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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8 Birder's Guide to Travel | March 2017 Jeffrey A. Gordon Delaware City, Delaware jgordon@aba.org he American Birding Association has, since its inception, provided the birding community with useful, reliable information about travel—where and when to go, how to make best use of your time in the field, even how to avoid pitfalls that visitors might encounter. This was true of our earliest publications, including the famous bird-finding inserts that once graced Birding magazine, through to the Lane Guide series, and onto our various online pages and presences today. Birder's Guide to Travel is proudly part of that tradition. Though you can do a lot of great birding without traveling much at all, many of us find the excitement and challenge of novel vistas and avifaunas to be a key part of what makes birding, and life, meaningful. And when you're far away from home, it's often very useful and comforting to have a direct line to someone who lives near your destination or at least knows it intimately. That's exactly the kind of help and guidance we strive to give you in the Birder's Guides. I'd like to invite you to consider joining the ABA on one of our birding travel adventures. On the roster for 2017–18 are trips to Delaware Bay, Honduras, Tanzania, southern Florida, and Hawaii. You can find out more about all these at events.aba.org or by calling us at (800) 850-2473. By traveling with the ABA, you support our Conservation and Community programs as well as conservation projects in the areas we visit. With all that, you get the benefit of the ABA's decades of travel experience, expert leadership, and wonderful traveling companions. Wherever your travels take you, good birding, Jeffrey A. Gordon President, American Birding Association ravel means different things to different birders. For some, it's a leisurely weekend drive from Ottawa or Toronto to look for Gray Jays at Algonquin Provincial Park. Others enjoy going on pelagic trips. Some like to spend a week visiting exciting locations such as Puerto Rico. And there are a few adventurous souls among us who volunteer a month of their lives to help count albatrosses on Midway Atoll. However you travel, Birder's Guide wants to help you find your joy. I hope that there is something of use and interest to you in this issue. If there's not, please let us know what you'd like to see next time. Be sure to tell us what you liked, as well, so that we can be sure to include similar content in next year's Birder's Guide to Travel. As always, we love to hear from folks who want to offer their own advice in the form of an article. We depend on members' contributions to make future issues a reality. You can reach me at mretter@aba.org and via discussions linked to at aba.org/birdersguide. Happy travels! Michael L. P. Retter Editor, Birder's Guide From the President From the Editor T Michael L. P. Retter Fort Worth, Texas mretter@aba.org T

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