We start off the August 2015 issue with a farewell of sorts to the Budgerigar. If you were birding in the mid- to late 20th century, then you probably remember that the “Budgie” was one of the most numerous and most readily gotten of all exotic bird species in the ABA Area. No more. The species is gone as an established breeder. In a feature article in the August 2015 issue, Florida bird expert and ABA Checklist Committee Chairman Bill Pranty chronicles the decline of the Budgerigar and speculates about the cause of the species’ disappearance from our area.
One of the great joys of birding is achieving some “milestone”–100 species in your local patch, 300 species in your state, 500 species in the ABA Area, etc. And one of the benefits of and ABA membership is a platform for sharing with ABA members your recent birding milestones. If you have a milestone to share, please contact Birding Editor Ted Floyd (tfloyd “at” aba “dot” org), and he’ll work with you on getting your milestone into print. Please include with your submission the date and location, the species, and, last but not least, your name. We love photos! If you have a photo of your milestone bird, please send that along. For best results (in other words, to ensure speedy publication of your milestone), please carefully follow the style of recent installments of the “Milestones” column. Just go to p. 12 in the August issue or browse the milestones in the online edition.
What do you think about content in Birding magazine? ABA members have never been shy about expressing their opinions on Birding. And with the advent on online social media, there is more opportunity than ever before to discuss the magazine. The best way, we think, is to join the conversations that play out at The ABA Blog. Conversations about content in the August 2015 Birding revolve around Tony Leukering’s analysis of the Featured Photo, Diana Doyle’s review of non-birding apps that happen to important for birding, and Pete Dunne’s and Don Freiday’s commentaries on birding in the digital era.
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