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    Your turn: birding in South Africa

    The March 2014 issue of Birder’s Guide to Travel features an article by Adam Riley titled “South Africa: The Best of the Birding Continent”. Within, Adam shares with us some of the wonderful birding locations (and birds) of his native country. A modern country with robust wine and tourism industries, many find South Africa a pleasure to travel in. 

    Many birders visiting the country find that hiring a guide to manage logistics, to help with (especially aural) ID, and to access the best birding spots is well worth it. When visiting South Africa, there are many tour companies and local guides to choose from, and in 2014 the ABA is offering its members an additional, unique opportunity.

    You may join the author, as well as ABA President Jeffrey A. Gordon and other knowledgable guides on the ABA’s South Africa Safari, which runs from 7–17 October of this year. Profits go to help support local conservation efforts though BirdLife South Africa. You can read more about the Safari here.

    South Africa is a huge and startlingly beautiful country with thousands of birding locations that couldn’t possibly be mentioned in this article. Do you have a favorite birding location in South Africa you’d like to share? An experience you want to tell us about? A comment or question about the article? Please offer them in the comment section, below!

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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 partner, Matt, in West Lafayette, Indiana. 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 listserv for LGBT birders.
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