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Birder’s Guide to Conservation & Community, 2018

The 2018 issue of Birder’s Guide to Conservation & Community has hit mailboxes.

One of those mailboxes belongs to Joe Scott of Chatham, New Hampshire. Here’s what Joe has to say about this year’s issue:

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This magazine was a treat to read. 

I belong to many conservation organizations and believe fully in their principles, but I do get tired of the constant stories about how bad things are, along with pleas for money or to write to congress and senators. There are seldom stories about successes, indicators that all this effort pays off sometimes. 

Your magazine did that. It told readers that individual and collective action can work, and it shows where in fact it is working. Sometimes this is by pressuring the lawmakers, and sometimes it is by taking local action like Valle de Oro’s new playa or the barn owl nest box efforts in Colorado. 

We all like to see a win once in a while. Thank you for bringing these good news stories out into the light.

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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 learn from Jennifer Howard about how habitat restoration efforts are key to helping save Palila, the only remaining finch-billed “honeycreeper” on Hawaii’s main islands. Mike Slater spotlights how birders and homeowners can work together to make both birders and homeowners feel at ease when a rare bird shows up in your neighborhood. And Tiffany Kersten reports on the successful efforts of birders, among many others, to save Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge.

Finally, “Conservation Milestones” is back. Compiled by Raymond VanBuskirk, 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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