Birder's Guide

DEC 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 Gear | December 2014 10 Ray Arnaudo is a retired U.S. Department of State offcial with more than 30 years of ex- perience in international environmental and science policy. He is a Senior Scholar at the American Association for the Advancement of Science. From 2009–2013, he served on Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's Policy Planning Staff; before that, he headed the U.S. Antarctic Treaty Secretariat. He was the Senior Advisor for nuclear energy and multilateral nuclear nonproliferation with the U.S. Department of Energy at the U.S. Em- bassy in Moscow from 2006–2008, and di - rected the U.S. Department of State Offce of Oceans and Polar Affairs. He has also been the Science and Environment Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in London. But Ray has been a birder for longer than that and has watched birds on all seven continents. He is a native San Franciscan, currently residing in Falls Church, Virginia. Amar Ayyash lives in Frankfort, Illinois, where he teaches math for a living. Most of his time in the feld is spent watching and photographing gulls. His fascination with this family of birds has resulted in the most well-known gull web- site in North America, Amar serves on the Board of Directors of the Illinois Ornithological Society and coordinates its annual Gull Frolic. Sheridan Coffey identifed her frst bird, a Red- winged Blackbird, at the age of eight in the feld behind her house in rural Pennsylvania. Now living in San Antonio, Texas, she works as a corporate travel consultant. She is a mem- ber of the San Antonio Audubon Society Bird Records Committee and has led numerous feld trips for San Antonio Audubon and other organizations. Sheridan has been on numer- ous trips to Middle and South America, during which she photographed birds, butterfies, and anything else that moved. Her second passion is knitting. She has combined her interests by designing bird-themed sweaters and hats. Ashli Gorbet is a wildlife biologist and orni- thologist based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She leads birding tours for BRANT (Birding Research And Nature Tours) and serves as the Secretary of the New Mexico Ornithological Society. She is a licensed bird bander with Rio Grande Bird Research and is the project leader for her signifcant study on the breeding bi- ology of Black-throated Gray Warblers. On any given day, Ashli may be found rescuing rattlesnakes, counting butterfies, monitoring Gunnison's Prairie-dog colonies, or conduct- ing bird surveys. All the while, she works tirelessly to share her passion for nature with others. Anita Guris has been birding for 27 years. She resides in Green Lane, Pennsylvania with her spouse of 24 years, Paul. Anita is a lifetime member and fellow of the Delaware Valley Ornithological Club, where she is Scholarship Chairperson for the annual Adam J. Sabatine Memorial Scholarship Award. She also serves on several other Club committees. Anita en- joys photography, design, travel, and sharing her passion for birds with beginners, in spite of her having the debilitating conditions of mixed connective tissue disease and systemic lupus erythematosus. Oscar Johnson Villaseñor is a lifelong birder, originally from southern California. He has spent much of his life traveling and birding in the ABA Area, Central America, and his other native country, Mexico. He recently started a Ph.D. program at Louisiana State University, where his area of concentration is on South American birds. Stephan Lorenz caught the travel bug frst and later developed chronic birding fever. Fortu- nately, they go hand in hand. While traveling and birding on six continents and schlepping too much gear on initial trips, he learned to pare things down to the minimum. He has been fortunate to work as a guide in Alaska, Texas, Costa Rica, and Brazil. His writing and photos have appeared in several publications. He leads tours for High Lonesome BirdTours. In his other life, Stephan teaches biology at San Jacinto College in Houston, Texas, where, along with his wife Claudia, he takes breaks from international travel. Ron Ridout 's birding career spans more than fve decades, including work at Bird Studies Canada for the past 22 years. He is the found - ing President of Ontario Field Ornithologists and worked as the Ontario Region Editor of American Birds/Field Notes from 1992–1998. He is the author of A Birding Guide to the Long Point Area. Ron currently serves on the Ontario Bird Records Committee. About the Authors

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