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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63 March 2017 | Birder's Guide to Travel Portland, Oregon Jason A. Crotty f you want to see an Elfin-woods Warbler or a Yellow-shouldered Blackbird or a Green Mango, there's only one place in the world to go. Fortunately, it's not particularly far for most ABA members, and it's easy to get there. Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory in the West Indies. It is the easternmost and smallest of the Greater Antilles but still has 17 endemic bird species and a number of Caribbean speciality spe- cies. Puerto Rico uses the U.S. dollar, no passport is required for U.S. citizens, English is widely spoken, and the island is well-served by flights from the main- n Punta Tuna Beach Photo © Dennis van de Water land. The capital, San Juan, is a cultural and commercial hub of the Caribbean, with attractions, activities, and sights for birders and non-birders alike. Year- round temperatures average about 80 degrees Fahrenheit, and a number of tropical beaches make it a desirable win- ter getaway. Puerto Rico Basics Puerto Rico is about 35 miles wide and 110 miles long, and it has a population of about 3.5 million people, making it one of the most populous islands in the Caribbean. It consists of the main island of Puerto Rico and various I

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