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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11 December 2014 | Birder's Guide to Gear Jennifer Rycenga is a member of the Sequoia Audubon Society board in San Mateo County, California, where she promotes citizen-science initiatives: Bio-Blitzes, iNaturalist, and eBird. She edits the online "San Mateo County Birding Guide". When not birding, Jennifer teaches at San José State University in the Humanities Department; this year, while on sabbatical, she is completing a cultural biography of white abo- litionist Prudence Crandall. She lives with her wife and birding companion, Peggy Macres. Bill Schmoker wrote the "Geared for Birding" col- umn in Winging It and is a frequent photo con- tributor to Birding and other ABA publications, in addition to a wide variety of books, magazines, and other media. He is an author on the ABA Blog and proud of his involvement with the ABA Young Birders program; he is a Camp Colorado and Camp Avocet instructor and photo module judge for the Young Birder of the Year contest. Bill is a past president of Colorado Field Orni- thologists and currently on that state's bird re- cords committee. He is pleased to be a member of the Leica Birding Team and is cranking along in his 24th year of teaching eighth grade. Since 1997, Sharon Stiteler has achieved her goal to get paid to go birding. In 2004, she founded the popular blog, Birdchick ( She travels the world as a feld trip leader, birding consultant, humorous keynote speaker, bird sur- veyor, and writer. She wrote the books Disapproving Rabbits, City Birds Country Birds, and 1001 Secrets Ev- ery Birder Should Know; is #32 in the "Geek A Week" trading card set; and works part time as a National Park Service ranger. She contributes regularly to "Outdoor News Radio" and "All Things Consid- ered", and has appeared on "NBC Nightly News" answering bird questions. When she's not digis- coping or performing improv, she's a blue ribbon beekeeper. You can fnd her on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Google+ as "Birdchick". Alex Wang grew up in Tacoma, Washington, but his passion for avian conservation led him to Hawaii, where the need is great. He is a graduate student at the University of Hawaii at Hilo and has nearly completed a master's degree studying the move- ments of the endangered 'A - kohekohe (Palmeria dolei) using radio telemetry. Alex is nerdy enough that he enjoys leafng through feld guides of plac- es he may never visit just to see what's out there.

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