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You’re not going to believe this, but I’m going to be exceedingly brief in this blog post. Here’s the deal: I’d like you to click on this link to a .PDF of Diana Doyle’s commentary in the current (March 2012) issue of Birding magazine. Or, if you’d prefer, do it the old-fashioned way: Just whip out your copy of the March 2012 issue, turn to p. 56, and start reading.

Ed Rother - Cluster of AppsI’m confident that it’s impossible that you won’t have at least some sort of reaction to something, somewhere, in Diana’s commentary. I mean, just the title of her commentary—“Good Birders Don’t Flash White iPhones: iEtiquette in the Field”—pushes half a dozen buttons I can think of!

Once again, click on this link to get to Diana’s commentary.

And then enter your comments below. Who knows—Maybe the ABA Code of Birding Ethics will be amended as a result of the discussion here at The ABA Blog. Or perhaps your local park or refuge will change its policy about the use of playback. And I can tell you this: I know for a fact that some of the app designers are paying attention.

Go for it! Enter your comments below, and together we just might impact the future of birding.

 

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Ted Floyd

Ted Floyd

Editor, Birding magazine at American Birding Association
Ted Floyd is the Editor of Birding magazine, and he is broadly involved in other programs and initiatives of the ABA. He is the author of more than 100 magazine and journal articles, and has written four recent books, including an ABA title, the ABA Guide to Birds of Colorado. Floyd is a frequent speaker at birding festivals and state ornithological society meetings, and he has served on the boards of several nonprofit organizations. Mainly, he listens to birds at night.
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