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A Significant Reference Work — and Many Hours of Reading Enjoyment

A review by W. Ross Silcock

Birds of Montana, by Jeffrey S. Marks, Paul Hendricks, and Daniel Casey

Buteo Books, 2016

672 pages, hardcover

ABA Sales / Buteo Books BBMT

The first impression on picking this book up—“hefting” might be the more appropriate verb—is one of great size: Weighing in at 5.1 pounds, Birds of [read more…]

2017 AOS Classification Committee Proposals, Part 3

Here is the third and likely last batch of taxonomic proposals, submitted in the last year to the American Ornithological Society’s North and Middle American Classification Committee. Part 1 is here. Part 2 is here. Proposals accepted by the AOC Committee are incorporated into the ABA’s Checklist.

We suggest the usual caveat, that it’s important [read more…]

2017 AOS Classification Committee Proposals, Part 2

Here is the second batch of taxonomic proposals, submitted in the last year to the American Ornithological Society’s North and Middle American Classification Committee. Part 1 is here. Proposals accepted by the AOC Committee are incorporated into the ABA’s Checklist.

We suggest the usual caveat, that it’s important to note that these are just proposals [read more…]

I Got The Clap! (a birding tale)

If you bird long enough, you will acquire a nemesis. What’s a nemesis? Mirriam-Webster gives us a few choices, but one definition hits the nail on the head as far as we’re concerned here: a formidable and usually victorious rival or opponent.

We don’t often think of birds as “opponents” when birding, but it happens. [read more…]

2017 AOS Classification Committee Proposals, Part 1

2017 is a new year, and time for new bird taxonomy proposals submitted to what was formerly called the North American Check-list Committee, of which those approved are incorporated into the ABA Checklist. Between last year and this year a major lump occurred among bird research institutions, with the American Ornithologist’s Union merging with the [read more…]

The ABA adds Hawaii – Now What?

At the ABA’s annual membership meeting at the organization headquarters in Delaware City, Delaware, last week, the ABA membership officially voted to include Hawaii in the ABA Area by a significant margin. About 80% of the ballots received were in support of this change, and we’d like to thank all members who cared enough to [read more…]

To Be a Species or Not To Be a Species?

This year’s issue of Birder’s Guide to Listing & Taxonomy features an article by Alan Knue called “To Be a Species or Not to Be a Species?” Within, Alan explains how scientists decide whether a bird population, such as the “Haida Gwaii” Saw-whet Owl, is a species or “just” a subspecies. At the end of [read more…]

It’s a Family Affair

Sam Woods and Keith Barnes know a thing or two about traveling to the far reaches of the earth in search of obscure bird species such as Przewalski’s Pinktail, Ground-roller, and Hypocolius. And they put that knowledge to use every day as directors and guides for the international bird tour company, Tropical Birding.

In this [read more…]

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

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 [read more…]

ICYMI: THE Top 10: Reasons to make Hawaii part of the ABA Area

Editor’s Note: The discussion regarding the addition of Hawaii to the ABA Area is ongoing, and we encourage ABA members to make their views known by filling out a proxy ballot answering this question. We hope you have also seen the August 2016 issue of Birding magazine. To continue that conversation, here’s a piece from [read more…]