Wednesday, 15 June 2016

ABA Magazine's article about me and the Sundarbans oil spill

The American Birding Association has got a huge membership and have a quarterly magazine.  The Magazine just out is called "Birders' Guide to Conservation and Community" with lots of brilliant articles about sex, race and getting young people into nature.

Noah Strycker (last year's Big World Year winner, seeing over 6000 birds in the year) has written an article about my highlighting the environmentally disastrous Sundarbans oil spill in Bangladesh.  Thank you Noah for your lovely article.  The article about me is on pages 9 - 10

The 2016 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.)

"Conservation Milestones" is back. It highlights the real accomplishments of birders like you. Look out for Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig on pages 9 -10.

At the heart of this issue are efforts to increase inclusion and remove barriers to participation in birding. A diverse suite of contributors shared their thoughts on women in birding, and Jennifer Rycenga expounded on the formation of GBNA, our region's informal LGBT birding club.

A recurring theme from past issues is the importance of cultivating the next generation of conservationists. Tiffany Kersten talks about the importance of starting young in this issue, and Jennie Duberstein reports to us about ongoing efforts in northwest Mexico.

New post on ABA Blog

“Conservation Milestones”, v. 2016

by Michael Retter
One of the most exciting parts of Birder's Guide to Conservation & Community is "Conservation Milestones", a place where birders like you can share their personal accomplishments in the realms of environmental education and conservation. Noah Strycker did a wonderful job working with the contributors to compile an engaging and inspiring compendium, but he needed your contributions to make it a reality.
So many birders are doing things large and small to build a better future for birds and for birders, and these accomplishments are just as significant sources of pride and excitement as any listing milestone–often more so. The stories tend to be a bit more complex, involving more than a simple number, species, and place, so these milestones are a bit longer than the listing ones. We’re especially enthusiastic about stories that include photos and/or include contact information and other resources to help those who’d like to emulate the kinds of contributions others are celebrating.
To read "Conservation Milestones" and to find out how to contribute to next year's compendium, click here. The entirety of Birder's Guide to Conservation & Community is available online. It's just one of the many free services the ABA provides to the greater birding community! 

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About the Writer

Young Birder Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig on ScillyPhotograph taken by and copyright Chris Craig

Mya-Rose Craig is a 14 year old young British Bangladesh birder, naturalist, conservationist, environmentalist, activist, writer and speaker. She is based near Bristol and writes the successful Birdgirl Blog, with posts about birding and conservation from around the world. She loved seeing Mountain Gorillas in East Africa and Penguins in Antarctica over Christmas 2015, her 7th continent.

Mya-Rose was a Bristol European Green Capital Ambassador along with Kevin McCloud, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Tony Juniper, Simon King, Miranda Krestovnikoff and Shaun the Sheep! See the full list of Bristol Ambassadors. She has also been listed with the singer songwriter George Ezra and actress Maisie Williams from Game of Thrones as one of Bristol's most influential young people. Please like her Birdgirl Facebook Page and follow her on Birdgirl Twitter

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