Birder's Guide

MAR 2016

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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22 Birder's Guide to Travel | March 2016 ewfoundland (along with Labrador) is the easternmost province in Canada. Af- fectionately known as "The Rock", it is a rugged island in the North Atlantic and, at 42,030 square miles (108,860 km²), is one of the largest islands in the world. Landscape and habitat vary greatly. From the limestone barrens of the Great Northern Peninsula to the thick boreal forests of the island's interior, and the tundra and sheer cliffs that face the raging Atlantic, Newfoundland is an amazing place to experience. It's no wonder that the National Geographic Society rated it atop the best coastal destinations in the world multiple times! N The historic city of St. John's, on Newfoundland's Avalon Peninsula, provides a great base for excellent birding all year long. Photo © Jared Clarke Newfoundland has a long and storied cultural history. Its people have been shaped by a harsh land and a ruthless sea. The island was inhab- ited by indigenous peoples dating back more than fve thousand years: the Dorset Eskimo, the Maritime Archaic Indians, and the Beothuck. Vi- kings visited the island a millennium ago, forg- ing their way into a new and exciting land. John Cabot arrived in 1497, and fshermen from many countries worked its waters and eked out a living for hundreds of years, establishing some of the earliest settlements in North America. Despite

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