Birder's Guide

MAY 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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National Wildlife Refuges 28 Birder's Guide to Conservation & Community | May 2016 of waders at J.N. "Ding" Darling NWR in Florida. At Kilauea Point NWR in Hawaii, one can stand on solid land in the shadow of a historic lighthouse and, within a matter of minutes, observe Laysan Albatross, Red- tailed Tropicbird, White-tailed Tropicbird, Red-footed Booby, and Great Frigatebird. Surely the iconic blue goose symbol of the National Wildlife Refuge System is well-known to birders. Perhaps less well- known is the fact that the system and its supporting nonproft organizations pro- vide birders with numerous opportunities to make a meaningful impact on conserva- tion and education. Indeed, volunteers are a critical part of the refuge system and are actively encouraged by the FWS. A sub- stantial amount of volunteer work is done under the auspices of "Friends" groups, nonproft organizations that are dedicated n Like a number of other refuges, Balcones Canyonlands NWR in Texas was established in part to preserve a particular bird species —in this case, Golden-cheeked Warbler. Photo © Jason A. Crotty n Volunteers count Laysan Albatross nests at Midway Atoll NWR in the Pacific Ocean. Photo © U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

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