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About the Author: Michael Retter

Michael L. P. Retter is Editor of North American Birds, Special Issues Editor of Birding magazine, and past editor of Birder’s Guide--all magazines published by the American Birding Association. He is also author of the ABA Field Guide to Birds of Illinois and the upcoming Princeton University Press Photographic Guide to 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.

Checklist Supplement Redux, v. 2022

By |August 3rd, 2022|Listing and Taxonomy|

Michael L. P. Retter Fort Worth, Texas Every summer, birders anxiously await publication of the “Check-list Supplement” by the American Ornithological Society’s (AOS) Committee on Classification and Nomenclature of North and Middle American Birds (a.k.a. NACC). The supplement details revisions to the NACC’s Check-list of North American Birds. Presented here is a rundown of this year’s more significant revisions. You can read the supplement itself in Ornithology by clicking here. Nowadays, it can be assumed that any change in taxonomy is due (at least partly) to analysis of new genetic data, so that is not always mentioned here. read more >>

North American Birds: Vol. 73, No. 1

By |June 15th, 2022|North American Birds|

This issue of NAB prominently features an in-depth look and reanalysis of plumage aberrations by Hein van Grouw, a widely renowned expert on the topic. NAB Regional Report Publication Editor Randi Minetor summarizes and explains the recent blitzkrieg of Limpkins across the southeastern United States. Chrissy Kondrat, who studies Bendire’s Thrashers professionally, offers her tips for identifying them in the field.

Birding Online: May 2022

By |May 19th, 2022|Birding Magazine|

Welcome to the very first Birder’s Guide to Gardening Special Issue of Birding! This issue is likely quite different from anything you’ve seen from the ABA in the past. Rather than the standard handful of beefy feature articles heavily concentrating on birds, this issue comprises a series of essays from wildlife gardeners spread out over the ABA Area.

North American Birds: Vol. 72, No. 2

By |January 4th, 2022|North American Birds|

Highly lauded field guide author David Sibley starts off our printed content with notes on the first known U.S. records and the identification of “Cozumel” Bananaquits. Oliver Komar presents results of his study on the field identification Pacific Parakeet and its close Middle American relatives. The Finch Research Network team reports on the 2020–2021 winter finch invasion. And as usual, we round out the fall issue of the magazine with the annual ABA Checklist Committee Report.

Birding Online: December 2021

By |January 4th, 2022|Birding Magazine|

As the pandemic eases, many of us are sliding back into travel, whether that means a long day trip, a weekend of camping, or even flying to an international destination—along with mandatory COVID testing, vaccine card checks, and even quarantine. Likewise, after a nearly two-year hiatus, the Birder’s Guide to Travel Special Issue of Birding is back!

Birding Online July 2021

By |July 30th, 2021|Birding Magazine|

Different photographers have different aesthetics and different goals. From birds in urban landscapes to feeder setups, from birds in flight to in-depth long-term studies of individuals, this issue showcases the diverse facets of bird photography, the people who engage in them, and the stunning images they acquire.

The 2021 AOS Supplement is out!

By |June 25th, 2021|Listing and Taxonomy|

Every summer, birders anxiously await publication of the “Check-list Supplement” by the American Ornithological Society’s Committee on Classification and Nomenclature of North and Middle American Birds (a.k.a. the NACC). The supplement (available linked to here eventually) details revisions to the NACC’s Check-list. Here's a rundown of the more significant revisions.

North American Birds: Vol. 71, No. 2

By |January 20th, 2021|North American Birds|

With regional reports appearing online, we are able to offer more feature content in the printed issues than ever before. This 80-page issue is chock-full of exciting articles, including two you may be used to seeing in the pages of Birding magazine: the ABA Checklist Committee’s annual report and the Check-list Redux.

The 2020 AOS Supplement is out!

By |June 30th, 2020|Listing and Taxonomy|

Every summer, birders anxiously await publication of the “Check-list Supplement” by the American Ornithological Society’s Committee on Classification and Nomenclature of North and Middle American Birds (a.k.a. the NACC). The supplement details revisions to the NACC’s Check-list.

North American Birds: Vol. 71, No. 1

By |May 19th, 2020|North American Birds|

Your Content Goes Here MICHAEL L. P. RETTER Editor, North American Birds It is with great excitement that I write this as the new editor of North American Birds. I also write with great humility. Producing the continent's journal of ornithological record is no small responsibility, and I take it very seriously. Besides ensuring that the magazine is produced on a timely schedule, I have a vision for where I’d like to steer the ship in the coming years. First, I should stress that I am committed to NAB retaining an emphasis on avian status and distribution. read more >>

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