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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Birder's Guide to Conservation & Community | May 2016 6 Shanin Abreu is a self-proclaimed free spirit and registered nurse who has been birding for only a few years. She is a single mom who stays busy keeping up with a 5-year- year-old, travel, photography, and a birder-boyfriend. She is interested in butterfies, native plants, and insects, es - pecially odonates. With interests in political, social, and environmental issues, she loses sleep at night in central Illinois dreaming of ways to bring our world together. Elsa Alvear Rodríguez started birding in her thirties, and she loves traveling internationally to see new birds. She worked as a wetland restoration feld biologist before re - ceiving her master's degree in biology. Her thesis was on Roseate Spoonbills and water management in Florida Bay. Elsa manages the natural and cultural resources of Biscayne National Park in Florida for the U.S. National Park Service. She launched her agency's frst certifcate-earning birding trail. She really wants to see a tropicbird one day. Megan Crewe has been birding since childhood, when she discovered she could get her father all to herself if she was willing to get up very early on Saturday morn - ings and tromp around the woods in search of birds. That early training led to a career (18 years and counting) as a professional birding tour guide; she is now one of the owners of Field Guides, Inc. In addition, she has served on the councils of the Delaware Valley Ornithological Club and the Neotropical Bird Club, and leads walks for Cape May Bird Observatory. Jason A. Crotty is a birder and lawyer living in Portland, Oregon, with his wife and two-year-old daughter. Originally from San Francisco, California, he has visited more than 40 national wildlife refuges in 20 states and frequently includes refuges in his travels. He has seen numerous lifers on refuges, including Falcated Duck at Colusa NWR in California and Tundra Bean-Goose at Nestucca Bay NWR in Oregon. Since 2001, Jennie Duberstein has lived in southeastern Arizona, where she currently coordinates the Sonoran Joint Venture. Her area of expertise is conservation social science: understanding the relationship between people and the natural world to improve conservation efforts. Jennie has developed community-based conservation and ecotourism projects in the U.S.-Mexico border region, in - cluding coordinating and leading programs on ecotour- ism, environmental education, and bird monitoring. She has worked with young birders through the ABA and other organizations since the late 1990s, directing sum - mer camps, leading feld courses, organizing conferences, and editing young birder publications. Jennie volunteers as the ABA's Young Birder Liaison, directs the ABA's Camp Colorado, co-leads VENT's Camp Chiricahua, and is a proud member of the Leica Birding Team. A native of Palo Alto, California, Shawneen Finnegan be - gan birding in her mid-twenties and immediately became passionate about bird ID. She led and managed tours for WINGS, served as photo editor at Birding, worked as an associate naturalist for Cape May Bird Observatory, and for 24 years managed the BirdArea database used by BirdBase and AviSys. She has served on four different state bird records committees, now sits on the ABA's Recording Standards and Ethics Committee, and volunteers as an eBird reviewer. Shawneen is an accomplished artist who travels as a keynote speaker and teaches workshops about bird identifcation and how to draw them. Melissa Hafting loves to twitch and photograph rare birds in British Columbia and Washington, as well as to watch the common birds everywhere, including her own back - yard. She holds a bachelor's degree in agricultural sci- ences with a minor in geography from the University of Lethbridge and has comprehensive experience in veteri - nary animal care, biology, and conservation. Melissa's in- terest in volunteering with youth has led her to organize and facilitate youth birding feld trips and a Christmas Bird Count for Kids. She started a local youth birding group that travels around B.C. promoting youth birding. Alvaro Jaramillo was born in Chile but began birding in Toronto, his childhood home. He authored the recent ABA Field Guide to the Birds of California and writes the "Identify Yourself" column in Bird Watcher's Digest. He runs Alvaro's Adventures, a birding tour company that emphasizes birding as a fun, rich experience, and which believes that food, culture, and camaraderie are an inte - gral part of birding. He leads fun and informative pelagic trips out of Monterey and Half Moon Bay (his home port) in California. Kimberly Kaufman is the Executive Director of Black Swamp Bird Observatory, where she helped found the Ohio Young Birders Club and The Biggest Week in American Birding, a spring event that has become one of the largest birding festivals on the continent. She is a con - tributing editor to Birds & Blooms magazine, and coau- thor of the Kaufman Field Guide to Nature of New England and the Kaufman Field Guide to Nature of the Midwest. Kimberly is Vice Chair of the Ohio Bird Conservation Initiative, and serves on the American Bird Conservancy Board of Directors. In 2015, she received the ABA's Chandler Robbins Award. Tiffany Kersten manages the McAllen Nature Center in McAllen, Texas. She has spent the past 12 years as an en - vironmental educator, planning and administering pro- grams across the country, with the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, Massachusetts Audubon Society, Cape May Bird Observatory, and Quinta Mazatlán World Birding Center. She holds a bachelor's degree in Natural Resources from Northland College. J. Drew Lanham is a Master Teacher and Distinguished Alumni Professor of Wildlife Ecology at Clemson University. A birder since the age of eight, he is an active member on several conservation boards, including those of the American Birding Association, BirdNote, and the Aldo Leopold Foundation. Drew has birded in 42 of the United States and South Africa and South America. He is a regular tour leader and speaker at the Biggest Week in American Birding and the Rio Grande Valley Bird Festival. He is a widely published nature writer and poet whose frst solo works, Sparrow Envy and The Home Place—Memoirs of a Colored Man's Love Affair with Nature, will be published in late 2016. Drew's favorite bird is the next one he sees! Maureen Leong-Kee is an avid birder and amateur nat- uralist residing in Salem, Oregon, where she is on the Board of the Directors for the Salem Audubon Society. She enjoys learning about local fora and fauna, and enjoys seeing them even more. She loves drawing and photography, especially of birds and nature. She is married to her best friend and co-obsessive birding partner, Nicholas. They blog about their adventures at About the Authors

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