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.
Issue link: http://bg.aba.org/i/392347
47 October 2014 | Birder's Guide to Listing & Taxonomy here are two committees mandated by the ABA's bylaws that fulfll essen- tial functions relating to birders and birding in the ABA Area and beyond. The Checklist Committee (CLC) keeps the of- fcial, evidence-based list of birds that have reliably been recorded in the ABA Area. The Recording Standards and Ethics Committee (RSEC) maintains and revises our oft-cited Code of Birding Ethics as well as a compen- dium of Recording Rules and Interpretations. The RSEC thus provides guidance about good and responsible birding behavior and helps birders report list totals on a level play- ing feld. The RSEC met this July in central Illinois at the rural Carlock residence of the com- mittee chair pro tem, Matt Fraker, to fnalize prospective changes to the Recording Rules and Interpretations and to lay the ground- work for a thorough update to the Code of Ethics. This brief note will give you a "quick and dirty" rundown of how these new rul- ings might affect you. But if you want to dive deep into the fner points or raise questions, it is easy to interact directly with the RSEC. Simply go to