ABA Birder’s Guide Magazine

13147854_1112297072147158_6121386051175132453_oI was contacted last year to contribute an essay to the ABA’s Birder’s Guide to Conservation & Community (the link seems to work from my phone but not from my laptop) on the subject of being a woman and/or young birder in a community made up mostly of men, and increasing female leadership in birding. I’d like to thank my friend Jody Allair at Bird Studies Canada for suggesting me as a contributor.

You can read the “sneak peak” for the issue here, see the table of contents here, and join the conversation on the subject at the ABA blog here. There’s also an article on starting young as a birder which I’m looking forward to reading.

I was honoured to be asked and to have my thoughts added to this publication along with so many influential women birders — Shanin Abreu, Elsa Alvear Rodríguez, Megan Crewe, Shawneen Finnegan, Melissa Hafting, Alvaro Jaramillo, Kimberly Kaufman, J. Drew Lanham, Maureen Leong-Kee, Ann Nightingale, Debi Shearwater, and Lili Taylor.

You can read all of the articles at the American Birding Association’s website (again, the link seems to work from my phone but not from my laptop at the moment), or in your printed copy if you are a member of the ABA.

ABA Bird of the Year: Evening Grosbeak

Last night, Jeff Gordon, president of the American Birding Association, announced the 2012 ABA Bird of the Year: the Evening Grosbeak, a bird I have yet to see. To read more about the Evening Grosbeak visit the ABA Bird of the Year page. The artwork on this month’s cover of “Birding” magazine and on the stickers are from the very talented artist Julie Zickefoose. Here is the cover,

and here is a sticker,

Here is a great video of Mr. Gordon revealing of the Bird of the Year,

This afternoon with my mother’s help (in other words, her credit card) I joined the ABA. I can’t wait for my first issues of “Winging It” and “Birding” magazine with the Evening Grosbeak stickers, which I going to put on my binoculars.