Still every birdwatcher's best friend, even with a new name
From the editor -- April 2011
Published: February 15, 2011
|For 145 issues, the magazine you hold in your hands has been every birdwatcher’s best friend. Starting with this issue, its name changes from Birder’s World to BirdWatching, and the friendship continues.|
Sure, we made changes. We redesigned the contents page and lengthened “Birding Briefs,” the news section that starts on page 11. It’s now seven pages long, not two, and contains more than just news and photos of recent bird sightings. We’ve added info about festivals, products, books, even “Since You Asked” by Julie Craves and a column on conservation from our new partner, the American Bird Conservancy (page 12).
We’ve given “On the Move,” Paul Kerlinger’s regular column about bird migration, a fresh look, too. See page 52. And if you flip to page 54, you’ll find that we’ve also created something just for fun: a one-page showcase of birds we see when we look at jewelry, clothing, household furnishings — just about anything. We call it “Birds Around Us.”
But not everything has changed. Longtime readers will find much that is familiar. Our team of stellar contributing editors, for one. David Sibley, Kenn Kaufman, Eldon Greij, Pete Dunne — they’re all here, as usual, as is our popular regular feature “Hotspots Near You” (page 43).
Also unchanged is our desire to publish informative, beautiful features — articles crafted to appeal to all birdwatchers, expert and not so expert. This issue has three: Clare Morrison’s fascinating account of her time on the northern breeding grounds of the Red Knot (page 26); Diana and Mark Doyle’s step-by-step description of how to record locations with your bird photos (page 34); and Will Russell’s report of spring migration as seen from one of the most charming locations I can think of (page 37). Please let me know how you like them!