The New York Times has been publishing belated obituaries for historically significant people that the newspaper had neglected to cover. This week there was one for Florence Merriam Bailey, the author of the first field guide to birds and an activist against the use of birds in fashion.
The annual eBird taxonomy update is coming soon. While there are few changes affecting the ABA Area, the update will include substantial revisions for birds in Africa, Asia, and Australia.
National Moth Week begins today and runs through July 28. Visit the link or check with local nature clubs to find events in your area. People can also participate by attracting moths themselves. Last year's Moth Week resulted in over 28,000 observations of over 3,500 species from over 1,500 observers just on iNaturalist, with more observations submitted to other citizen science websites.
A newly-discovered bird from the Cretaceous had one toe much longer than its other toes, unlike any living bird today. Its toes also featured bristles, possibly for reaching into cavities and feeling around for invertebrates.
Lead ammunition has been banned for hunting wildlife in California. The ban was put in place primarily to protect California Condors, which often suffer from lead poisoning, but it should protect human health as well.
This week the American Ornithological Society published its 60th checklist supplement, which includes proposals accepted in the past year. See the ABA Blog for how the changes affect birding in the ABA Area.
The Trump administration revived plans for a copper mine in northern Minnesota. The proposal had been rejected under the Obama administration over concerns about how mining would affect the Boundary Waters.
A recent study found that most Prothonotary Warblers spend in the winter in the same region of Colombia, which is at risk of deforestation. They also relied heavily on three migratory stopover sites in Central America.
Tomorrow is New Jersey Audubon's World Series of Birding, an annual big day competition that is now in its 36th year. Once again I will be competing with the Middlesex Merlins as we try to break our previous record in Middlesex County. If you would like to make a donation to NJ Audubon in our team's name, here is our team page.