At the Mic: Derek Lovitch
Part 1 is is here.
Short-hand and acronyms are becoming ever more ubiquitous in our society. Heck, some people receive most of their news in 140 characters or less! Acronyms from the military, from sports, and from slang have penetrated every corner of society. One respondent astutely wondered “if it [read more…]
At the Mic: Derek Lovitch
You’ve seen it on your favorite listserv. Someone posts a sighting using a four-letter (Alpha) or “banding” code. Someone gets upset. Several posts later, the thread continues. And it goes on, and on…
Maine-birds, the listserv (Google Groups) of my home state is no different. And recently, just such a [read more…]
On December 6, Alan Hopkins found an ABA Code 3 Rustic Bunting in a public park in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, California. Being as the bird is rare away from Alaska and within the city limits of one of California’s largest cities, the race was on. It was refound once the afternoon of [read more…]
What are the most difficult birds in North America to record? It’s not always the ones that are the hardest to find, as Andrew Spencer at Earbirding explains.
Most of the species that I talk about below aren’t really “hard” birds to see. Some of them can be downright common in the right areas. But [read more…]
Last winter’s Snowy Owl irruption was incredible for a number of obvious reasons involving big white owls hanging out seemingly everywhere, but for a number of researchers with Project SNOWStorm that irruption meant something more. Tagging several individual owls were with small-solar powered transmitters that pinged back to cellular towers meant that we were able [read more…]
We might be forgiven for thinking first records are the end all-be all of the rarity roundups here, and there’s no doubt about it, they’re undeniably cool. One of the reasons I like them is because I’m a sucker for narrative, even in bird records. I like a good story, and the slow and steady [read more…]
I’ve just received word that the 2014 issue of Birder’s Guide to Gear is at the printers. American Birding Association members should find it in their mailboxes in 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. [read more…]
Split and lump season is coming early this year, and the first document containing the proposed taxonomic updates to the AOU North American Check-list, which in turn are incorporated into the ABA Checklist, has been released, a full two month earlier than last year. This first batch contains 12 proposals that have been submitted in [read more…]
Today is Giving Tuesday, a movement created a few years ago to combat the overt commercialization of the holiday season. It’s a nice moment to step back and give back to the organizations that make a difference to you. Allow me to make a case as to why the American Birding Association is one of [read more…]
Big news this week in the Big Year front as Dorian Anderson of Biking for Birds cracked 600 on his continent-spanning bicycle big year in the Lower Rio Grande Valley. His #600 was a common valley bird, but he had a real surprise not long after.
A very small bird eventually materialized in a small, [read more…]