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YOUR TURN: Species & Subspecies

The October 2014 issue of Birder’s Guide to Listing & Taxonomy features an article by Morgan Churchill titled “Species & Subspecies: A Brief History”. Within, he relates the history of bird classification, from Linnaeus to the present day. If you’ve ever struggled to understand what the Phylogenetic Species Concept is, or why something is a subspecies and not a species, I encourage you to read Morgan’s article. He explains these concepts in relatively simple, easy-to-unerstand terms.

You’ll also come across some fun facts. Did you know that some species, such as Pomarine Jaeger and Italian Sparrow, probably started out as hybrids? Really!

Do you have a question for the author? A comment about the article? I courage you to offer them in the comment section, below. And remember, you can access all of this issue of Birder’s Guide online, and it’s totally free! Just click on the image below.

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Michael Retter
Michael L. P. Retter is the editor of the ABA's newest magazine, Birder's Guide. He also wears his ABA cap while working as a Technical Reviewer for Birding magazine. When not at home, Michael is often leading tours in Middle America (Mexico through Panama). He currently lives with his fiancé, Matt, in Fort Worth, Texas. In his fleeting free time there, he pursues interests in horticulture (especially orchids), music, cooking, and numismatics. Michael also runs GBNA, the continent's informal club and email list for LGBT birders.
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