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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5 May 2015 | Birder's Guide to Conservation & Community John Alexander is the co-founder and Execu- tive Director of Klamath Bird Observatory and has been working to integrate bird conservation with natural resource management in the Pacifc Northwest since 1992. His focus is on applying bird conservation science as a tool for advan- cing ecosystem conservation. John participates with various initiatives and organizations, in- cluding Partners in Flight, North American Bird Conservation Initiative, and Avian Knowledge Network. He also serves as Courtesy Faculty at Oregon State University. Carl Bendorf encountered his spark bird at age 12 when he rigged a toy parabolic refector to a small reel-to-reel tape recorder and captured the song of an Eastern Bluebird near his home in small-town Iowa. Now retired from a career in non-proft management and development, Carl is past president of the Iowa Ornithologists' Union and was recently elected to a second term on the ABA Board of Directors, on which he serves as vice chair. In 2011, Carl founded Iowa Young Birders and currently serves as its volun- teer executive director. He and his wife, Linda, live on Wild Finch Farm—fve organic acres outside Iowa City with a bird list of 157 (so far). Brandon Breen is a freelance writer and a for- mer Outreach and Science Communicator for Klamath Bird Observatory living in Ashland, Oregon. He has worked on numerous avian re- search projects throughout the U.S. and abroad; his study species have included California and Andean condors and Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch. Brandon also studied Turkey Vultures in the Falkland Islands for his master's thesis in Con- servation Biology at the University of Minnesota. Casey Cardinal is a Private Lands Wildlife/Range Ecologist with Rocky Mountain Bird Observa- tory and the Natural Resources Conservation Service. Casey grew up on a small farm in Wis- consin and earned a bachelor's degree in Wild- life Ecology from the University of Wisconsin- Madison. She obtained a master's degree at Utah State University, studying Greater Sage-Grouse ecology and habitat use in southeastern Idaho and northeastern Utah. Casey currently works in southeastern Colorado, where she plans Lesser Prairie-Chicken Initiative projects and provides landowners with technical assistance regarding wildlife conservation. Harry Fuller is President of the Klamath Bird Ob- servatory Board of Directors and co-founder of Partnership for International Birding. An expe- rienced feld trip leader, he guides for Golden Gate Audubon, Pt. Reyes Field Seminars, and private clients. Harry is the author of Freeway Birding (about birding Interstate 5 from San Francisco to Seattle) and maintains a birding blog at atowhee.wordpress.com. David Lindo is a broadcaster, writer, speaker, and tour leader based in London who previ- ously served as Head of Membership at the Brit- ish Trust for Ornithology. He is the author of myriad articles in magazines such as the RSPB's Nature's Home, BBC Wildlife, and Bird Watching, the last of which publishes his popular monthly column focused on urban birding. At home, David is a regular television presenter and has been featured on the BBC, ITV, and Channel 4, as well as on CBS in the U.S. His extensive radio work ranges from regular slots on BBC Radio 4 to one-time interviews at various stations all over the world. David's frst book, The Urban Birder, was published in 2011, and his next book, Tales From Concrete Jungles, will be out this summer. Rue Mapp is the founder and CEO of Outdoor Afro, a social network that develops leadership and shares relevant resources, images, and sto- ries to help re-connect African-Americans to the natural world. She holds a BA from the Univer- sity of California at Berkeley and has received numerous national awards and recognition for her work in helping to lead thousands of all ages into nature each year. Greg Swick is an experienced outdoor educa- tor, leadership facilitator, and birder. He is Co- Director and Co-Founder of the Green Leader- ship Academy for Diverse Ecosystems (GLADE). His long-time work in environmental education explores the human role in ecological interac- tions and incorporates hands-on, experiential learning in grassroots leadership development. He is an active member of the Greater Ozarks Audubon Society and the American Birding As- sociation. In 2010, he was one of 40 nationwide recipients of a 2010 TogetherGreen Fellowship for outstanding conservation leaders. Noah Strycker is author of two books about birds (The Thing with Feathers, 2014, and Among Penguins, 2011) and works as an on-board natu- ralist for expedition cruises to the Arctic and Antarctic. An alumnus of the ABA's youth bird programs, he is currently on a quest to set a new worldwide big year record; you can check in on his progress at audubon.org/noah. About the Authors

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