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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Birder's Guide to Listing & Taxonomy | October 2014 8 Nicholas Block is the Secretary of the ABA Recording Standards and Ethics Committee. He began birding at age 13 and participated in the frst ABA Young Birders' Conferences. His birding travels in Mexico sparked an in- terest in avian phylogeography, which even- tually led to a Ph.D. in Evolutionary Biology from the University of Chicago. His disserta- tion research at The Field Museum focused on the evolution and phylogeography of the Bernieridae, a passerine family endemic to Madagascar. He currently is a frst-year As- sistant Professor at Stonehill College. John Cahill moved from Pennsylvania to Gua- temala at the age of fve and has been birding in Guatemala ever since. He currently holds the big year record for Guatemala (623 and counting). At the age of 14, John participated in a young birders' event held at Cornell Lab of Ornithology. John is a hardcore birder who has been birding like a lunatic for the past four years. Barbara L. Carlson is a full-time chiropractor and thus, unfortunately, only a "part-time" birder. Her 2013 San Diego County big year quest was inspired by her desire to top her somewhat less intense 2007 effort. With a little help from her friends and her loyal dog, Roxie, Barbara set a new record for herself, for the county, and for all counties in the ABA Area. Morgan Churchill began birding 10 years ago after being inspired by a Michigan State University study abroad program held in Ke- nya's Masai Mara Game Reserve. His major research interests are the evolution and pa- leoecology of marine mammals, and he has published papers on the systematics of right whales, the taxonomy of seals and sea lions, and the ecology of fossil walruses. Morgan lives in Laramie, Wyoming, where he recent- ly earned a Ph.D. in ecology. Paul Hess is "News and Notes" Department Editor for Birding magazine. He started watching birds at age seven in Los Angeles. Now a retired newspaper editor in Pennsyl- vania, he formerly chaired the Pennsylvania Ornithological Records Committee, has con- tributed many articles to Pennsylvania Birds, writes an ornithological news column for the Pennsylvania Society for Ornithology news- letter, edits the Three Rivers Birding Club newsletter in Pittsburgh, and has coauthored several National Geographic books on birds. Paul has received awards for outstanding contributions to Pennsylvania ornithology and for bird conservation efforts in the state. Michael L. P. Retter is the Editor of Birder's Guide magazine. A former full-time birding tour leader, Michael has traveled extensively in the Americas (from Alaska to Ecuador), and he still leads private tours (especially to Middle America) part-time. When at home, Michael now spends most of his time writing a feld guide to the birds of Mexico, Guatema- la, and Belize. He is the Chair of the Indiana Bird Records Committee and volunteers as an eBird reviewer for Illinois and Indiana. Mi- chael lives in Fort Worth, Texas, with his f- ancé, two indoor cats, and about 150 orchids. Tom Stephenson has been birding since he was a kid. His articles and photographs are in museums and many publications, including Birding, BirdWatcher's Digest, Handbook of the Birds, Handbook of the Mammals of the World, and Guide to the Birds of Southeast Brazil. He was on Zeiss's digiscoping team for the World Series of Birding; his team, co-led by Scott Whittle, won the Cape Island Cup in 2011 and set the U.S. record for a photo big day in 2014. Scott Whittle has 20 years of experience as a professional photographer and educator. He has an M.F.A. in Photography from the School of Visual Arts, is a fellow of the MacDowell Colony, and has held the New York state big year record. Scott coauthored Princeton Uni- versity Press's The Warbler Guide with Tom Stephenson. He lives in Cape May, New Jer- sey, where he leads workshops and pursues his passion for birds and photography. About the Authors

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