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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W West Lafayette, Indiana mretter@aba.org Michael L. P. Retter From the Editor elcome to the frst issue of the ABA's Birder's Guide to Listing and Taxonomy. As you may have gath- ered from the title, there are two topics covered in this issue, and although one is scientifc and the other avocational, the two are intimately intertwined. In the taxonomy articles, authors will explain to you, in straightforward terms, the latest offcial changes in how birds are classifed and related, and also offer informed speculation. Specifcally, in this issue, you'll learn what a tanager is (and what it's not), how the ABA and AOU checklists have changed, and how birders like you are contributing to those changes. Within the listing articles in future issues we'll give you the latest news in Big Year attempts, green listing, and Big Days. In this issue, Team Sapsucker relays the amazing tale of their smashing the ABA Big Day record earlier this year. You'll also fnd a 2012 Listing Snapshot, which features some of the top lists submitted by ABA members at Listing Central. Whether you're a rabid lister, a casual feeder-watcher, or a taxonomy wonk, I hope you'll fnd something of interest in this issue. Please let us know what you liked, what you didn't like, what you'd like to see more of, and what you'd rather not see again. Be sure to check in at for access to expanded, web-only content and to join discussions about topics in this issue. Good birding, Michael L. P. Retter Editor, Birder's Guide 6 Birder's Guide to Listing & Taxonomy | November 2013

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