Why I’m a Member of the American Birding Association…

… 20 pages of bird book review-ey goodness! That’s right, the latest issue of Birding, the magazine of the American Birding Association (ABA), contains reviews of 12 books, covering a total of 20 pages.

And I wish I could write reviews as well as these people do.

Of course, this issue is an aberration; apparently, there was a backlog of reviews to be published and the editor decided to make this a special issue. Most issues usually review “just” 2-4 books.

In addition to all of these reviews, you also get in-depth looks at Harlan’s and Krider’s Red-tailed Hawks, a great article by Donald Kroodsma (author of The Singing Life of Birds and Birdsong by the Seasons), and more.

I subscribe to ten or so bird-related publications. Birding is the one I look forward to the most. If you are not a member of the ABA, I would urge you to join. I consider it worthwhile just to receive Birding, but you’ll also get the Winging It newsletter (also a great publication), while also supporting conservation programs.

Posted by Grant McCreary on March 22nd, 2010.

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