It's been an exciting month at the ABA Blog, not least of which because of the long-awaited announcement of the new Bird of the Year for 2012, that charismatic finch, known by latin enthusiasts as Twilight Kernal-shatterer and by the rest of us as Evening Grosbeak.
The announcement itself was big news, but equally important were those who will be working to make this BOTY a success, including but certainly not limited to coordinator Robert Mortenson and cover artist Julie Zickefoose. Look for BOTY content in the ABA's print media as well as here on the blog. In fact, Laura Erickson has already kicked things off with a well-researched piece on why, exactly, might we be seeing Evening Grosbeaks less often anymore.
Ted Eubanks eulogizes a Texas birding legend, tries to quantify the worth of a bird in a public space to a nation like the United States, and illustrates how conservation as a political football is a game played by both political parties, to our detriment.
Birding editor Ted Floyd shares his favorite bird, which just so happens to be a planet, and instigates a discussion on gadget field etiquette that crosses from the magazine to the blog and back again.
Paul Hess shares some good news in the way of regulators cracking down on reptile trafficking in Florida that has brought destructive new predators to that ecosystem, and some big changes coming soon to your field guides concerning raptors.
Ann Nightingale puts on her flame-proof coat and wades into the world of cat-bird relations (and no, it's not the Mimid).
Noah Strycker is victim to the scourge of the neotropic ornithologist, the parasitic botfly, and shares all.
Books reviewed by Rick Wright include De Boer, et al's Birds of Aruba, Curacao, and Bonaire, Lovitch's How to be a Better Birder, and Dutson's Birds of Melanasia.
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