North American Birds is the longstanding journal of ornithological record for birders all across North America, from Alaska and Greenland to Panama and the West Indies. The journal’s mission has been to provide an overview of the changing panorama of the continent’s birdlife—that is, avian status and distribution. More recently, the journal’s scope has expanded to include taxonomy, nomenclature, and identification, making North American Birds a journal of more general North American field ornithology.
Until recently, regional reports, which highlight noteworthy bird records in sub-regions of the continent, made up the bulk of the printed magazine. However, starting with 2016 data, these reports are now being housed online. This has distinct advantages over the old system: Regional reports can now appear lightning-fast rather than with a delay of many months, they can now be easily searched, and they can now feature more photos, as space on the printed page is no longer a concern. Read more about the regional reports here.
Your subscription to North American Birds will help you to become a better birder by ensuring you are kept up-to-date on cutting edge identification strategies, range expansions, vagrancy patterns, and much more.
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The journal happily accepts manuscripts for consideration. Contact Editor Michael L. P. Retter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Earlier issues of North American Birds are available at the following links:
- Biodiversity Heritage Library
- SORA (University of New Mexico Searchable Ornithological Research Archive)
An Overview of Early Fall 2022 Southern Rockies Irruptions and a Primer on Bird Irruptions
Some folks lament the transition into cold weather seasons, as days grow shorter and nights dip toward frigid temperatures, but for many birders, fall and winter provide an opportunity to observe a fascinating and sometimes unpredictable phenomenon: dispersal and migration following the breeding season.
Michael L. P. Retter
Jon L. Dunn
Steve N. G. Howell
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Field Ornithology Editor
Regional Report Compilers
A network of the continent’s preeminent field ornithologists works tirelessly to collect and present noteworthy bird sightings in the online Regional Reports.
Chris Andersen, Pierre Bannon, Olivier Barden, Matt Baumann, Michael Brothers, Alvan Buckley, Adam Capparelli, John Carlson, Eric Carpenter, Chris Charlesworth, Paul E. Conover, Normand David, Amy Davis, Jeff N. Davis, Samuel Denault, James J. Dinsmore, Stephen J. Dinsmore, Andrew Dobson, Ryan Douglas, Alex Eberts, Corey Ellingson, Richard A. Erickson, Johan Fine, James Fox, Matthew E. Fraker, Lawrence Gardella, Kimball L. Garrett, Allen Gatham, Aaron Graham, Joseph A. Grzybowski, Greg Hanisek, Eric Heisey, James Hengeveld, Adrian Hinkle, Christopher Hinkle, Greg D. Jackson, Josh Jackson, Rich Jackson, Tom Johnson, Logan Kahle, Andrew Keaveney, Rudolf F. Koes, Oliver Komar, Anthony Levesque, William Marengo, Gerardo Marrón, Ron E. Martin, Guy McCaskie, Keith A. McMullen, Shaibal S. Mitra, Francis L. Moore, Kenny Nichols, Ellison Orcutt, Robert O. Paxton, Wayne R. Petersen, Michael M. Rogers, Frank Rohrbacher, Jen Rothe, Stephen C. Rottenborn, Aaron Rusak, Larry Sansone, David Sarkozi, David Seeler, Dean Shoup, W. Ross Silcock, Chris Sloan, Colin Stempien, Andrew Theus, Thede Tobish, John A. Trent, Joshua P. Uffman, Raymond L. VanBuskirk, John van Dort, Alex Wang, Geoffrey A. Williamson, Enrique Zamora-Hernández.
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