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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3 May 2015 | Birder's Guide to Conservation & Community Jeffrey A. Gordon Delaware City, Delaware ate in 2014, the ABA conducted a survey. One result was especially striking to me: 43% of current ABA members chose "fnding effective ways to promote or support bird conservation" as one of the top three challenges they face as birders—second only to bird identifcation. And while I was struck by our members placing such a heavy emphasis on conservation, I can't say that I was surprised by it. The vast majority of birders I know are extremely conscientious, forward-looking people. If anything, they are looking to make more of a contribution to conservation, not less. My anecdotal experience was recently affrmed by a recent study by Dr. Caren Cooper et al. in the Journal of Wildlife Management. It found that birdwatchers are almost fve times as likely to support and participate in conservation as the general populace, outpacing even hunters, who were about four times more likely to do and support conservation work. Yet, many of us feel frustrated, even a little helpless, when confronting the enormities of climate change and other large- scale environmental problems that birds face. We at the ABA want to do everything we can to help, to inspire, and to support birders in building a better future. This Birder's Guide to Conservation & Community is designed to do just that. In it, you'll fnd stories to make you cheer, sto- ries to make you think from new perspectives, and stories that will inspire you to get out there and contribute. Here's to continuing and expanding on the many ways that the ABA community is making positive difference! Good birding, Jeffrey A. Gordon President, American Birding Association elcome to the second annual issue of Birder's Guide to Conservation & Community. Our goal is to highlight the efforts being made by birders in the realms of habitat conservation and environ- mental education, both of which lead to healthier bird populations. "Conservation Milestones" (see p. 6) got a resoundingly positive response last year, so we're happy to bring it back in 2015. It high- lights the real accomplishments of birders like you. Consider nominating someone you know—or even yourself—for profling in next year's edition! As always, let us know what you did and didn't like in this issue, so that we may start planning future issues that better suit your needs. If there's a topic missing that you feel deserves coverage, please let us know. Even better, consider writing about it yourself for the next issue! Finally, please consider sharing this issue with others. It's as easy as send- ing them this link, where they may see the entire issue online, and for free: Now let's get out there and do even more for bird conservation! Michael L. P. Retter Editor, Birder's Guide From the President From the Editor Michael L. P. Retter Fort Worth, Texas L W

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