A California birding history
- It has not escaped my attention that some birders on the Web seem to
have no idea of how or why the birding world exists as it does today.
With this shiny new toy that lets you ask any question and get an
instant response, there often seems little acknowledgement of the
decades of work and exploration that went before. Perhaps it would be
appropriate to have some birding history available on the Web.
A year ago, I started a project to create a birding history and
chronology of the golden years in California between 1965 and 1989:
before the Internet, before cell phones, before BirdBoxes; before the
Sibley guide and CDs. Everything that we know today is based on the
knowledge discovered and passed down by those who went before. It is
right and proper than we give credit to those pioneers. It was also a
very exciting time of discoveries: when something truly new could be
right around the next bush.
It has been a year in the making, but my history of the birding world in
that quarter-century is now available. The project grew to over 50 web
pages, and includes a three-part chronology on the 60s, 70s, and 80s,
as well as a gallery of the top 40 birders from those years. There are
side pages and explanations to explore here and there, there are
individual birding biographies of those top 40, and more. All of the
pages focus on 1965-1989: they intentionally do not cover recent events
in any detail. Read the fine print and the introductory material for
more details. Also many thanks to those that contributed photos or
stories or reviewed early drafts.
You will not read all these pages at once. It has turned into a web
book. But it starts at
[who, oddly enough, has a history degree . . . twas about time it was
P.S. Some reviewers of the draft pages suggested that I collect,
collate, and publish short stories or reminiscences of others from this
period in history. If those do come my way, I may create an additional
page. As always, please send me corrections or errors that you find.
There will surely be some mistakes here -- as in any written history.
And please remember that is just one persons view of history. Comments