Back in April I was delighted to announce a new partnership between this magazine and the American Bird Conservancy. In every issue since, ABC's column "Eye on Conservation" has helped us keep you up to date on a wide assortment of birds of conservation concern: Laysan Albatross on Midway Atoll, Northern Spotted Owl in the Pacific Northwest, Red Knot in Delaware Bay, Cerulean Warbler in the Appalachians, and the Kiwikiu, Palila, Akepa, and other birds in Hawaii. You can find "Eye on Conservation" here.Now I'm just as happy to announce an additional new partnership. Starting with our February 2012 issue, "On the Move," our regular column about bird migration, will be prepared by Marshall Iliff, Brian Sullivan, and Chris Wood, the three dynamic project leaders of eBird. Until this issue, the column had been written by migration expert Paul Kerlinger.I'm sure you know about eBird, the real-time online checklist launched in 2002 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society. Gathering the sightings of recreational and professional birdwatchers into a single easy-to-use web-based database, it has quickly become one of the largest biodiversity data resources anywhere. You can read more about how to use eBird, and why you should do so, here.Read a recent article in PLoS Biology by Iliff, Sullivan, Wood, and others about eBird and citizen science.
In addition to being eBird project leaders, Marshall, Brian, and Chris are also widely published researchers, accomplished tour leaders, and expert birders with their fingers on the pulse of American birding. I'm delighted to be able to share with you their up-to-the-minute insights about the seasonal movements of North America's birds.Marshall has worked on three state records committees, served as a regional editor for two different regions for the quarterly journal North American Birds, and done ornithological fieldwork across the U.S. and in Mexico. He's even studied migration on an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico. You may know Marshall as a birding tour leader -- he's guided trips as far away as Kenya for Victor Emanuel Nature Tours -- and he's won a reputation as a formidable Big Day birder who holds all-time records for Maryland and Texas.Brian has conducted fieldwork throughout North America for the past 20 years, and he's written and consulted on many books and popular and scientific publications on the continent's birds. He is currently working on the forthcoming Princeton Guide to North American Birds. In addition to serving as eBird project leader, he is also the photo editor for the Birds of North America Online and for the journal North American Birds, and he's a talented bird photographer in his own right. Chris, too, is a leading authority on bird identification and distribution in North America. He's worked as a research associate with the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory and, like Brian, has written and consulted on a wide assortment of popular and scientific literature on North American birds. He too is working on the forthcoming Princeton Guide to North American Birds. When his eBird duties give him a free moment, he leads tours to birding hotspots in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and Central America for WINGS Birding Tours Worldwide and works as the regional editor for Colorado and Wyoming for North American Birds. He edits the ABA's online photo quiz and the quiz that appears in Birding, the ABA journal. And, oh yeah, he also holds all-time species-viewing records for the U.S. and state records in Colorado and Texas.
Marshall, Brian, and Chris's first column -- describing three birds you can see in January and February -- will appear in "On the Move" in our February 2012 issue. You can pick it up on newsstands after January 3. -- Chuck Hagner, EditorRead about Laura Erickson and her new column, Attracting Birds.See a collection of reader photos of birds in snow.Read the ABC's column, Eye on Conservation.