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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American Birding Association State Field Guide Series i a t i o n Your Gift to the ABA is Important ! Dear ABA friends, The American Birding Association is thriving–thanks to your participation and support! I'm writing today for two reasons. First, to thank you for your support of the American Birding Association through your membership, your active participation, and your fnancial support. Second, to ask that you consider a generous year-end gift to our annual appeal to help the ABA continue its work to inspire all people to enjoy and protect wild birds. This has been a big year indeed for the ABA birding community. Birding magazine continues as the premier resource for birders, and our new Birder's Guide series has focused attention on popular and useful topics, including travel, gear, listing and taxonomy, as well as the many ways ABA members contribute to conservation and help build the birding community. The growth in our online resources con- tinues to astound, with tens of thousands of unique monthly users for Birding News, the ABA Blog and the ABA Rare Bird Alert. Our young birder camps have enjoyed universally admired successes. A major new feld guide series has been launched with Colorado, New Jersey, and Florida with more titles coming soon. In addition, the ABA has advanced the cause of bird conservation initiatives in the National Wildlife Refuge System by offering the 2014-2015 Federal Duck Stamp through our website. Just as important are recent initiatives by our Checklist and Recording Standards & Ethics committees and by the ABA Awards program. The hard- working committees have refned and provided guidance for how to bird "the ABA Way"–and have added more species to the ABA list! And a new Betty Petersen Award recognizes major contributions to bird conservation and the birding community. Your year-end gift will help the ABA birding community continue to grow these and other programs, as well as support the development of new innovations that will secure both the legacy and future of birding. I wish you a joyous and bright holiday season and a happy and prosperous New Year. And I hope that birding and belonging to the ABA community continue to bring meaning and excitement to you all the year through. Good birding, Jeffrey A. Gordon, President American Birding Association PS: Your year-end gift, right now, will make a vital difference in keeping your ABA strong and effective throughout the New Year. Thank you for your support! A special thank you... As a special thank you, we are offering beautiful prints of our ABA 2014 Bird of the Year, the Rufous Hummingbird, by John Sill, a leading bird artist and longtime ABA member and contributor. Those donating $100 or more will receive an 8 1/2" x 11" print; gifts of $250 or more will qualify for an 11" x 14" print, hand-signed by the artist. PleASe ReSPOND TODAY WITh YOuR G eNeROuS GIFT! Phone: Website: Mail: 800-850-BIRD I F T ! P.O. Box 3070 Colorado Springs, CO 80934

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