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SNEAK PEEK! Birder’s Guide to Conservation & Community, 2016

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The 2016 issue of Birder’s Guide to Conservation & Community 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.)

At the heart of this issue are efforts to increase inclusion and remove barriers to participation in birding. A diverse suite of contributors shared their thoughts on women in birding, and Jennifer Rycenga expounded on the formation of GBNA, our region’s informal LGBT birding club.

A recurring theme from past issues is the importance of cultivating the next generation of conservationists. Tiffany Kersten talks about the importance of starting young in this issue, and Jennie Duberstein reports to us about ongoing efforts in northwest Mexico.

Conservation Milestones” is back. It highlights the real accomplishments of birders like you. Please consider nominating someone you know—or even yourself—for profiling in next year’s edition!

Finally, Bill Rapai and Jason Crotty discuss how birders can help conservation efforts by volunteering, with Kirtland’s Warbler habitat restoration and at national wildlife refuges, respectively.

Screen Shot 2016-06-13 at 11.36.22 PMAs always, please tell us what you did and didn’t like in this issue, so that we may start planning future issues that better suit your needs. If there’s a topic missing that you feel deserves coverage, please let us know. Even better, consider writing about it yourself for the next issue! Finally, please consider sharing this issue with others. It’s as easy as sending them the link to this blog post, where they may click the cover to see the entire issue online, and for free.

Now let’s get out there and build and strengthen the birding community so that we can do even more for conservation!

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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.)

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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.
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