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SNEAK PEEK! Birder’s Guide to Listing & Taxonomy, 2016

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The 2016 issue of Birder’s Guide to Listing & Taxonomy is at the printers. American Birding Association members should find Jen Brumfield‘s lovely cover illustration in their mailboxes over the next couple weeks. But you don’t have to wait until then to see what’s inside. You can see the entirety of this issue of Birder’s Guide right now. Simply click here. (Birder’s Guide is just one of the free resources that the ABA provides to the birding public.)

Listing and taxonomy may not immediately seem related, but dive a bit deeper, and it soon becomes apparent. Of course, ABA Area listers depend on the American Ornithologists’ Union to maintain its checklist because they use its taxonomy as the scorecard for their listing endeavors. Alan Knue explains what evidence is weighed by the committee when deciding to make changes to the checklist, and he lists some possible future splits and lumps. Our annual “Check-list Redux” explains in simple terms all that’s changed on the AOU Check-list this year.

 

You can use this information to update your list totals in ABA’s Listing Central. Greg Neise tells us what’s new there in the “Listing Central Update”, and last year’s top totals are found in the “Listing Snapshot”. Other listing articles in this issue include details on an impressive Big Day effort in Texas, a new world-record Big Day in Ecuador, and a strategy for seeing all of the world’s bird families with the least amount of travel.

Whether your passion is attending bird walks in a local park, competing in Big Days, or keeping up-to-date on the latest details on storm-petrel identification, 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. Or even better–sit down and write something for us. We look forward to hearing from you!

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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, and the author of The ABA Field Guide to Birds of Illinois. When not at home gardening, Michael is often leading tours for BRANT Nature Tours in Middle America (Mexico through Panama). He currently lives with his husband, Matt, in Fort Worth, Texas. Michael also runs QBNA, the continent's informal club for LGBTQ+ birders. A former chair of the Indiana records committee, he is an eBird reviewer for Mexico, Illinois, and Indiana.
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