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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even months ago, we launched ABA's Listing Central , the main feature of which is the digital Big Day and List Report. It is a work in S 58 progress. We're making changes and additions based on your feedback and implementing some ideas of our own. I won't lie: Making the abrupt switch to an interactive online database after decades of mailed and printed reports was (and is) challenging. Many ABA members enjoy the new site as much as other members want to keep things the way they were. So far, we're pretty happy with the way it's going. As of September 2013, we have about the same amount of participants at Listing Central as we had for the (fnal printed) 2012 Big Day and List Report. We've also added quite a bit in certain sections. For example, the 2012 report had 828 ABA Area Life List totals. Listing Central has 796 at the moment. Canada Life Birder's Guide to Listing & Taxonomy | November 2013 Berwyn, Illinois Greg Neise Listing Central Update List totals entered in the 2012 report numbered 71. Listing Central has 213 so far. That's quite a jump; our Canadian members were obviously just waiting for this to go online! But where we've seen some astounding numbers is in county listing. There is no doubt that keeping county totals has become the most popular "game" in ABA Area birding. The ABA had not previously published county list totals, and it seems as though members were champing at the bit. So far, 14,120 County Life List totals and 8,759 State Life List totals have been entered at Listing Central. In all, 43,356 list totals are now entered at Listing Central, including 28,731 Life List totals, 7,551 Year List totals, and 7,006 Month List totals. Where we're lagging behind is in Big Day submissions: Only 51 Big Days have been submitted so far. The Big Day is a different beast. To be honest, it was the one part of the printed report I most looked forward to. And I was always disappointed. Not with what was submitted, but with the lack of available space in the report,

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