It’s late winter, and eBird range maps are starting to light up with records of Rufous Hummingbirds migrating north along North America’s Pacific slope. With this issue of Birding, we welcome the ABA 2014 Bird of the Year, the Rufous Hummingbird. In the print version of the magazine, you’ll find your 2014 Bird of the Year stickers, a Bird of the Year coloring page (a first for Birding), a thorough and enlightening interview with Bird of the Year artist John Sill, and Sill’s painting, “Meadow Beauties,” commissioned for the ABA. Right: John Sill’s watercolor painting, “Meadow Beauties,” graces the cover of the January/February 2014 Birding.
Your Letters. In this issue of Birding, all of the letters to the editor touch in one way or another on the ethics of birding. Our behaviors have consequences—for the birds themselves, for our human companions, and for the entire birding community. What do you consider to be some of the important ethical questions for 21st-century ABAers? Join the conversation at The ABA Blog.
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