One of the many great things about birding is that it’s very egalitarian—birds are accessible to almost everyone. That goes for birding travel, too. You seldom have to go far to see something cool that you can’t find at home. A winter walk just a mile down the street from my house in Fort Worth, Texas guarantees sightings of American Wigeon, Gadwall, Lesser Scaup, and Ring-necked Duck—birds that remain off my yard list even after 8 years. Once, while out for a jog, I even found a Mottled Duck, which was a local rarity!
If you live in Duluth, Minnesota, you could likewise see exciting birds by traveling a short distance to the Lake Superior shoreline, where ducks, such as Common Merganser, congregate, and where Snowy Owls appear without fail every winter. In this issue, Erik Bruhnke shares his tips for where to see these and other exciting wintertime birds in the Duluth area. In addition, he writes about a couple other locations not far out of the city. In Sax–Zim Bog, you can see Great Gray Owls and Boreal Chickadees. In Two Harbors, you could find a Harlequin Duck or even a Boreal Owl. In fact, the only one I’ve ever seen was there!
The ABA strives to make heard the voices of historically marginalized and under-represented groups in birding, and—to be blunt—the lack of diversity among our authors is concerning. We urgently want and need to hear more and varied perspectives in these pages.
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However and wherever you travel, I wish you a safe, happy, and bird-filled trip!
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