Birder's Guide

MAY 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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13 May 2017 | Birder's Guide to Conservation & Community "Looking ahead," says Delta Wind Birds Board member J. R. Rigby,, "we plan to work on refining the management prac- tices at our two primary habitat stopover sites, focusing on water use efficiency while increasing habitat quality to sup- port more birds. We also intend to provide more education opportunities." Visit the Delta Wind Birds website to learn more: Will & Matthew Gladstone: Blue Socks for Boobies ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Twelve-year-old Will Gladstone and his 9-year-old brother, Matthew, of Arling- ton, Massachusetts, got interested in Blue- footed Boobies as part of a school science project. When the boys learned that the birds were threatened in the Galápagos Islands—possibly because of a decline in the availability of sardines—they wanted to do something to help. "Blue-footed Boobies are super-cool birds, and I think everybody should be able to experience just how awesome they are," Will Gladstone says. "I thought, if they have blue feet, why don't we just sell blue socks to raise money for them?" In 2016, the boys launched the Blue Feet Foundation, got on the TV news, and started a brisk business selling their bright blue socks with a whimsical Blue-footed Booby design. People from around the world have purchased the socks at $12.50 per pair, and the foundation has raised more than $20,000 so far. With donations from the foundation, the Galápagos Conservancy hired a biologist to start a popu- lation study and conservation plan. "We hope we go out of business," Mat- thew Gladstone says, "because that means we've saved the Blue-footed Booby!" The Gladstone boys' story will be in- cluded in an upcoming book by National Geographic Kids titled 100 Ways to Make the World A Better Place. Meanwhile, you can visit their foundation's website ( to learn more, buy socks for adults and kids, and cruise the photo gallery of Blue-footed People. Eva Matthews: Tropical Teen Week ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Eva Matthews and a small group of teens went south last year to make the conserva- tion connection between North American summer breeding birds and their Neotrop- ical wintering grounds. In December 2016, Matthews, who is Program Manager of Hog Island Audu - bon Camp in Bremen, Maine, led a small group of teen birders from across the U.S. in the first Hog Island Tropical Teen Week in Costa Rica. "This was a one-of-a-kind learning op- portunity for teens in the lowlands of Costa Rica over winter break," she says. "We spent time with researchers at La Selva Biological Station and Tirimbina Biological Reserve, floated down the Sarapiquí River, and bird - ed at high elevation to see our summer mi- Young birders from across the U.S. pose for a photo after planting more than 50 trees on a farm in Costa Rica in December 2016—a highlight of Tropical Teen Week. Photo courtesy of © Eva Matthews The Blue Feet Foundation started by Matthew (left) and Will Gladstone of Arlington, Massa- chusetts, has already netted more than $20,000 in sales of blue socks to support Blue-footed Booby conservation. Photo © Peter Gladstone The bright blue socks sell for $12.50 per pair and sport a whim - sical Blue-footed Booby design. Photo courtesy © Will Gladstone

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