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Happening NOW: Alcid Invasion on the East Coast

With Jerald Reb

Several years ago from Ocean City Inlet in Worcester County, Maryland I was standing at the end of a long exposed jetty. It was a bitterly cold and excessively windy day. As I watched, every now and then a few small, black-and-white shapes hurtled out of the surf and shot up the [read more…]

Happening NOW: There’s Something Happening Somewhere; Let’s Talk About That

Right now it’s snowing. That is the quick and easy summation of what is happening now in downtown Baltimore on this chilly, gusty Wednesday afternoon. I haven’t seen a bird yet today, despite spending an inordinate amount of time staring out my living room window into the trees in m

y apartment complex’s courtyard. As [read more…]

2019 AOS Classification Committee Proposals, Part 2

The second batch of 2019 bird taxonomy proposals submitted to the American Ornithological Society’s North and Middle America Classification Committee is out. For those who might not know, this committee is the volunteer group of ornithologists who make the split, lump, and name-change decisions that influence the ABA Checklist and our field guides.

We suggest [read more…]

SNEAK PEEK! Birder’s Guide to Listing & Taxonomy, 2018

The 2018 issue of Birder’s Guide to Listing & Taxonomy is currently being mailed. American Birding Association members should be finding it in their mailboxes–within the pages of the December Birding–any day now. But you don’t have to wait until then to see what’s inside. You can see the entirety of this issue [read more…]

2019 AOS Classification Committee Proposals, Part 1

2019 is a new year, and time for new bird taxonomy proposals submitted to the American Ornithological Society’s North and Middle America Classification Committee, the volunteer group of ornithologists who make the split, lump, and name-change decisions that influence the ABA Checklist and our field guides.

We suggest the usual caveat that you are undoubtedly [read more…]

Happening NOW: Irruption of Winter Finches Underway

In July, a small, charismatic passerine began arriving at feeders and migrant traps in the mid-Atlantic and southeast—well outside its breeding range. Birding listervs, text groups, eBird rarity alerts, and the like lit up with the news: Red-breasted Nuthatches were on the move. Though it was still mid-summer at the time, this clued birders for [read more…]

Moving to the City: Raptors in a Concrete Jungle

A review by Corey C. Husic

Urban Raptors: Ecology and Conservation of Birds of Prey in Cities, edited by Clint W. Boal and Cheryl R. Dykstra

Island Press, 2018

320 pages, softcover

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Humans have long lived in proximity to raptors, with stories dating back centuries of Red Kites pestering [read more…]

2018 AOS Supplement is Out!

Every summer, birders anxiously await publication of the “Check-list Supplement” by the American Ornithological Society’s Committee on Classification and Nomenclature of North and Middle American Birds (a.k.a. the NACC). The supplement, available here, details revisions to the NACC’s Check-list. Below is a brief rundown of those changes.You can read all the proposals on which the [read more…]

Straddling the Boundaries of Biology and Poetry

A review by Lori Potter

Birds of Prey: Hawks, Eagles, Falcons, and Vultures of North America, by Pete Dunne and Kevin T. Karlson

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016

320 pages, hardcover

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Birds of prey occupy a favored spot in our collective imagination. The Maltese Falcon. The recent bestseller H is [read more…]

Avian Creativity and Imagination

A review by Sanford Sorkin

The Genius of Birds, by Jennifer Ackerman

Random House, 2016

340 pages, softcover

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My introduction to the genius of birds came on a sunny afternoon in Arizona. My wife and I were enjoying some wine in an outdoor Phoenix café, almost alone as we [read more…]