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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7 May 2016 | Birder's Guide to Conservation & Community Exploring new habitats and seeking out birds energizes Maureen's soul. Ann Nightingale lives in Victoria, British Columbia and has been birding for almost 20 years. In 2015, she put her "administrative birding" (coordinating, compiling, cajoling) on the back burner and undertook a Vancouver Island Big Year, setting a record with 268 species. Ann is a past president of Rocky Point Bird Observatory and the Victoria Natural History Society, and has just completed a four-year term on the Canadian Migration Monitoring Network Steering Committee. She has recently been named a recipient of the Governor General of Canada's Caring Canadian Award for her volunteer efforts, and she is the 2016 recipient of the ABA's Betty Petersen Award for Conservation and Community. William Rapai is Vice-Chair of the Kirtland's Warbler Alliance and author of several books, including The Kirtland's Warbler: The Story of a Bird's Fight Against Extinction and the People Who Saved It, named a Michigan Notable Book in 2013. The Kirtland's Warbler Alliance is working to increase community support for the Kirtland's Warbler and the conservation programs it and other wild - life depend upon for survival. Jennifer Rycenga serves on the board of Sequoia Audubon Society in San Mateo County, California, where she promotes citizen-science initiatives: BioBlitzes, iNaturalist, and eBird. An inveterate lister, she's amassed at least one life bird in each of the 50 states. Jennifer organized San Mateo county's frst BioBlitz and helped launch an ongoing coalition with iNaturalist, California Academy of Sciences, Nerds for Nature, and San Mateo County Parks, to perform BioBlitzes in every county park. She edits the "San Mateo County Bird Guide," an online site guide for the county ( She has led trips for the Monterey Bay Birding Festival, Western Field Ornithologists, Gay Birders of North America, and local Audubon societies. When not birding, Jennifer teaches at San José State University in the Humanities Department; she is completing a cultural biography of white abolitionist Prudence Crandall. She lives with her wife and birding companion, Peggy Macres. Debi Shearwater established Shearwater Journeys, a com- pany which has offered pelagic trips in California since 1976. Many seabird records new to North America have been found on her trips, and more than 65,000 nature lov - ers have joined her at sea. She has visited all seven conti- nents and countless remote islands where seabirds breed. Debi enthusiastically leads expedition voyages to these unique areas, including the Galápagos Islands, the Russian Far East, and Antarctica. A past member of the ABA Board of Directors, she lives in Hollister, California, where she can see her favorite bird species, Golden Eagle, every day. Noah Strycker is the Associate Editor of Birding magazine and the author of two well-received books: The Thing with Feathers: The Surprising Lives of Birds and What They Reveal About Being Human (Riverhead Books, 2014) and Among Penguins: A Bird Man in Antarctica (Oregon State University Press, 2011). In 2015, he set a new world Big Year record by seeing 6,042 bird species—almost two thirds of the bird species on Earth—in one continuous trip spanning seven continents and 41 countries. Lili Taylor is an actress living in Brooklyn, New York. Among her many credits, she is perhaps best known for appearances in Mystic Pizza, Say Anything…, I Shot Andy Warhol, and Six Feet Under. More recently, Lili has ap - peared on ABC's American Crime. She currently serves on the ABA's Board of Directors. Charlotte Wasylik lives and birds on the family farm in east central Alberta. A recent high-school graduate, she is a keen nature photographer and digiscoper. Charlotte attended Bird Studies Canada's Young Ornithologists' Workshop in 2012 and the Young Ornithologists' Internship in 2013. She's a regular contributor to Ray Brown's "Talkin' Birds" radio show out of Massachusetts and established the Alberta Birds Facebook group. Charlotte blogs at and is president of her local naturalist society. You can fnd Charlotte on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram as "Prairie Birder".

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