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ICYMI: Open Mic: The Question of East Coast Pelagic Boundaries

When birders and state Bird Records Committees speak of a “state list” or a “first state record” – they are referring to bird species that have been recorded within a state’s official legal boundaries, as determined by U.S. law and court decisions. Whether on land or at sea, the legal borders of a state (or county or city) and its waters *must* be used in determining where a bird record is assigned. Otherwise it’s not truly a “state list” in any real / official capacity. [read more…]

Open Mic: Once Upon an Endling

At the Mic: Kate Garchinsky

I was 39 years old when I first learned the extinction story of the Carolina Parakeet.

I had been volunteering in wild bird care at Tri-State Bird Rescue in Newark, Delaware. Every day I spent there, I learned of another threat humans impose on birds. Car collisions, window [read more…]

Open Mic: On Being a Hatch Year Birder

At the Mic: Jeff Kietzmann

I am not sure how I ended up on Cottonwood Pass, at the continental divide, 12,126 feet above sea level, in the dead of winter, before sunrise, searching for a white bird in a snowy white landscape and freezing my Florida feet off at 9 degrees Fahrenheit; but there I [read more…]

ICYMI: Open Mic: A New Field Mark for Differentiating Stints and Peeps

Artist Catherine Hamilton draws attention to a field mark for differentiating dark-legged Old World stints and New World peeps that hasn’t been illustrated in any field guide to date. [read more…]

Open Mic: Idaho’s Humbanders and Their Discoveries

At the Mic: Elise Faike

In the early 2000s, Stacy Jon Peterson and Fred Bassett arrived in Idaho within a week of each other and started banding hummingbirds. With several assistants, they explored Idaho’s hummingbird inhabitants throughout the state. I first met them when Stacy accepted an invitation to visit my home in Challis in [read more…]

Open Mic: U.S. Navy’s Northern Edge 17– Negative influence on avian species?

At the Mic: Kate McLaughlin

Sighting Arctic Terns is a sure sign that spring has arrived in the North Gulf of Alaska. The graceful floating flight of the snow-colored birds, in contrast with their sharp toned “kee-err” call, makes their presence obvious among the flocks of Glaucous-winged Gulls and Black-legged Kittiwakes congregating over shoals of [read more…]

ICYMI: Open Mic: Hoary Redpoll; A False Dichotomy?

Guest writer Andy Boyce of Missoula, Montana, asks the tough questions. When is a “hoary” redpoll a Hoary Redpoll? Is it ever? [read more…]

Open Mic: An Open Letter to Everyone Who Loves Birds

At the Mic: George Fenwick, American Birding Conservancy President

If you care about birds—regardless of your political affiliation—you are probably wondering about the impact that recent political changes could have on bird conservation. We’re nonpartisan here at American Bird Conservancy, but we’re certainly concerned about changes that have been proposed already, such as a rollback [read more…]

Open Mic: Duck, Duck, Goose – Counting North American Waterfowl

At the Mic: Jason A. Crotty

The federal government does many things, some well and some poorly. One of the things it does well is gather, analyze, summarize, and publish mountains of data, including information about the status of bird populations.

For example, each year the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) issues a report [read more…]

Open Mic: Dispatches from the NAOC

At the Mic: Terry Rich

From August 16-20, 2016, two thousand ornithological professionals, students, and enthusiasts working across the Western Hemisphere gathered in Washington, D.C. for the largest-ever North American Ornithological Congress ( This event, held every four years, includes lectures, workshops, roundtable discussions, and interactive sessions and symposia about everything from population and community [read more…]

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