Michael L. P. Retter is the editor of North American Birds magazine, editor of special issues of Birding magazine, and past editor of Birder’s Guide magazine. He is also author of the ABA Field Guide to Birds of Illinois and a tour leader for BRANT Nature Tours. During college, Michael took regular road trips with friends into Mexico during holiday vacations and has been tourleading there ever since. He is currently putting his knowledge of the area's birds to paper by writing an upcoming Princeton identification guide to the birds of Mexico, Guatemala, and Belize. Michael runs QBNA, the continent’s email list and informal club for LGBTQ+ birders. He currently lives and gardens in Fort Worth, Texas.