VOLUME 43, No. 1
Published by The Ornithology Group, Outdoor Nature Club, Houston
SAVE "AMERICAN BIRDS?"
I have heard from various -sources that National
Audubon will discontinue publication of "American Birds"
(AB) magazine in the immediate future. Rumor has it
they are losing money on this publication and will no
longer subsidize the magazine. Unfortunately, AB does
not attract numerous -subscribers as do "Birder'-s World,"
"Birdwatcher'* Digest" and "Wildbird."
AB reports the movement and occurrence of birds
throughout North America on a -seasonal basis. Four
times a year, a few thousand birders dedicated to reporting
and documenting birds and trends in bird movements-send
in their reports to AB. No other birding publication
accomplishes this feat. Texas, for example, has two
Regional Editors and-six Subregional Editors to which all
bird reports are -sent. Each Subregional Editor compiles
a -seasonal report and -submits it to the two Regional
Editors, who-synthesize the-six reports into one report for
the entire -state. This process ensures a good record of
bird distribution and movement throughout all-states, not
just Texas. In my opinion this information is far more
important than Christmas Count data and it would be
tragic to lose -such a valuable pool of information.
I began birding in 1987 and first subscribed to AB
in 1989. I continue as a-subscriber today. At first I would
just read the interesting articles and the -section on Texas
briefly. Now I glance at information from most-states,
-study all articles and read the Texas report
at least three times before my next edition arrives. Unlike
other publications like "Birder'-s World," "Birdwatcher'-s
Digest" and "Wildbird," which contain nice pictures, easy-
to-read articles and numerous advertisements, AB focuses
on documenting bird distribution at the-seasonal level and
contains recent discovery articles by leading ornithologists.
Don't get me wrong, I also -subscribe to these fun and
easy-to-read magazines. However, I also recognize the
importance of AB and its continued publication—in -some
You may be able to help. If enough people
express their concerns and feelings to National Audubon
about the -significance of American Birds to the birding
community and the -scientific realm, the powers that be
may change their minds. Perhaps National Audubon can
reduce the-size of AB, limit the number of black and white
photos used for documentation, eliminate the list of all the
people -sending in bird reports, and charge a little more
money for their magazine and -still be able to produce a
Address your ideas and concerns to: Mr. Peter
Berle, President, National Audubon, 700 Broadway, New
York, NY 10003; Ms. Susan Drennan, Editor American
Birds, 700 Broadway, New York, NY 10003; and to the
incoming Chairman of the Board, Mr. Sam Plum, 120 East
End Avenue, New York, NY 20028.
Dave Bradford, 855-2615.