Birder's Guide

OCT 2016

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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6 Birder's Guide to Listing & Taxonomy | October 2016 2015: A Big Year ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– 2015 saw more than a few birding re- cords eclipsed. At the top of the list of lists, Oregon birder Noah Strycker set a World Big Year record, with 6,042 spe- cies of birds, surpassing the previous Big Year world record of 4,341 recorded by British birders Ruth Miller and Alan Davies in 2008 ( California birder John Sterling set a re- cord Golden State Big Year with an even 500 ( In the Big Day category, Dušan Brinkhuizen, Rudy Gelis, Mitch Lysinger, and Tuomas Seimola set a new World Big Day record with 431 species on October 8 in Ecuador ( On April 18, Christian Friis, John Brett, Yousif Attia, Stuart Mackenzie, and Ross Wood totaled an impressive 271 spe - cies in Texas ( These are just some of the past year's high - lights archived at ABA Listing Central ( In addition, you will find an up-to-date version of the ABA Checklist, and ABA Checklist Committee reports, ABA Recording Rules, the ABA Birding Code of Ethics, reports and up - dates from the Recording Standards & Ethics Committee—and, of course, the complete life, year, month, and Big Day list totals from more than 2,000 ABA members. Greg Neise Berwyn, Illinois Listing Central Update Noah Strycker on the mudflats of Bali. Photo courtesy of © Noah Strycker.

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