Birder's Guide

MAR 2018

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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from movies or television, the buzzing energy of a images. Even many birders aren't aware that there are ply as Brooklyn, one of the five boroughs of New York Hudson and East rivers, with a massive harbor, and - images: one of many landmarks or events, scenes Kings County is known by most in the world sim- southern New England and the 130-mile-long be rich reservoirs of avian life beyond Manhattan's well- bustling melting pot, pizza, bagels, or maybe just a City. Many of the attributes that helped New York seething mass of humanity amid canyons of glass and City grow into the metropolis that it is also make corner of the country. No borough in the city is better it great for birds. Positioned at the mouths of the lying at the corner of the north–south shoreline of the do you see? It is likely to be any number of famous Mid-Atlantic to the south, and east–west shoreline of Close your eyes and think of New York City. What known Central Park. hen Jay-Z, the Brooklyn-born disciple of the leg- endary hip-hop artist Notorious B.I.G. ("Biggie"), rapped the words on the opposite page 20 years ago, he might not have foreseen the popular ascent that Brooklyn was to make over a couple of decades. It was known for much of the 20th century as a thriving hub of immigrant communities and the birthplace of many cultural icons, but not necessarily a must-see location for someone visiting the Big Apple for the first time, and it was in fact actively avoid- ed by many visitors. Nowadays it is a destination for people from all over the world and a pop-culture darling—as well as a flash point in the ongoing debates on the costs and benefits of gentrification. Despite the relatively recent popularity of Brooklyn as a destination to most of the world, there has been one international constituency that has been steadfast in its use of the borough through the centuries: birds. hemoth of Long Island, it is a geographically unique concrete. For most people, nature isn't one of those concrete. For most people, nature isn't one of those hemoth of Long Island, it is a geographically unique known Central Park. Close your eyes and think of New York City. What Mid-Atlantic to the south, and east–west shoreline of do you see? It is likely to be any number of famous lying at the corner of the north–south shoreline of the it great for birds. Positioned at the mouths of the corner of the country. No borough in the city is better City grow into the metropolis that it is also make seething mass of humanity amid canyons of glass and City. Many of the attributes that helped New York bustling melting pot, pizza, bagels, or maybe just a rich reservoirs of avian life beyond Manhattan's well- southern New England and the 130-mile-long be Kings County is known by most in the world sim- images: one of many landmarks or events, scenes - Hudson and East rivers, with a massive harbor, and ply as Brooklyn, one of the five boroughs of New York images. Even many birders aren't aware that there are from movies or television, the buzzing energy of a The Other Brooklyn ......................................... Birding in the Land of Biggie Birding in the Land of Biggie ......................................... The Other Brooklyn 24 Birder's Guide to Travel | April 2018 W

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