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Better late than never, but don't wait 'til you're in an airport terminal to start researching your long-awaited trip!

Better late than never, but don’t wait ’til you’re in an airport terminal to start researching your long-awaited trip!

When birding in an unfamiliar area, knowing what to expect and exactly where to go is important. In the past that meant acquiring phone numbers or the good fortune of running into helpful birders in the field. But those are no longer the only options.

In the current issue of A Birder’s Guide to Travel, Diana Doyle shares with us some great tips on how to use modern technology to make the most out of your travel…before even setting foot out of your front door. Increasingly, that means apps!

Surely there’s something you’ve found helpful which Diana didn’t mention, app or not. Please, share your own tips with other ABA members here, in the comment section below this post. Happy (and productive) travels!

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Michael Retter
Michael L. P. Retter is the editor of the ABA's newest magazine, Birder's Guide. He also wears his ABA cap while working as a Technical Reviewer for Birding magazine. When not at home, Michael is often leading tours in Middle America (Mexico through Panama). He currently lives with his fiancé, Matt, in Fort Worth, Texas. In his fleeting free time there, he pursues interests in horticulture (especially orchids), music, cooking, and numismatics. Michael also runs GBNA, the continent's informal club and email list for LGBT birders.
  • Kirby Adams

    It sounds like Diana prepares much like I do. A big portion of the fun of a birding trip to me is the preparation, which I approach with the fervor of a general invading a new territory. One additional thing I do is just a generic google search. Search for the word “birding” and then a specific location (e.g. “portal”, “dungeness nwr”, “red river gorge”). Chances are pretty good that someone somewhere has written a blog post about birding that area. I recently did a quick 3-day weekend in the Red River Gorge area of Kentucky. That area has comparatively few eBird reports and not much mention on the KY listserv. It ended up that some of the most specific information I found came from a post by Rob Ripma at nuttybirder.com that got me to a birding spot I’d now list among my favorite ever visited. Blogs and Google may be archaic in tech culture these days, but there’s still a lot of buried treasure there.

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