Birder's Guide

NOV 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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5 November 2016 | Birder's Guide to Gear Elise Faike is a geologist and adventure trav- el planner who lives in Challis, Idaho with her husband, Dave, and their little blue heeler, Tater. She enjoys birding and watch- ing wildlife all over Idaho, the U.S., and the world. Elise also likes hiking, mountain biking, and kayaking. She has finally seen a wolf in Idaho, but would still like one to pose for her there for a photograph. The editor of Birding magazine, Ted Floyd loves birds, birding, and birders. He en- joys birding his local patch and foreign countries; he volunteers at the local public school and speaks at international confer- ences; and his favorite birding activities are grim all-nighters ("Big Nights") and lazy afternoon walks in the park with chil- dren and no binoculars. Ted is the author of the Smithsonian Field Guide to the Birds of North America and the American Birding Association Field Guide to Birds of Colorado. Ashli Gorbet grew up on the west side of Cleveland and was enamored with nature at a young age. After earning a bachelor's degree in wildlife management from The Ohio State University, she spent more than a decade exploring the southwestern U.S. from a primary base in Albuquerque, New Mexico. There, she worked for Rio Grande Bird Research by conducting banding operations, and she completed a study on the breeding biology of Black- throated Gray Warblers. Ashli recently re- turned to Ohio to join Black Swamp Bird Observatory as its banding projects man- ager. Ashli leads trips for BRANT during her free time and is pursuing a Master of Natural Resources degree from Utah State University. Since 1997, Sharon Stiteler has achieved her goal to get paid to go birding. In 2004, she founded the popular blog, Birdchick (birdchick. com). She travels the world as a field trip leader, birding consultant, hu- morous keynote speaker, bird survey- or, and writer. She wrote the books Disapproving Rabbits and City Birds Country Birds; is #32 in the "Geek A Week" trading card set; and works as a National Park Service ranger. She contributes to "Outdoor News Radio" and "All Things Considered", and has appeared on "NBC Nightly News" an- swering bird questions. When she's not digiscoping or performing im- prov, she's a blue-ribbon beekeeper. You can find her on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Google+ as "Birdchick". Heidi Trudell is a mild-mannered tech at an automotive gadget start- up who moonlights as a crepuscular window collision monitor. Her pas- sion for preserving incidentally dead birds began in 2003. Heidi has been a librarian, zookeeper, rehabber, bird guide, and nature blogger in Texas ( She tends the Facebook groups "Dead Birds (for Science!)" and "The Auk-ward". Heidi is a regional coordinator for Wash- tenaw Safe Passage and resides in Ypsilanti, Michigan. About the Contributors

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