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SNEAK PEEK! Birder’s Guide to Travel, 2015

Screen Shot 2015-03-16 at 4.24.20 PMI’ve just received word that the 2015 issue of Birder’s Guide to Travel is at the printers. American Birding Association members should find it in their mailboxes in the next couple weeks. But you don’t have to wait until then to see what’s inside. You can see the entirety of this issue of Birder’s Guide right now. Simply click here. (Birder’s Guide is just one of the free resources that the ABA provides to the birding public.)

Travel means different things to different people. For some birders, it’s a day trip, driving a couple hours from their homes in the Detroit suburbs to Tawas Point for spring warbler migration. For a few, it’s full-fledged globetrotting, and Taiwan Blue Magpie is just one of the many extravagant birds on their bucket lists. They’ll want to make sure they’re fully prepared for such an expensive trip, to make sure they get the most out of it. Still other birders will fall somewhere in between, adding a few birds to their lifelists while they’re visiting relatives in Nebraska. However you travel, I hope you will find something of use in Screen Shot 2015-03-16 at 4.20.03 PMthis issue of Birder’s Guide to Travel. Instead of “The 20 Best Birds of…” we’ve taken the idea and given it a twist this year: the 12 hardest birds of Middle America (and where to see them). Finally, the trusty Pelagic Directory is brings up the rear, and should help you get your tubenose fix this year.

Please let us know what was missing that you’d like to see in the next travel issue. Tell us what you liked, too, so that we can start planning to bring it back in next year’s Birder’s Guide to Travel. And we always appreciate hearing from folks who want to offer their own advice to the rest of the membership by penning an article. You can reach me by leaving a comment below.

You can easily download the entire issue, or just certain pages, allowing you to read Birder’s Guide on your Nook, Kindle, or other tablet, when offline. Or your laptop, if you’re old-fashioned. Just click on the fourth button from the right in the toolbar above the e-magazine. (See image below.)

BG_arrowAnd finally, Birder’s Guide welcomes two new faces to the editorial team, with Amy K. Hooper and Sheridan Coffey stepping in as Copy Editor and Assistant Copy Editor this year. If you happen upon them on the street, or in cyberspace, congratulate them on a job well done!

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Michael Retter
Michael L. P. Retter is the editor of the ABA's newest magazine, Birder's Guide, and the author of The ABA Field Guide to Birds of Illinois. When not at home gardening, Michael is often leading tours for BRANT Nature Tours in Middle America (Mexico through Panama). He currently lives with his husband, Matt, in Fort Worth, Texas. Michael also runs QBNA, the continent's informal club for LGBTQ+ birders. A former chair of the Indiana records committee, he is an eBird reviewer for Mexico, Illinois, and Indiana.
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