies of Yellow-rumped Warbler. Photos © John Cahill

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