North American Birds2021-01-21T16:05:07-05:00

In Memoriam

Edward S. “Ned” Brinkley (1965–2020)
Editor, North American Birds (2001–2017)

We at the ABA were extremely saddened to learn of the sudden passing of Edward S. “Ned” Brinkley in Ecuador on Sunday 22 November 2020. Ned served as editor of North American Birds from 2001 to 2017 and was undoubtedly one of the sharpest ornithological minds on the continent. All of us have benefitted from his knowledge and insight over the decades, and his departure leaves a deep void within the ornithological community. A fuller tribute to Ned is scheduled to appear next month in vol. 71 no. 2 of North American Birds. We wish to offer our heartfelt condolences to Ned’s family and friends, who are many.

North American Birds is the longstanding journal of ornithological record for birders across North America, from Alaska 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, identification, and behavioral issues, making North American Birds a journal of 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.

The journal happily accepts manuscripts for consideration. Contact Editor Michael L. P. Retter at [email protected].

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Associate Editors
Adam M. Byrne
Amar Ayyash
Sheridan Coffey
Alvaro Jaramillo
Jenna McCullough


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Mary Gustafson

Online Regional Reports
Ted Floyd
Greg Neise
Amy Davis
Byron Swift

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Jan Hall
Dean Shoup

Regional Editors
A network of the continent’s preeminent field ornithologists works tirelessly to collect and present noteworthy bird sightings in the online Regional Reports.

These Regional Editors include Christian Artuso, Yves Aubrey, Margaret Bain, Pierre Bannon, Olivier Barden, Michael Brothers, Michael V. A. Burrell, Adam M. Byrne, Roberto Carmona, Eric Carpenter, Chris Charlesworth, C. Dwight Cooley, Paul E. Conover, Normand David, Jeff N. Davis, Samuel Denault, James J. Dinsmore, Andrew Dobson, Joe Eades, Cameron D. Eckert, Richard A. Erickson, Rob Fowler, Matthew Fraker, Rick Fridell, Kimball L. Garrett, Lawrence Gardella, Joseph A. Grzybowski, Greg Hanisek, James Hengeveld, Adrian Hinkle, Greg D. Jackson, Tom Johnson, Rudolf F. Koes, Oliver Komar, Blake A. Mann, Ron E. Martin, Guy McCaskie,Steve McConnell, Keith A. McMullen, Ryan Merrill, Shaibal S. Mitra, Francis L. Moore, Kenny Nichols, Robert L. Norton, Ellison Orcutt, Robert O. Paxton, Wayne R. Peterson, Randy Pinkston, Tom Reed, Michael M. Rogers, Frank Rohrbacher, Stephen C. Rottenborn, Jon Ruddy, Gorgonio Ruiz-Campos, David Seeler, Willie Sekula, Dean Shoup, W. Ross Silcock, Chris Sloan, Dan Svingen, Peder Svingen, Lance Tanino, Peter Taylor, Thede Tobish, John A. Trent, David Trochlell, Joshua P. Uffman, John van Dort, Brad Waggoner, Sartor O. Williams III, and Geoffrey A. Williamson

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