Birder's Guide

MAR 2017

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 Travel | March 2017 10 Brandon Breen is a writer and conservation biologist who lives in Ashland, Oregon. Brandon has worked on numerous avian research projects throughout the U.S. and abroad, focusing on such species as the California Condor, Andean Condor, Turkey Vulture, and Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch. He completed a bachelor of arts degree at Bates College and a master of science degree at the University of Minnesota. Brandon is currently writing his first children's novel and working on the Mindful Birding Project, which aims to increase awareness of ethical birding guide- lines as well as the conservation impacts of America's birdwatchers. Rachel Coombes has been a keen birder since childhood. A former research ecologist for the British Trust of Ornithology, she is currently a freelance marine and field ornithologist and ecologist. She lives on the Suffolk coast, in eastern England, with her partner Robin, who is the site manager at the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds's Minsmere nature reserve. Together, they have a passion for wildlife and traveling that leads them to spend their va- cations birding in Africa and Asia. They are hoping to visit North America very soon! Jason A. Crotty is a lawyer from Portland, Oregon. In Puerto Rico, he added nearly 30 lifers and had a fabulous time when not bird- ing. He wrote about volunteering in national wildlife refuges in the July 2016 issue of Birder's Guide and the U.S. Endangered Species Act in the August 2016 issue of Birding . Dave Irons started birding at age six and was fully hooked by age 17, when he first met other birders near his own age. An early pas - sion for listing fueled Dave's curiosity about vagrancy, biogeography, and the finer points of field ID. He has served several terms on Oregon's Bird Records Committee, to which he was first elected in 1981, and he has been a regional editor for North American Birds since 2003. Dave and his wife, Shawneen Finnegan, regularly lead trips and teach classes for a va - riety of organizations in their home state, and for the past six years, they have been leaders at the Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival. They are Oregon's statewide eBird coordinators and serve as the local eBird reviewers for their home county. Laura Kammermeier is a writer, website pro- ducer, traveler, birder, and travel consultant. She is the creator and managing editor of, which is a com- pendium of global nature travel resources to link travelers with great birding and nature hotspots, ecolodges, and qualified tour opera- tors. She is also the sole proprietor of My Digital Nature, a web development and digital commu- nications company specializing in nature and tourism clients. Laura is a past president of the Rochester Birding Association, is a co-founder of the Ohio Ornithological Society, and former- ly led the Project FeederWatch program. She lives in Rochester, New York, with her husband and two children. Doug Tozer was raised just outside Algonquin Provincial Park in central Ontario, Canada. He was a seasonal naturalist in the park for five years and did his Ph.D. research on sapsuckers there but now works as Ontario program scien- tist at Bird Studies Canada in southern Ontario. Doug has published numerous peer-reviewed articles on bird ecology and conservation and currently coordinates Bird Studies Canada's Great Lakes Marsh Monitoring Program and Canadian Lakes Loon Survey. Ron Tozer was park naturalist in Ontario's Algonquin Provincial Park for 25 years before retiring in 1996. He continues to compile the park's bird records as a volunteer, and his much- acclaimed Birds of Algonquin Park was published in 2012. Ron was a member of the Ontario Bird Records Committee for 15 years, including five years as its chair; a co-editor of the Ontario Field Ornithologists' (OFO) journal, Ontario Birds, for 16 years; and the recipient of OFO's Distinguished Ornithologist Award in 2009. Steve Tucker is a wildlife biologist who resides in Albany, California. He has had the opportunity and privilege to work with birds everywhere from the Aleutian Islands to eastern Mexico to Midway Atoll. He birds the Bay Area vigorously and is known by many as the lead author of "Bourbon, Bastards, and Birds", a polarizing blog that covers everything from the horror of gull identification to the bloody politics of bird records committees. Steve made the question- able decision to begin birding when he was 12 years old, and it has been a happy fixture in his life ever since. About the Authors

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