Birder's Guide

DEC 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 Gear | November 2015 8 Kathi Borgmann has spent the last 20 years birding and studying birds throughout the Americas. She re- ceived her master's degree from Ohio State University, where she studied the effects of non-native plants on nesting success of songbirds. She received her Ph.D. from the Univer- sity of Arizona in 2010, where she studied factors that affect the risk of nest predation throughout the breed- ing season. Recently, Kathi and her partner, Josh Beck, embarked on an ambitious journey traveling and bird- ing throughout the Americas. They spent 14 months birding nearly every day from Baja to Panama. Kathi and Josh are currently continuing their expedition in South America. You can read about their adventures at birdsofpassage.wordpress.com. Diana Doyle travels 12 months a year aboard a catamaran aptly named "Semi-Local" and is the department editor for Birding's Tools of the Trade column. She's working on her "per- sonally found" list, trying to locate birds without land or sea tour groups, guides, or listserv stakeouts. One of her most recent birding highlights was fnding a Red-billed Tropicbird in the Gulf of Mexico off Key West. Elise Faike is a geologist and adven- ture travel planner who lives in Chal- lis, Idaho with her husband Dave and their new dog, a little blue heeler named Tater. She enjoys birding and watching wildlife all over Idaho, the U.S., and the world. Elise has fnally seen a wolf in Idaho but would still like one to pose for her there for a photograph. Bill Schmoker wrote the "Geared for Bird- ing" column in Winging It and is a fre- quent photo contributor to Birding and other ABA publications, in addition to a wide variety of books, magazines, and other media. He is an author on the ABA Blog and proud of his involvement with the ABA Young Birders; he is a Camp Colorado and Camp Avocet instructor and photo module judge for the Young Birder of the Year contest. A past presi- dent of Colorado Field Ornithologists, Bill is currently on that state's bird re- cords committee. He is pleased to be a member of the Leica Birding Team and is cranking along in his 24th year of teach- ing eighth grade. Tom Stephenson has been birding since he was a kid. His articles and photo- graphs are in museums and many publi- cations, including Birding, Bird Watcher's Digest, Handbook of the Birds of the World, Handbook of the Mammals of the World, and A Birdwatching Guide to South-east Brazil. He was on Zeiss's digiscoping team for the World Series of Birding; his team, co-led by Scott Whittle, won the Cape Island Cup in 2011 and set the U.S. record for a photo big day in 2014. Scott Whittle has 20 years of experience as a professional photographer and educa- tor in New York City and Cape May, New Jersey. His B.A. in literature from North- western and M.F.A. in photography from the School of Visual Arts refect his pas- sions for writing and photography. Scott's love of travel has taken him to over 30 countries and 46 states. He is a one-time Big Year record holder in New York State, his team holds the current U.S. Photo Big Day record, and he co-authored The War- bler Guide with Tom Stephenson. About the Authors

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