Welcome to Birding Online! From this page, all ABA members can access the extended online content from the February 2018 issue of Birding magazine. The complete issue, containing both print and online content, can be found at:
I’m sure all of you members have known for months, so this won’t surprise any of you, but still! The 2018 Bird of the Year is the Iiwi, one of Hawaii’s mesmerizing honeycreeper species. As always, you will find lots of Iiwi goodies in this issue: stickers, coloring pages, a word search, the gorgeous cover itself, and thoughts on our newest celebrity from the ABA President, Jeff A. Gordon. My personal favorite is always reading the artist’s thoughts on their cover. If you love that too, you can click here to flip straight to H. Douglas Pratt’s interview about this painting, his connection to Hawaii, and his ideas of how we can support conservation in Hawaii. If you want to know even more about the Iiwi, you can also visit the ABA’s Bird of the Year website!
And as a nice little teaser, Jeff wrote in his Birding Together address that “throughout 2018, we’ll be featuring one species of Hawaiian bird in each issue of Birding.” There’s a lot to look forward to!
In other news (and notes… ba dum tch), Nick Minor brings us extended online content for News & Notes! Click here to hop straight into the fray of his updates on gull taxonomy. In all honesty, I am no expert on gulls. I love them! But that love does not translate into expertise. This extended content presents a chance for people all over the spectrum, from novices like me to the gull experts among us, to get updated on who’s who in the world of gulls. Also, check out those beautiful photographs by Greg Neise and Amar Ayyash!
February’s Featured Photo took me completely by surprise. Anybody else? This issue’s photo and story are brought to us by Birding‘s own Editor, Ted Floyd, and photographer extraordinaire, Mia McPherson. It’s a good reminder to always keep your eyes open and your wits about you! You can take a peek at the authors’ perspective in the issue by clicking here, or you can join the conversation on the ABA Blog by clicking here.
And of course I have to take a quick moment to mention this – you can even read some of my writing in this issue! Click here to read (and, I hope, enjoy) my love song to natural history museums. Please feel free to let me know what you think! If you have a favorite natural history museum, too, I’d love to hear all about it!
Birding is a force for good in our society. Learning and sharing about birds translates into concern for birds and the environment, and the American Birding Association provides resources and community for all people interested in birds!