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Some of you are receiving The Birding Wire for the first time this week, and we hope you like what you see. It is a digital news service devoted to birding and news of interest to the birding community distributed every Wednesday to your personal electronic device of choice. If you would rather not receive The Birding Wire, you may opt out of the service at any time. If you represent a non-profit birding or conservation organization with news items or press releases you'd like to share with thousands of Birding Wire readers every week, just submit your material by Tuesday afternoon for inclusion in each Wednesday's edition to birdingwire@gmail.com. If you have any questions, you may contact editor J.R. Absher at the same email address.

Audubon Launches Complete Field Guide App for North American Birds
The National Audubon Society has released an updated Audubon Birds Pro mobile app that includes an 821-species checklist from the American Ornithologists Union (AOU) and is the first time a complete field guide to North American birds is available for free mobile download.

Ornithology: Works by Barbara Kendrick and Monique Luchetti
Ornithology: Works by Barbara Kendrick and Monique Luchetti" opened Monday, Sept. 28 and runs through Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015 at the Giertz Gallery in Champaign, Ill, in cooperation with the Anita Purves Nature Center.

Rare Seabird SoCal Visitors: Red-footed Booby and Masked Booby At Bird Rescue
What's better than one booby?! How about two? That's the report from International Bird Rescue in San Pedro, Calif., where a Red-footed Booby and a Masked Booby are currently residing.

Travel to Costa Rica With The Cornell Lab of Ornithology
For birders looking to witness, track, and help with conservation efforts for the 870 bird species that call Costa Rica home, the Cayuga Collection has partnered with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology to offer a seven day Bird Watching Experience – Nov. 29 – Dec. 5, 2015 – providing access to expert guides and some of the most diverse and plentiful bird habitats in the country.

New Book Engages Children in Backyard Birding
Have you ever looked out of your window and been completely captivated by a bird in your tree or feeder? Do you wonder where it comes from or what kind of bird it is? Debut author Kermit Cummings answers all these questions in his children's book A Backyard Birding Adventure: What's in Your Yard?

FWS Protects Two Rare Macaw Species
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) on Oct. 1 announced it is listing the military and great green macaws as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Both bird species are endemic to Central and South America.

69th Annual Cape May Fall Festival and The Bird Show
The 2015 Cape May Fall Festival and The Bird Show presented by New Jersey Audubon Oct. 23-25 l will showcase the wonders of fall migration in Cape May, and Cape May Bird Observatory's migration monitoring work: the Cape May Hawkwatch, Avalon Seawatch, Monarch Monitoring Project and Morning Flight Songbird Count, with special mini-bus trips and exclusive walks with keynote speakers.
Special Crane Events at Wisconsin's Crex Meadows Wildlife Area
With crane migration in full swing and autumn leaves becoming more beautiful each day, fall is a great time to head to Crex Meadows Wildlife Area in Grantsburg, Wis. and take part in a brand new bird club and fall bike tour.
The Peregrine Fund's World Center for Birds of Prey Annual Fall Flights
The air is getting cooler and crisper, which means it's time for Fall Flights presented by The Peregrine Fund's World Center for Birds of Prey in Boise, Idaho. Every weekend this October, see our education birds fly outdoors, where they swoop and soar over the heads of delighted audiences to show off their amazing aerial skills.

Trinidad and Tobago Launch Bird Guide at American Birding Expo
Trinidad and Tobago launched the "Discovering the Birds of Trinidad and Tobago" bird-watching guide at the inaugural American Birding Expo (ABE), Oct. 2 to 4, in Columbus, Ohio.

Madison Audubon Receives C.D. Besadny Conservation Grant
The C.D. Besadny Conservation Grant program, managed by the Wisconsin Natural Resources Foundation, provides matching small grants to support projects in Wisconsin that promote the responsible stewardship of Wisconsin's natural resources at the local level.

Celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week from Oct. 11–17
To celebrate the nation's enduring connections to the natural world and the unique ways nature touches everyone's lives, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is celebrating National Wildlife Refuge Week from October 11-17, 2015.

Three Appointed to The Nature Conservancy Board of Directors
The Nature Conservancy this week announced the appointment of Senator Bill Frist, Vin Ryan, Brenda Shapiro and Ying Wu as new members of its global Board of Directors.

Cotton Carrier Announces Autumn Sale
Photographers and holiday shoppers can enjoy big savings on selected products from Cotton Carrier during their Autumn Sale, running now through Oct. 31.

Wiley 'Dub' Lyon Receives 2015 Refuge System Volunteer of the Year Award
Wiley 'Dub' Lyon has received the National Wildlife Refuge Association's 2015 Volunteer of the Year Award in recognition of his exemplary service to Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge in Texas.
Lincoln, Neb. Wild Bird Habitat Store Honored at Wild Bird Expo
The Wild Bird Habitat Store in Lincoln, Neb. was selected as the "Best Store with a Birding Emphasis" from among thousands of backyard feeding specialty stores across the U.S. and Canada at this year's Wild Bird Expo, held last week in Mexico, Mo.

Transient Wintering Bird Detection Requires Different Methods
In a new study published in The Auk: Ornithological Advances, researchers found that common survey methods for some species in the winter don't accurately portray the whole population because they don't account for transient birds.

Gift Provides Permanent Support For Kansas Wetlands Education Center
The Kansas Wetlands Education Center (KWEC) recently received a generous gift from Duane Shook, a nature enthusiast and longtime friend of Fort Hays State University (FHSU). Shook provided a life income gift of $450,000 to create the Duane Shook Kansas Wetlands Education Center Endowed Fund.
Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas Survey Releases First-Season Findings
Information gathered in the first season by more than 700 volunteers documenting bird breeding activity in Wisconsin found an impressive array of birds in the state, including eight species nesting here that weren't found 15 years ago.
Iowa WMA and State Park Becoming Bird Conservation Areas
A public ceremony to dedicate Lake Sugema Wildlife Management Area, Lacey-Keosauqua State Park, Shimek State Forest Keosauqua Unit, and a portion of the Fox River watershed as Iowa's newest Bird Conservation Area (BCA) will take place on Oct. 15.
BP Settlement Targets Restoration Funds for Florida
"Florida appears to have fared well in the settlement with BP," said Audubon Florida executive director Eric Draper. "Florida's share of natural resource damage funds seem appropriately targeted toward water quality improvements and restoring wildlife in Florida's coastal areas."

The Birding Wire Photo Gallery

A female Gambel's Quail is perched on a mesquite limb for an early morning silhouette from Birding Wire editor J.R. Absher and taken near his Las Palomas, NM home in August. Technical: Canon 7D with Canon EF 75-300 lens, ISO 500, f/18 at 1/200 sec.


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First American Birding Expo in The Books
Attendees of the inaugural American Birding Expo could test the latest optics, on site.
An event that was embraced by those in the birding, travel and optics industry with great enthusiasm and anticipation, the inaugural American Birding Expo held Oct. 2-4 in Columbus, Ohio, is now history. And, despite less-than-ideal weather conditions for the mostly indoor and tent-based event during two of three days, the general consensus among exhibitors and attendees alike was favorable.

Make that VERY favorable.

Organized and hosted by Ohio-based Bird Watcher's Digest, the American Birding Association, and the Grange Insurance Audubon Center, the American Birding Expo had been in the planning stages for at least two years before it finally became a reality.

At least 1,100 pre-registered for the Expo, and while an accurate attendance and head count was not possible because of the show's logistics, it is likely that the numbers met and exceeded those who registered early.

Admission to the event was free.

Attendees could try out the latest binoculars, spotting scopes and other optics, while picking the brains of representatives from all the major manufacturers, many whom are birding enthusiasts and photographers themselves. And yes, products could be purchased on site – though most company representatives admitted they were content with tire-kicking and lots of product-related questions and answers.

Organizers acknowledge the expo was modeled to a great degree after a hugely popular English festival called Birdfair, commonly called the birdwatchers' Glastonbury, a reference to the annual British music festival. With more than 300 exhibitors, ten of thousands attended the 27th annual Birdwatching Fair held at Rutland Water in August, while raising nearly $4 millions for bird conservation efforts.

Major company reps and experts were on hand to answer questions.
Photos: J.R.Absher
It's not that there aren't annual events in the U.S. where birding enthusiasts gather and can meet with optics reps and birding tour agents, but all are associated with bird festivals where there are other activities taking place – namely birding.

"At the festivals, people are there to go birding, first and foremost," explained Clay Taylor, Naturalist Markets Manager for Swarovski Optik and an accomplished photographer and digiscoping expert. Taylor said he was very pleased with the Columbus event, and optimistic it could grow significantly larger and perhaps take place in different cities in the future.

First its first year, the American Birding Expo featured more than 80 vendors from nearly 30 countries and as many states. In addition to optics companies, book vendors and artists, exhibitors represented many of the world's top birding destinations, including New Zealand, Argentina, Honduras, Panama, Guatemala, Chile, Uganda, Papua New Guinea, and dozens more.

"There's never been a commercial North American show of this size devoted exclusively to birders and nature lovers," said Bird Watcher's Digest editor Bill Thompson, III, who headed the Expo organizing team. "We feel that this is a wonderful opportunity for consumers to interact directly with the companies, organizations, and destinations that really want their business. It's also an excellent opportunity for the birding business community to market directly, face-to-face with nature-oriented consumers."

No one, including Thompson and Taylor, expects the American Birding Expo to overtake Britain's Birdfair with attendance numbers any time soon. But most agree it is high time an activity as widespread and popular and bird watching — and consumer driven — should have its own major annual show.

And here at The Birding Wire, we couldn't agree more.

- J.R. Absher

Oct. 8 - Oct. 11
Oct. 10
33rd Annual Crane Fest
Crex Meadows Wildlife Center, Grantsburg, Wis.
Oct. 10 - Oct. 11
Oct. 10 - Oct. 11
Cranefest XXI
Bellevue, Mich.
Oct. 16 - Oct. 18
Nantucket Birding Weekend
Linda Loring Foundation, Nantucket Island, Mass.
Oct. 18 - Oct. 24
"Ding" Darling Days
Sanibel Island, Fla.
Oct. 28 - Nov. 1
Nov. 4 - Nov. 8
Nov. 13 - Nov. 15
California Swan Festival
Marysville, Calif.
Nov. 17 - Nov. 22
Festival of the Cranes
Bosque del Apache NWR, San Antonio, NM
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