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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45 May 2016 | Birder's Guide to Conservation & Community ing the children of our world to love, respect, and protect nature. What bet - ter way to do that than through our love of birds? Network with younger bird- ers, and share your passion with them. Just as birds build a nest near suitable foraging habitat, our surroundings are important to us, too. In the same way a bird broods and fedges its chicks, we must nurture and mentor today's youth to become responsible environmen - tal citizens who will soon be making choices about the fu- ture of our na- tural spaces. wiggling its yellow feet, actively baiting its prey, or Purple Martin parents bring- ing insects to their young at a local park. Remember that everything is fair game while in nature. Take advantage of what- ever cool plants or other animals you hap- pen upon on your adventure. Young birders and nature lovers—like my pal, Aidan, and all the teens in atten- dance at ABA's young birder camps—are the future of conservation. One must know something to love it, and one must love something to protect it. We are all responsible for lending a hand and teach - n Sandhill Cranes over Whitewater Draw Wildlife Area, Arizona. Sandhill Crane was the author's spark bird at age 12. Photo © Tiffany Kersten

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