Birder's Guide

NOV 2013

Birder's Guide is the American Birding Association's newest publication. Each issue focuses on a key subject, providing tips from experienced birders on a wide variety of topics like Travel, Listing & Taxonomy, Gear, and Conservation & Community.

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Carlock, Illinois Matt Fraker News from the ABA Recording Standards and Ethics Committee n July of 2013, the ABA Board to determine whether any should be upoffcially approved the reconsdated. Jeff Skrentny's excellent article in titution of the Recording Stanthe December 2012 issue of Winging It dards and Ethics Committee (RSEC). detailed some This committee is tasked with maintainof the areas that need to be addressed or ing the standards used by ABA birders clarifed. The committee will also review as a "rule book" of sorts for determining the Code of Birding Ethics, and prepare "what counts" when reto work with the ABA porting list totals to the Checklist Committee ABA. This committee is on the possible future also in charge of formaddition of Hawaii to ing and maintaining the the ABA Area. ABA's Code of Birding It is also a goal of the Ethics, an important set RSEC to start a direct of ethical standards that line of online commuall ABA members are nication between the encouraged to follow ABA membership and and disseminate. the committee. This The current and newwill allow the RSEC to RSEC Chair and ABA Board Member, Matt Fraker ly approved RSEC comquickly feld questions prises Matt Fraker (as temporary chair; on recording and ethics standards and Carlock, IL), Nick Block (Lewisburg, to participate in any general conversaPA), Shawneen Finnegan (Portland, tion pertaining to areas under the comOR), Greg Miller (Sugar Creek, OH), mittee's purview. and Jennifer Rycenga (Half Moon Bay, In the meantime, please feel free to CA). contact me with any questions or conThe committee is in the process of cerns, and join in the conversation at reviewing the current listing standards the ABA Blog . I 10 Birder's Guide to Listing & Taxonomy | November 2013

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