American Birding Podcast



New Blood at Birding

With the upcoming September 2011 issue of Birding, we welcome three new department editors.


First, Amy Davis will be compiling our “Sightings” column, reporting on rare birds in Canada, Mexico, and the U.S.
Davis, who studied comparative literature at the University of Pennsylvania, calls herself “an adventurous birder with an obsessive passion for observing and documenting rarities.” She and her husband, Jeff, maintain a Flickr site devoted to their photos of rare birds, which have appeared in many print and online birding publications, including Birding and BirdWatching. A resident of Chester County, Pennsylvania, Davis collects data for bird surveys locally and throughout the mid-Atlantic region. Some of the surveys in which Davis has participated include the Western Chester County and West Chester Christmas Bird Counts, the New Jersey Audubon Society’s Piedmont and Migratory Shorebird surveys, and breeding bird atlases in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and West Virginia. In addition to finding, chasing, counting, photographing, and writing about birds, Davis enjoys drawing and painting them with her students. She works for the Devereux Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides services to individuals with special needs.

DIANA DOYLE Next up, Diana Doyle will be covering birding technology—mainly apps—for our “Tools of the Trade” column.
Doyle began birding at age eight, when her third-grade teacher, a twitcher visiting from the U.K., ignored the state curriculum and took his students birding all day—putting the entire class into remedial summer school. Doyle “recovered from that early academic setback,” as she puts it, and went on to earn a Ph.D. from Yale. A former political science professor, she and her husband Mark, retired from high-tech, now live aboard their 34-foot catamaran, traveling the Atlantic Seaboard, the Bahamas, and the Gulf of Mexico. They write long-distance navigation guides that integrate electronic charting. Doyle most enjoys daily green birding and has green-tallied 222 species from her home in Minneapolis. These days, her local patch changes depending on where the Doyles’ boat is moored. Her latest conservation project is a “SeaBC” Sea Bird Count, encouraging long-distance yachts to record and submit their seabird observations.
(Note: Doyle’s column, dealing primarily with birding software, will alternate every other month with Bill Schmokers’s hardware-oriented column, “Geared for Birding,” which appears in Winging It.)

TOM JOHNSON Finally, we welcome Tom Johnson, who will be heading up our venerable “Photo Quiz” column.
Johnson is a recent graduate of Cornell University who spends almost all of his time pursuing birds, occasionally forgoing food, sleep, and responsibility. Birding from a young age, he participated in the ABA’s Young Birder programs in grade school and has contributed photo quiz answers and photos to Birding. Since graduating from college, Johnson has been exploring various methods for “tricking others into paying for [his] birding adventures.” Recently, he has enjoyed surveying birds on U.S. National Park Service lands in Arizona, counting seabirds and mammals on a U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration cruise in the Gulf Stream, and monitoring songbird migration for New Jersey’s Cape May Bird Observatory. Johnson currently serves on two state bird records committees—the Pennsylvania Ornithological Records Committee and the New York State Avian Records Committee. He calls himself a dedicated eBirder, and we note that he is widely admired for his skills at bird identification.