In “Birding Together,” ABA President Jeffrey A. Gordon invites birders to explore questions of identity and agenda as they relate to the Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, better known as the “Duck Stamp.” Read Gordon’s article [0.8-megabyte PDF download], and join the conversation online.
Recent technological advances have had inarguable consequences for birder identity and for the birding agenda. In an essay in the July/August issue [1.4-megabyte download],Birding Editor Ted Floyd ponders twelve years of change in birding (the hobby) and atBirding (the magazine). Is all this change good or bad? Folks are discussing it at The ABA Blog, and we welcome your input. Left: Two different ways of representing the Olive-sided Flycatcher’s “Hic! Free Beer!” song.
On October 16th of this year, a birding team from the Louisiana State University (LSU) Museum of Natural Science will set out to break the world Big Day record: 331 species, set more than 30 years ago. In a feature article in the July/August Birding [4.3-megabyte download], Gregg Gorton introduces us to the LSU team and interprets the conservation and scientific backdrop for their run at the Big Day record.
Follow the team as it prepares for the Big Day. Click here to learn about their route and strategies, click here to learn about research supported in part by funds raised through the Big Day effort, and click here to sponsor the team.
Update! They did it!Click here to read about the LSU team’s new World Big Day record.
Bird ID. If there’s one constant on the pages of Birding magazine, it’s bird identification—not just how to put a name on a bird, but analysis, interpretation, and even a bit of philosophy. It’s a central part of “The Birding Agenda” mentioned above. And so it is in the current issue of Birding.
Bird ID content in the July/August issue is highlighted by articles on godwits, nightjars, and even a “Townsend’s Bunting.” For the challenge of identifying nightjars by sight, click here. To learn about a new field mark for separating Black-tailed and Hudsonian Godwits, click here. And if you’re dying to learn what the heck a Townsend’s Bunting is (one was seen in Ontario earlier in the year), click here.