We Want Your Feedback!
by Ted Floyd
The January/February 2013 issue of Birding has gone to press. ABA members, watch your mailboxes! Content in the Jan./Feb. issue includes: feature articles on Lesser Black-backed Gulls (Amar Ayyash), Common Black-Hawks (Charles Babbitt), and young birder clubs (Chad Williams); regular columns by Diana Doyle, Amy Davis, Rick Wright, Tom Johnson, and Noah Strycker; lively letters to the editor and a spirited “Birding Interview”; an extravagant Bird of the Year rollout (including your 2013 stickers); and, more than ever before, extensive online content.
It’s that last item—online content—I’m writing about right now.
In between your hopeful visits to the mailbox, could you do me a favor? Would you be so kind as to check out all the content in the most-recent (November 2012) issue of Birding? We’ve tweaked a few things, improved functionality, and even, ahem, fixed a typo or two. If you haven’t checked out Nov. 2012 online content since, well, early December, then you’ve missed these updates and improvements.
On the one hand, we’re exceedingly pleased with the tremendous recent expansion of online offerings for Birding magazine. Online content for the Nov. 2012 issue includes everything from audio of Evening Grosbeaks (Aaron Haiman) and nocturnal flight calls (Andrew Farnsworth) to full-length feature articles (Rosemary Kramer) to comprehensive book reviews (multiple writers) to extensive and intensive interactive discussion (you!) about birding, Birding, and the ABA.
On the other hand, we harbor no illusions of, or even pretensions to, perfection. But that’s not going to stop us from endeavoring to make our online content even stronger. David Hartley, Nate Swick, Rick Wright, Ed Rother, and I hope that online content for 2013, starting with the imminent Jan./Feb. 2013 issue, surpasses what we offered in 2012.
Back to that favor: Would you go back to the online content for the Nov. 2012 issue, and give us your feedback? That’s what the comments section, below, is for. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Birding is a members’ magazine. We take very seriously the input of our members.
With regard to online content for Birding, the horse is out of the barn. There’s no going back. But there’s plenty more to be done. Please, please, please: Help us all to make our Birding magazine better than ever. I look forward to hearing from you. Check out all the online content for the Nov. 2012 issue, and let us know what you think.
You’ll make a difference.