Birder's World Field of View, our blog, has a new home. Starting immediately, you can read it on the magazine's completely re-designed website. Here's a link to the blog's new location:
We've enjoyed our two years here at TypePad, but we will cease posting new material here, and begin posting new material there, today.
If you're one of our many readers who have been following our updates in My Yahoo!, Newsgator, Bloglines, or another news reader via FeedBurner, I invite you to subscribe to our new RSS feed.
And I invite you also to check out the new BirdersWorld.com, our blog's new digs.
The new BirdersWorld.com is the results of months of thoughtful planning and hard work by many people, and it's full of new features and content that I hope you and other users will enjoy. What's new? Here's a sample:
The new BirdersWorld.com has four new galleries -- North American birds, birds of the world, rare birds, backyard birds -- where registered visitors can post photos of birds and view and comment on photos posted by other birdwatchers. (And if the first week of uploads is any indication, the galleries are going to be really popular. New photos are appearing all the time!) Click to see the galleries.
Birdwatchers looking for a bird-related festival, exhibit, lecture, bird walk, or other event can now find events quickly and easily -- listed by event type, date, ZIP code, or location. And organizers looking to spread the word about upcoming events can post their own announcements. Click to see our calendar of events.
Most of you are probably aware that Birder's World has been publishing feature articles about top-notch places to go birdwatching since 1987, when the first issue appeared. A large number of those 20-plus years of articles are already on the website, and the rest will be there shortly. So anyone who's ever thought, "I wonder if there's a good place to go birding near..." can answer that question with the click of a mouse. Just choose a U.S. state or Canadian province from a pull-down menu, or enter a keyword ("Brazil," for example, or "Uganda"). Click for more about birding hotspots.
Help identifying birds
The new BirdersWorld.com also offers top-notch assistance to birdwatchers who want help identifying birds: Subscribers will be able to read every column that contributing editors Kenn Kaufman and David Allen Sibley have published in the magazine.
What's more, the new BirdersWorld.com also offers subscribers access to a large and growing collection of columns written by our other stellar contributing editors:
Birder at Large, by Pete Dunne
Stories, wit, and commentary from wide-ranging birder and author Pete Dunne, head of New Jersey's fabled Cape May Bird Observatory, about the people and places, birds and birdlore that make up the world of American birding today. Read more about Pete.
Amazing Birds, by Eldon Greij
What makes a bird a bird; why birds do what they do; how they're able to find food, migrate, reproduce, and survive; and why they're so endlessly amazing, explained by biologist and professor emeritus Eldon Greij, founder of Birder's World magazine. Read more about Eldon.
On the Move, by Paul Kerlinger
What we know and what we have yet to learn about where and when birds migrate, the mind-boggling distances they travel, the obstacles that stand in their way, and how they overcome them, described by migration expert Paul Kerlinger, author of the book How Birds Migrate. Read more about Paul.
Since You Asked, by Julie Craves
Answers to readers' questions about birds -- what they look like, where they nest, why they do what they do, what they eat, you name it! -- from bird bander and writer Julie Craves, director of avian research at the Rouge River Bird Observatory at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. Read more about Julie.
Combined with all the popular features that we retained from the old site -- the lively forums, Photo of the Week, the beautiful wallpaper downloads, our e-mail newsletter, and many others -- Birder's World Field of View should do just fine in its new home. I hope you agree.
Please let me know how you like it, and our new website! --C.H.