Birder's Guide

OCT 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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5 October 2017 | Birder's Guide to Listing & Taxonomy Arjan Dwarshuis is the 30-year-old owner of The Birding Experience with Arjan Dwarshuis, a Netherlands-based birding company that offers custom guiding, talks, workshops, and excursions around the world. He has a bachelor's degree in Northwest European archaeology and is studying landscape archaeology at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. In 2016 he set a world Big Year record, ticking off 6,851 species in one calendar year, follow - ing the latest IOC World Bird List taxonomy. Through his Big Year, he raised over €31,000 for BirdLife International's Preventing Extinctions program. Paul Hess , a retired newspaper editor residing in southwestern Pennsylvania, has written 305 articles since 2003 for ABA's News and Notes column in Birding and the former Winging It newsletter. He has coauthored and edited numerous publications for National Geographic Books and other publishers, and he currently edits The Peregrine, the newsletter of the 350-member Three Rivers Birding Club in Pittsburgh. He would be happier to add a species to his (currently 185-species) local park list than to get an ABA Area lifer. Steve N. G. Howell has been watching birds for as long as he can remember—of course, this may sim - ply mean that his memory is not very good… He is an international bird tour leader with WINGS and a popular speaker and trip leader at birding festivals. Steve has authored numerous books and articles, mainly about birds, and the common thread to his life is that birding should be fun. He has been birding in Mexico for over 30 years and still finds the country magical, with something new to learn on every trip. Peter Pyle grew up primarily in Hawaii. He has worked as an ornithologist and a marine biologist. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Peter partook in the Hawaii, Micronesia, and Samoa Forest Bird Surveys; during the 1980s and through the early 2000s he did research on birds and white sharks at the Farallon Islands off San Francisco. Currently, he is a staff bi - ologist at The Institute for Bird Populations in Point Reyes Station, California, where he specializes in bird molts and plumages. Peter is a Research Associate at the B.P. Bishop Museum, Honolulu, and the Califor - nia Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, and is cur- rently Chair of the ABA Checklist Committee. In that capacity, he is overseeing the integration of Hawaiian bird species onto the forthcoming ABA Checklist. Michael L. P. Retter is the editor of Birder's Guide magazine and the author of the ABA Field Guide to Birds of Illinois. A former full-time and now part- time birding tour leader (with BRANT), he has traveled extensively in the northern half of the Americas. Michael is a past chair and current mem - ber of the Indiana Bird Records Committee; reviews eBird records for Illinois, Indiana, and Mexico; and runs the continent's informal LGBTQ birders' club, QBNA. He lives and gardens in Fort Worth, Texas, where he now spends much of his time writing an upcoming Princeton guide to the birds of Mexico, Guatemala, and Belize. Jonathan Vargas is a shorebird biologist and Mexi - can birding guide born in San Blas, Nayarit, where he started guiding 10 years ago. From 2014–2016 he guided in La Paz, Baja California Sur, and he recently moved to Ensenada, Baja California, where he works at Terra Peninsular, A.C., an organization that preserves and protects natural ecosystems in the Baja California Peninsula. Jonathan's duties at Terra include conducting bird surveys, guiding birding trips, and promoting birding tours and eco - tours in the communities and natural protected ar- eas of the Sierra de San Pedro Mártir National Park and San Quintín Bay. Alex Warnick is a natural history artist based in southern Indiana. She works with conservation efforts in order to foster a greater awareness of a location's unique avifauna. While the style of her work pays homage to artist-naturalists of the 19th century, each painting is based on her own per - sonal experiences in the field. She recently com- pleted an artist residency with a national wildlife refuge and was the recipient of the Donald Eck - leberry Endowment. Currently, Alex is working on a project highlighting the endemic birds of Hispaniola. Sean Williams grew up in the monotonously gray concrete jungle of South Boston, Massachusetts. Nature was a precious commodity in such an ur - ban community, so he greatly appreciated the rare instances in which he encountered native birds. Encouraged by local ornithological philanthropists Wayne and Betty Petersen, Sean studied ornitholo - gy and ecology at Ohio Wesleyan University for his bachelor's degree and at Michigan State University for his Ph.D. His dissertation examined the behav - ioral ecology of antshrike-antwren flocks of the Neotropical rainforest understory. Sean currently resides in Westborough, Massachusetts and finds immense joy in birding Cape Cod and other coastal areas of the state. About the Contributors

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