Great Birding Projects

- an approach to bird-related editing, education, tourism, and marketing


About Us


Great Birding Projects is an effort to sustain a creative approach to bird-related editing, education, tourism, and marketing.


Contact information:


Great Birding Projects

P.O. Box 404

Oxon Hill, MD 20750 

    (410) 992-9736



Paul J. Baicich (pronounced "Base-itch") launched GBP. He has been an active conservationist and birder since his early teens in New York City.  A former employee of the American Birding Association, he edited 14 of their "ABA Birdfinding Guides," edited Birding, ABA's bi-monthly magazine, and served as ABA's Director of Conservation and Public Policy.


His concerns include an abiding interest in bird conservation and studies in the breeding biology of North American birds.  In this last regard, he has co-authored (with the late Colin Harrison) A Guide to the Nests, Eggs, and Nestlings of North American Birds (1997). Paul also has co-led a number of birding tours and workshops to Alaska.  These Alaska destinations include the Aleutians, the Pribilofs, the Seward Peninsula, and St. Lawrence Island.


He writes regularly for birding magazines, including Bird Watchers Digest.

Paul has an ongoing familiarity with bird-compatible shade-coffee issues, having written and spoken on the subject and having visited coffee country multiple times (e.g., Nicaragua and Costa Rica). His work in this area support ethical and bird-compatible coffee consumption. His knowledge of the language, history, and customs of these countries add to Paul's abilities and effectiveness.


He served as chair of the Bird Education Network  (BEN) for two years, and currently serves on the Management Board of the Prairie Pothole Joint Venture, prioritizing bird-conservation issues in the Northern Great Plains. He is also on the board of the Friends of the Migratory Bird/Duck Stamp.


Paul has worked for top-end optics companies, and he has consulted for the National Wildlife Refuge System on issues of popular birding and parallel refuge receptiveness. In addition, Paul co-edits (with Wayne Petersen) the popular monthly Birding Community E-bulletin.

In 2014, Paul received the Ducks Unlimited "Wetland Conservation Achievement Award" in the category of Communications.

Paul co-authored Feeding Wild Birds in America: Culture, Commerce, and Conservation (Texas A&M University Press, 2015) with Margaret A. Barker and Carrol L. Henderson.

Paul directs Great Birding Projects as a vehicle to promote a creative approach to bird-related editing, education, tourism, and marketing. It is not "strictly birding," and it is not "strictly conservation." Paul works with colleagues to make GBP function as a bridge to an innovative engagement between people and birds.

A sampling of Paul's articles can be accessed here:

"Duck Stamp? Why Us?" from the June 2015 issue of Bird Observer

"Birds Back from the Brink" from the September/October 2014 issue of Bird Watcher's Digest

"80 Years of the Duck Stamp" from the August/September 2014 issue of Outdoors Unlimited
"The Birds-and-Rice Connection" from the July/August 2013 issue of Bird Watcher's Digest
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