If you’re an ABA member, life is good. Even though many organizations are cutting way back on traditional print publications, the ABA is offering more full-color print periodical content than ever before. We’re expanding online, enthusiastically and unapologetically so. Here at the ABA, it’s have your cake and eat it too.
A substantial chunk of [read more...]
You’ve surely seen those rankings of places to live. Some person or committee rates a town or city on how it performs in various measures of livability: education, transportation, safety, culture, climate, the economy of course, and maybe such metrics as the tolerance, fitness, and general wellbeing of its inhabitants. All those numbers go into [read more...]
Two-way splits are all the rage these days: Sagebrush and Bell’s sparrows; Winter and Pacific wrens; Common Moorhen and Common Gallinule; Snowy and Kentish plovers; Yellow-throated and Bahama warblers; and a bunch more. Three-way splits are rarer, but they do happen: Think of the three-way splits in the 1990s of the scrub-jays and of the [read more...]
I wish I’d come up with a different headline for the lead entry in “Your Letters” in the September/October 2013 Birding. In presenting Nick Whelan’s letter (pp. 10–11) and Paul Hurtado’s response (pp. 11–12) as “The Digital Divide,” I may have promoted just a wee bit of schism. That wasn’t my intent.
Let’s [read more...]
ABA President Jeffrey A. Gordon, in his “Birding Together” column in the September/October 2013 Birding (pp. 8–9), writes about the virtue of magnanimity:
First, a little philosophy. I don’t remember much from my sophomore-year Ancient Greek Philosophy class, but one idea that has really stuck with me, remaining fresh and detailed while so many [read more...]
Canadian birders and biologists Jason R. Straka and Devon M. E. Turner, writing in the September/October 2013 Birding, take a modern look at the age-old question of “twitching”—that is to say, “chasing” in Lower 48 parlance. But their subtitle hints at a different angle: “What Those Who Seek Rare Birds Do For Ornithology.”
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It’s photo quiz time!
We’ll get around to the New Photo Quiz–September/October 2013 Birding in just a moment. But first things first: the answers to the July/August 2013 photo quiz. Here you go:
Scroll down to the bottom of the post, past the quiz images, to where it says “Spoiler Alert.”
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A lot about Birding magazine and the ABA has changed in the past twenty years. Heck, a lot has changed in the past two years. But not once during the past two decades has Birding missed a photo quiz. I’m pretty sure of that. Yes, the photo quiz has been one of the mainstays of Birding magazine.
I wrote recently that I admire authors who shake things up, who take us outside our comfort zones, who upset the apple cart. Hence, my admiration for Jerry Liguori, Brian Sullivan, and Peter Pyle. All three are well known in the birding community. All three have written for Birding magazine. In fact, all three have [read more...]
The opening sentence of Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina is brilliant. It is diabolical and disagreeable. I can think of no other work of literature that starts off so magnificently. Let’s take a look:
“All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”
I can’t stand it. It goes against [read more...]