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 8 Kirby Adams is an avid and full-time bird- er living "between the lakes" in Lansing, Michigan. He is the birding columnist for the travel blog "National Parks Traveler" and guest feature writer in 2014 for Michigan Audubon Society's Jack Pine Warbler. Kirby started birding way too late in life but is making up for lost time and paying his dues. He fancies himself a revolutionary for "holistic birding", re- membering always that birds are an in- separable part of a greater ecosystem. Keith Barnes was born in South Africa and spent the better part of 30 years traipsing the length and breadth of Africa's wilderness areas in search of birds and other critters. He contributed to several scientifc papers, books, and articles along the way. However, his work as an owner and tour leader for Tropical Birding, an international bird tour opera- tor, led him to delve into the avian de- lights of the Orient, where it was easy to fall in love with the exotic pheasants and pittas. In 2010, Keith and his family re- located to Taiwan, which is now his base for Asian wanderings. When not bird - ing, Keith loves snorkeling and diving in the Pacifc Ocean, as well as practicing his Mandarin on the patient and polite peoples of the Far East. Josh Beck is currently in northern South America as part of a multiyear New World birding expedition with his part- ner, ornithologist Kathi Borgmann. In addition to looking for the rarest spe- cies, they are recording for Cornell Lab of Ornithology's Macaulay Library, vol- unteering for conservation organizations and projects, and attempting to draw at - tention to conservation issues and new birding locations. Josh and Kathi are documenting their birding travel on their blog, with hundreds of birding sites al- ready detailed from Mexico to Colombia, at birdsofpassage.wordpress.com. Dana Duxbury-Fox has been fascinated by birds all her life. She joined a lo- cal bird club and the Massachusetts Audubon Society by the age of 12. After graduating from Cornell University, she was off to teach biology in one of India's Rural Institutes. For more than 20 years, she and her husband, Robert Fox, have traveled the world, follow- ing their fascination for birds. Dana is active with the Loon Preservation Committee in New Hampshire, and she assisted her husband and Allan Keith with their recent book, The Birds of New Hampshire. Daniel Lebbin is a lifelong birder with a special passion for tropical birds and their conservation. As the Director of International Programs at the American Bird Conservancy, he works with the ABC's partners in Latin America to re- duce threats and establish, expand, and manage nature reserves for the most threatened birds. He is the lead author of the ABC's Guide to Bird Conservation, and his illustrations are featured in the forthcoming Birds of Bolivia feld guide. Daniel received a Ph.D. from Cornell University, where he researched habi- tat specialization among Amazonian birds in Peru. Rick Wright is the Book Review Editor of Birding and The ABA Blog. Earlier this century, he served as Editor of Winging It; he also coordinated the feld trip program for the ABA's 2009 conference in Xalapa, Mexico. Rick leads Birds and Art tours in North America and Europe, and is a frequent and sought-after lecturer and feld trip leader at festivals and other bird- ing events. He lives in northern New Jersey with his wife, Alison Beringer, and their chocolate lab, Gellert. You can read about their adventures at Rick's blog, "Birding New Jersey". About the Authors

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