Birder's Guide

MAR 2015

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 Travel | March 2015 6 Jeffrey A. Gordon Delaware City, Delaware jgordon@aba.org s different as birds and humans are, wanderlust is something that many, many of us share. So it's unsur- prising that travel and birding combine uncommonly well. Not only will an appreciation of birds add zest and interest and dimension to your vacations and other trips, having birded in other areas will also spice up and inform the time you spend right around home. At the American Birding Association, we aspire to do the same. In all our programs and publications, online and off, we aim to share information and insights that will help you solve tricky identifcation problems, get you to the best birding places at the best times, and plug you into a community of birders who are passionate not only about getting the most out of birding today, but also in helping ensure that there is great birding for those who follow in our footsteps. Whether you're a longtime member of the ABA, or you've just happened upon this Birder's Guide to Travel by clicking a link that you saw in your wanderings online, we hope you'll fnd a lot to like—and a lot that you can use. We also hope you'll share your knowledge and passion for birding with others you meet, be they beginner or expert. And remember, all editions of the Birder's Guide series are available online, free, to all at aba.org/birdersguide. Please pass it on! Happy trails, wherever your birding takes you, Jeffrey A. Gordon President, American Birding Association ravel means different things to different people. For some birders, it's a day trip, driving a couple hours from their homes in the Detroit suburbs to Tawas Point for spring warbler migration. For a few, it's full-fedged globetrotting, and Taiwan Blue-Magpie is just one of the many extravagant birds on their bucket lists. They'll want to make sure they're fully prepared for such an expensive trip, to make sure they get the most out of it. Still other birders will fall somewhere in between, adding a few birds to their lifelists while they're visiting relatives in Nebraska. However you travel, I hope you will fnd something of use in this issue of Birder's Guide to Travel. Instead of "The 20 Best Birds of…" we've taken the idea and given it a twist this year: the 12 hardest birds of Middle America (and where to see them). Finally, the trusty Pelagic Directory brings up the rear, and should help you get your tubenose fx this year. Please let us know what was missing that you'd like to see in the next travel issue. Tell us what you liked, too, so that we can start planning to bring it back in next year's Birder's Guide to Travel. And we always appreciate hearing from folks who want to offer their own advice to the rest of the membership by penning an article. You can reach me at mretter@aba.org and via discussions linked to at aba.org/birdersguide. Happy travels! Michael L. P. Retter Editor, Birder's Guide From the President From the Editor Michael L. P. Retter Fort Worth, Texas mretter@aba.org A T

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