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Bird Like a Neotropical Pro

In last year’s Birder’s Guide to Gear, Kathi Borgmann offered some great advice on what to pack on a birding trip to Neotropics in “Gearing Up for a Neotropical Adventure“. In her follow-up article appearing in the 2016 issue of Birder’s Guide to Travel–“Bird Like a Neotropical Pro“–she outlines how to prepare for the trip of a lifetime well before you head to the airport, so that you can get the most out of the experience.

This is precisely the kind of expert advice shared by ABA members that I hope you’ve come to expect within the pages of Birder’s Guide. This advice, and all issues of Birder’s Guide, are available to the birding community free of charge. Just click here to access them. It’s one of the many services the ABA offers the birding community.

Do you have advice of your own to offer? Questions for Kathi? Please let us know 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 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.
  • Frank Izaguirre

    I actually have a tip related to my field of study. Many of the first naturalists and ornithologists to explore the Neotropics wrote travelogues and memoirs about their journeys and sojourns in the rainforest. Henry Walter Bates wrote The Naturalist on the River Amazons. Alexander Skutch wrote many memoirs on Costa Rica and other parts of Central America, as did herpetologist Archie Carr. Frank Chapman, of CBC-inventing fame, wrote My Tropical Air Castle about his time in Panama. William Beebe wrote several books about the Guyanas and other places.

    The idea is probably obvious by now: before you travel in the Neotropics, consider reading a cool book about the first naturalists to study the region’s amazing birdlife. It could add lots of depth and intrigue to your own journey.

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