The jury is still out on whether we have a formal birding community in North America but at least we have a Birding Community E-bulletin. This superb monthly newsletter is the handiwork of Paul J. Baicich and Wayne R. Petersen, two widely known and respected birders. I’ve only been receiving the e-bulletin for a few months now but already look forward to their take on national and international birding news. To pique your interest, here are the headlines for the August 2009 bulletin:
- RARITY FOCUS
- BIRDING: DEMOGRAPHICS AND ECONOMICS
- IBA NEWS: LWCF ASSESSMENT RELEASED
- SPOTTED OWL PLAN REDUX
- MOUNTAIN PLOVER PLAN RELEASED
- UK PEREGRINES HAVING A HARD TIME
- UTILITY CORPORATION PAYS TO PROTECT EAGLES
- HOMELAND SECURITY VS. THE NATIONAL SYMBOL
- TIDAL FLATS AT SONG DO: SO LONG?
- BOOK NOTES: A LISTENING HYBRID
- TIP OF THE MONTH: STOP BY THE OFFICE
- STAMP COST INCREASE GETS THROUGH HOUSE COMMITTEE
- BAREFACED SELF-PROMOTION
Clearly, they’ve got something for everybody. Since this free e-mail newsletter seems to serve as one of the few ties that bind our birding community together, you might want to sign up to receive it. Just e-mail Wayne Petersen (wpetersen AT massaudubon DOT org) or Paul J. Baicich (paul.baicich AT verizon DOT net) to get on the list. You can also view the archives on the National Wildlife Refuge Association website.
I’m not sure what technically constitutes a formal community, but wouldn’t the American Birding Association (http://www.aba.org/) qualify? Or the Surfbirds or FatBirder sites? Or more loosely the birding listserves across North America, whether state/region level or national (e.g., BirdChat)?
Regardless, the more news sources, the better!
hello to every one – hope yous had a nice one – back from parents 12lbs heavier a`hhh just back from tenerefe weather crap , all the best for the comming year – defos