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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8 Birder's Guide to Travel | March 2016 Jeffrey A. Gordon Delaware City, Delaware jgordon@aba.org m writing to you from Gate C102 at Newark International Airport. My wife, Liz, and I are about to board a plane to New Dehli, where we will join a wonderful group of 65 American Birding Association members and staff for our ABA India Safari. Over the next two weeks, we will share some of the most exciting bird - ing and wildlife observation to be had anywhere on Earth. You can imagine I'm pretty pumped about all of this. Of course, most birding travel isn't on such a grand scale, and it needn't be. Many of my most treasured memo - ries are of trips that didn't involve grand outings, wholly unfamiliar birds, and exciting new cultures. Many are of explorations barely beyond my doorstep, often in cars of questionable road-worthiness, and with planning that seldom rose above the level of "Hey, that looks like a cool spot—let's check it out!" In this Birder's Guide to Travel, we aim to give you useful, helpful insights into the how, when, where, why, and with whom of birding travel around the globe and around the block. We hope to inspire you to get out into new places both nearby and far-fung. Birding is a wonderful way of coming to know and understand and love the world and the places and people and other living things that compri se it. So here's to birding, to travel, and to traveling birders! I hope that our paths cross soon. Bon voyage, Jeffrey A. Gordon President, American Birding Association irder's Guide strives to offer you helpful, practical information to enhance your future birding endeavors. It's one of many services the ABA offers to the birding public free of charge. Looking for a new vacation destination? Articles on Newfoundland and western Texas are sure to whet your appetite. Or maybe you're in Seattle for a wedding or a long layover and have only a few hours to steal away for some birding? We've got you covered there, too. Our popular "20 Best Birds" series is back, this time highlighting birds such as the exquisite Splendid Fairywren—almost sure to entice you to travel down under. Advice on how to prepare for a trip to the Neotropics will help you make the most of the experience. And as always, our Pelagic Directory brings up the rear. No matter what your interests or your time and ability to travel, I hope that you fnd something useful in this issue. If you didn't, please let us know what you'd like to see next time. Be sure to tell us what you liked, too, so that we can start planning next year's Birder's Guide to Travel. We always love to hear from folks who want to offer their own advice in the form of an article. Indeed, we depend on our members' contributions to make future issues a reality. You can reach me at mretter@aba.org or via discussions linked to at aba. org/birdersguide. Happy travels! Michael L. P. Retter Editor, Birder's Guide From the President From the Editor B Michael L. P. Retter Fort Worth, Texas mretter@aba.org I '

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