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SNEAK PEEK! Birder’s Guide to Conservation & Community, 2015

I’ve just received word that the 2015 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.)

The cover features a small group of people hawkwatching during the ABA’s Young Birder Conference in Ashland, Delaware in September 2013. The ABA’s mission is to inspire all people to enjoy and protect wild birds, so it’s important to be inclusive and to reach diverse audiences if we’re to share the excitement of birding as widely as possible. Young birder events have proven to be a successful means to work toward this worthy goal.

The importance of making nature accessible to a wide swath of the public is precisely what David Lindo addresses in “Opening the Door”. Rue Mapp continues the conversation by stressing the importance of focusing on positive steps we can take to move forward in her timely essay, “Beyond Diversity Shaming: Lasting Change Is More Than Skin Deep“.

Screen Shot 2015-06-02 at 11.41.28 AMThe importance of cultivating the next generation of conservationists is also featured prominently. ABA board member Carl Bendorf tells us all about what he’s learned coordinating the Iowa Young Birders. And Greg Swick relates the activities of GLADE, a leadership academy which mentors young people in environmental stewardship in the Ozark region.

“Conservation Milestones” got a resoundingly positive response last year, so we’re happy to bring it back in 2015. It highlights the real accomplishments of birders like you. Consider nominating someone you know—or even yourself—for profiling in next year’s edition!

Other articles tell us about how birding festivals (like the ongoing Mountain Bird Festival) can benefit local conservation and how conservationists are working with landowners to help increase habitat for Lesser Prairie-Chickens.

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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