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SNEAK PEEK! Birder’s Guide to Conservation & Community, 2017

The 2017 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.)

Inside, you’ll find an update by Tasha Goldberg on the efforts the Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project to repatriate Maui Parrotbills to a reforested area on the leeward side of their namesake island. The American Bird Conservancy‘s Daniel Lebbin details the conservation efforts being made by indigenous communities in the Peruvian Andes. And Alison Világ introduces us to Deramakot Forest Preserve in Malaysian Borneo–a shining example of how communities can simultaneously promote conservation and economic development.

A recurring theme from past issues is the importance of cultivating the next generation of conservationists. Elise Faike tells us how hummingbirds and hummingbird banders are inspiring them in Idaho. And the ABA’s Director of Conservation and Community, Bill Stewart, gives us an update on how Birders’ Exchange is making a difference through partnerships with other organizations in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Finally, “Conservation Milestones” is back. Compiled by Noah Strycker, 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!

As 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, 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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