Birder's Guide

MAY 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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19 May 2015 | Birder's Guide to Conservation & Community having been established in 1908 by Presi- dent Theodore Roosevelt as the U.S.'s frst migratory waterfowl refuge. Second, Mountain Bird Festival attend- ees advance bird conservation by purchas- ing through registration a new and attrac- tive Mountain Bird Conservation Science Stamp, modeled after the Duck Stamp and designed by northern California art- The Federal Duck Stamp Program is con- sidered one of the most successful conser- vation programs of all time; proceeds from stamp sales are used to purchase or lease strategic wetland habitat for protection within the National Wildlife Refuge Sys- tem. More than 6 million acres of habitat have been preserved through this program over the last 80 years. The breeding birds of national wildlife ref- uges near Ashland will be among the attrac- tions of the 2015 Mountain Bird Festival. A few feld trips will cross the north-south running Cascades to visit the Upper and Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuges in the world-renowned Klamath Basin. There, visitors will attempt to glimpse the rushing courtship displays of Clark's and Western grebes while admiring other waterfowl and raptors. The Upper Refuge has received sup- port from Duck Stamp funds, whereas the Lower Refuge predates the stamp program, Adult male Evening Grosbeak. Photo © Dan Elster Adult Bald Eagle. Photo © George Peterson Staff from Klamath Bird Observatory get out of the offce for a monthly birding outing, in this case to an eBird hotspot and Mountain Bird Festival feld trip destination: Emigrant Lake. Photo © Karen Hussey

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