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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21 May 2017 | Birder's Guide to Conservation & Community Freedom, Maine Alison Világ White-fronted Falconet that sallies for butterflies outside our dining hall. At dusk yesterday from this very patch of leaf litter I'm sitting in now, an endemic Blue-banded Pitta delighted in the frustrating way their kind do—call- ing, teasing, drawing close just to fall silent for a spell— and, finally, hopping up on a nearby log for us to ogle its impossible scarlet and indigo hues. A meal and a sleep later, I'm back, greedy for more. A small army of tiger leeches scrunch towards my ankles in celebration of my return. I flick them away and continue the vigil. n Borneo's rainforests are home to a wealth of threatened biodiversity. Photo © Jay Packer

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