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SNEAK PEEK! Birder’s Guide to Listing & Taxonomy, 2015

Screen Shot 2015-10-05 at 2.55.07 AMThe 2015 issue of Birder’s Guide to Listing & Taxonomy is now being printed. That means that, if you’re an ABA member, you should find it in your mailbox in the next couple weeks. But you don’t have to wait until then to see what’s inside. And neither do non-members. You can see the entirety of this issue of Birder’s Guide online right now. Just click here.

This issue’s stunning cover (painted by Luke Seitz) features an array of species whose taxonomic fortunes changed this year. Those changes are explained in the annual Check-list Redux”. An another article, ornithologist and ABA Recording Standards and Ethics Committee Secretary, Nick Block, offers a look inside how taxonomists analyze phylogenetic trees to determine what appears on the checklist.

We continue to hear from Nick as Sheridan Coffey interviews him to help clarify the answers to some perennial listing questions. Listing articles in this issue cover Dorian Anderson’s Big Year by bicycle and Ann Haverstock’s quest to reach 700 ABA Area birds by the age of 70. And finally, this issue includes a “Listing Snapshot” for 2014, showing the top list totals submitted to Listing Central for various categories.

Whether you’re a passionate feeder-watcher, a taxonomy wonk, or a dedicated lister, I hope you will find something of interest in this issue. Please take a moment to let us know what you did and didn’t like, and what was missing. Even better, write something for us! We look forward to hearing from you in the comment section below!


You can easily download the entire issue, or just certain pages, allowing you to read Birder’s Guide on your Nook, Kindle, or other tablet, when offline. Or your laptop, if you’re old-fashioned. Just click on the fourth button from the right in the toolbar above the e-magazine. (See 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.
  • Terry Bronson

    I hope it was a poor choice of words, but I’m surprised to see the disparaging remark about people who use laptops being old-fashioned. I think the millions of people who use them, and even those you use PCs, would take issue with such a categorization.

    • Greg Neise

      I think it was just a little tongue-in-cheek humor.

    • Michael Retter

      Speaking as one of those people who owns a laptop and doesn’t own a tablet, I’ll have to disagree about “old-fashioned” being disparaging. I’ll take it as a badge of honor. But, yes, Greg got the gist of it.

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