Birding Online: June 2022

Associate Editor, Birding magazine

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Welcome to Birding Online! Here, all ABA members can access the extended online content from the June 2022 issue of Birding magazine. The complete issue, containing both print and online content, can be found here.

Tina Survilla Lindell in Prospect Park, Brooklyn. Photo by (c) Claudine Williams.

On the cover, Tina Survilla Lindell scans Brooklyn’s Prospect Park for spring migrants. Tina is one of ten women birders who were interviewed and photographed in New York by Claudine Williams in “The Women Birders of New York City.” Meeting other birders, hearing their stories, and sharing favorite memories has always been one of my favorite parts of birding, and this piece was a fun way to do exactly that in a city across the country from me.

The ABA is excited to announce that we finally, finally, have an online archive of every single publication the ABA has ever published. Are you looking for an article that you loved in 1972? Are you doing research on something birdy, and want to see everything we’ve got? Are you curious how our publications have changed over the years? The ABA Publications Archive is your one-stop resource for all of it. Click here to get to the Archives, and click here to flip open to Ted Floyd’s commentary on how this amazing project came to be. If you are not an ABA member yet, and you would like to explore the publications of years past, you can join the ABA as an eMember for only $30/year right here.

Jennie Duberstein, ABA’s Young Birder Liasion, was recently awarded two professional commendations: the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Southwest Region’s Innovator of the Year Award, and the Linnaean Society of New York’s Eisenmann Medal. I had the privilege of meeting Jennie at ABA’s Camp Colorado in 2013, and she has always been a kind and compassionate person who cares deeply for science and young birders. Jennie deserves every accolade she gets, and more. You can read more about Jennie and her work here.

June’s Birding interview is with Sheri L. Williamson, renowned hummingbird bander, field guide author, and Director at the Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory. Click here to read what we’ve learned about hummingbirds in the last 20-30 years, what makes August so special in Arizona, and more.

In June’s Feature Articles, we visit a few different ecosystems. Randi Minetor explores how pastures used for livestock can also support breeding grassland birds, such as Bobolinks. Ashrith Kandula shares thoughtful tips on how to photograph beach birds in dynamic ways. And Stuart Winter bridges the Atlantic Ocean by comparing American and British birding slang.

This month’s Featured Photo is a collaborative piece from Noah Frade, Bill Pranty, Valeri Ponzo, and Michelle Davis. They chronicle the first known case of hybridization between Yellow-green and Black-whiskered vireos, as seen in Biscayne National Park, Florida. You can read the extended piece, including a table of all Yellow-green Vireo sightings in Florida through 2021, here.

As always, the Book & Media Reviews expand to their full length online. Click here to flip open to the first page of the reviews in the online issue. In June,

  • Melissa T. Yang reviews “A Pocket Guide to Pigeon Watching: Getting to Know the World’s Most Misunderstood Bird,” by Rosemary Mosco.
  • Chelsea Connor reviews “Flights of Passage: An Illustrated Natural History of Bird Migration,” by Mike Unwin and David Tipling.
  • Rebecca Heisman reviews “Bird versus Bulldozer: A Quarter-Century Conservation Battle in a Biodiversity Hotspot,” by Audrey L. Mayer.

We hope you enjoy the issue, and the new Archives! Until next time, happy birding.