Forgive the plug here, but as the journal North American Birds gets
better and better under the guidance of Ned Brinkley, support for that
journal remains tenuous. Subscriptions are down at a time when the
information content in the journal in the form of seasonal regional
reports and feature articles increases and improves. I'll put it very
simply: Every active birder in North America MUST subscribe to this
journal, both for its edifying content and to provide financial support
to the best outlet for the "value added" treatment of the status and
distribution of birds in North America.
See Ned's ABA blog about the content in the latest edition:
Included are links to some important content, including a detailed
identification discussion of Nelson's and Saltmarsh sparrows.
I hope this plea is viewed as appropriate for this list serve. Hundreds
of you contribute records to the Northern California and Southern
California regional editors each season, and the regional editors spend
hundreds of hours each year compiling these regional reports from your
sightings. All of you should reap the benefits of this work by
subscribing to and devouring this journal.
There, I've said it.
Kimball L. Garrett
Ornithology Collections Manager
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
900 Exposition Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90007 USA
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