Birder's Guide

OCT 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 October 2015 | Birder's Guide to Listing & Taxonomy Dorian Anderson started birding around Philadelphia at age 7. He ma- jored in molecular and cellular biology at Stanford University before completing a PhD in developmental genetics at New York University. He recently left a post- doctoral position at Massachusetts Gen- eral Hospital to pursue his bicycle Big Year project, "Biking for Birds". During this year, he biked 17,830 miles around the U.S. and recorded 617 bird species. Bird photography is currently his main obsession, and he runs a birding blog, "The Speckled Hatchback", at thespeck- ledhatchback.blogspot.com. Nicholas Block is the Secretary of the ABA Recording Standards and Ethics Committee and an Assistant Professor of Biology at Stonehill College in Mas- sachusetts. He began birding at age 13 and participated in the frst ABA Young Birders' Conferences. His birding travels in Mexico sparked an interest in avian phylogeography, which eventually led to a PhD in Evolutionary Biology from the University of Chicago. His dissertation research at The Field Museum focused on the evolution and phylogeography of the Bernieridae (a.k.a. Malagasy warblers), a passerine family endemic to Madagascar. Sheridan Coffey identifed her frst bird, a Red-winged Blackbird, at the age of eight, in the feld behind her rural Pennsylvania home. Now living in San Antonio, Texas, she works as a corporate travel consultant. Sheridan is a member of the San Antonio Audubon Society Bird Records Committee and has led numerous feld trips for San Antonio Audubon and other organizations. She has been on numerous trips to Middle and South America, during which she photographed birds, butterfies, and anything else that moved. Her second passion is knitting, and she has com- bined her interests by designing bird- themed sweaters and hats. Ann Haverstock is a retired teacher who now travels the world birding. Raised in Chicago, she has taught in general classroom settings in Illinois and Virginia, as well as at The Morton Ar- boretum, where she taught feld natural history from 1989 to 2002. Ann has vol- unteered for The Nature Conservancy in Illinois (conducting grassland bird sur- veys at Nachusa Grasslands, 1990–2012) and for the Bird Conservation Network, for which she served in various positions over the past few years. She currently lives in Geneva, Illinois. Michael L. P. Retter is the editor of Birder's Guide magazine. A former full- time birding tour leader, Michael has traveled extensively in the northern half of the Americas (from Alaska to Ecua- dor), and he still leads tours (especially to Middle America) part-time. When at home, Michael now spends most of his time writing a feld guide to the birds of Mexico, Guatemala, and Belize. He serves on the Indiana Bird Records Committee and volunteers as an eBird reviewer for Illinois and Indiana. Michael currently lives and gardens in Fort Worth, Texas. He recently returned home from Chi- apas, where he organized and led trips trips at the biannual meeting of GBNA, North America's informal club of LGBT birders and their allies. About the Authors

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