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BirdWatching

November/December 2020

BirdWatching is a must-read for anyone who loves birds, whether you are a casual birdwatcher or avid birder. Each issue includes articles by the best known, most respected names in birding, identification tips, spectacular photography, hands-on information about the best birding locations in North America, answers to intriguing reader questions, and much more.

Land:
United States
Sprache:
English
Verlag:
Madavor Media, LLC
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Bimonthly
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premium content

I’m happy to let you know that we have launched a new Membership Program on our website. It’s modeled after a similar program offered by our partner publication Outdoor Photographer, and it’s designed for anyone who wants to improve their bird-identification and bird-photography skills. We’re offering three membership options: BirdWatching Members receive access to the premium content on our website: Bird-ID articles by Kenn Kaufman and David Sibley and the dozens of stories and columns in our “How to Photograph Birds” section. Members will also receive invitations to quarterly eWorkshops as well as free eGuides on birding and photography topics. This membership is available as a 14-day free trial. In the program’s first year, Sibley, Kaufman, author and radio host Laura Erickson, and professional photographer Brian Small (all BirdWatching Contributing Editors) will be guest…

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an ‘urgent’ call for conservation action

In mid-September, a mass die-off of migratory birds in New Mexico and other western states occurred as wildfires were raging across the West. One expert said hundreds of thousands of birds may have died. Many suspected that smoke from the fires may have contributed to their deaths, but an article published on the American Birding Association’s website pointed to a lack of food and hypothermia as the likely cause. The writer, Jenna McCullough, a PhD ornithology student at the University of New Mexico, noted that a severe early-September windstorm dropped temperatures from the mid-90s to 40°F and brought several inches of heavy wet snow. When the die-off made news, she and a fellow grad student collected hundreds of carcasses and found that “none had fat stores on their bodies. Furthermore, many birds…

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eye on conservation

New leader driven by passion for birds Adrian Torres is the director of conservation and development for Asociación Ecosistemas Andinos (ECOAN) in Peru. Hired in 2019 with support from ABC, Adrian started his path to this role long ago. Constantino Aucca (known as Tino), president of ECOAN, fondly recalls meeting Adrian when he was just 11 years old, accompanying his grandparents when they sold ECOAN the first parcel of what is now the Abra Patricia Private Conservation Area. These days, 15 years later, Abra Patricia is an 8,226-acre cloud forest reserve in northern Peru protecting the Long-whiskered Owlet and many other endemic species. As a child, Adrian enjoyed exploring nature and drawing or painting what he saw. He made his way to Lima, where he obtained a bachelor’s in biology at the…

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a tragedy for condors

Nine adult California Condors were feared dead this fall, about a month after a wildfire ripped through the Big Sur Condor Sanctuary in central California. The birds have not been detected since the fire, and after the passage of several weeks, condor experts said their hope was diminishing. In addition, two wild-hatched nestlings died in the fire, and a third, despite surviving the fire, showed signs in late September that it wasn’t doing well. The bird, named “Iniko,” which was still in its nest in a redwood tree, did not beg for food from its mother when field biologists were watching. This is troubling because condor parents are triggered to feed their chicks by the chick’s begging. Further, “Iniko” was low in energy. The biologists considered attempting to rescue “Iniko,” but the…

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photo gallery

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longspur renamed

In early August, the American Ornithological Society said it was renaming McCown’s Longspur as Thick-billed Longspur. The new name refers to a physical feature of the bird that distinguishes it from other longspurs. The change does away with a name that honored John P. McCown, a naturalist who was the only individual who had a bird named in his honor and also served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. The move by AOS was made in the midst of a larger push to have all bird species named after people renamed. The “Bird Names for Birds” movement, which has gathered a few thousand signatures on a petition calling for the changing of all honorific names, is itself part of the larger societal reckoning with long-standing racist symbols and practices. About…