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Birders Making a Difference in National Wildlife Refuges

The 2016 issue of Birder’s Guide to Conservation & Community features an article written by Jason A. Crotty called “Birders Making a Difference in National Wildlife Refuges”. With the article, Jason explains how volunteers–including many birders–are essential to the everyday and continued functioning of the U.S.’s national wildlife refuge system.

Jason’s article is accessible online only–part of the expanded electronic content we’re thrilled to offer in addition to the printed magazine. To access the article, simply click here. It’s free, and while you don’t have to be an ABA member to read it, it you like what you see, consider taking a step to ensure future issues of Birder’s Guide by signing up to be an ABA member.

Do you have questions about the the volunteering at a national wildlife refuge? Stories of your own volunteer experiences that you’d like to share?  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.
  • Andy Belt

    From May to August 2015, I volunteered my time at Fish Springs NWR near Dugway, Utah. Despite being incredibly remote, this refuge is an oasis for wildlife and people alike. Other than managing invasive plants and surveying submerged aquatic vegetation, I did weekly point count surveys of snowy plovers and American avocets. I had amazing opportunities to observe the lives of these species and more, often while at close range. I feel like I had made a difference during my time there, and I will always recommend to someone to take that opportunity to work at national wildlife refuge.

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