North American Birds

VOLUME 70 NO2 2018

A Quarterly Journal of Ornithological Record Published by the American Birding Association. The mission of the journal is to provide a complete overview of the changing panorama of our continent’s birdlife.

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Among the many anecdotally well-established but formally under-described phenomena in the realm of avian S&D is the occurrence of large numbers of Northern Rough-winged Swallows overwintering at the Northeast Philadelphia Waste Water Treatment Plant. It is our hope that NAB can become an important venue for archiving and publishing notes on similar topics. Photo by © George Armistead 139 V O L U M E 7 0 ( 2 0 1 8 ) • N U M B E R 2 thologists. One idea that has come up in conversations with Tony Leukering, a long-time supporter of NAB, is that the content being provided in regu - lar print publications might change. This idea has been further discussed in many conversations since, includ - ing with ABA President, Jeff Gordon. Perhaps the way to provide better content, is actually—counterintuitive - ly—to publish full print volumes less frequently. The idea here would be to mail our subscribers journals of notes and short articles—imagine an issue of North American Birds with articles about the first North American occurrence of Mistle Thrush and European Rob - in, notes on multi-region trends and events, such as the ever-increasing frequency of Brown Booby records north along both coasts, and per- E D I TO R S ' N OT E B O O K haps even short articles about how knowledge and understanding status and distribution can be put to practical ornithological use—I'm thinking about of a piece written about particularly difficult records, such as the rejected Hooded Crane and the Black-backed Oriole that is under review. This is all well and good, but when then happens to other NAB staples, namely the regional reports? Well, one thought that came up in discussions with some of NAB's associate editors has been that perhaps the regional re - ports could be published in a differ- ent format. Imagine accessing regional reports online, alongside "Happening NOW" blog posts, pod - casts, updated pic- torial highlights from across the continent, and other content. Associate Editor Paul Lehman has raised the idea that some of the "highlights" from this online content could be reproduced in the print journal. I tell you all of this partly to show you how seriously and creatively Tom and I are trying to address the chal - lenges that are faced, not just by NAB, but by all ornithological print publica- tions today. And also because I'm curi- ous about what you, our readership, might think. Are these changes ones that excite you, or make you nervous? Or perhaps you've been sitting on your own brilliant scheme to change the face of field ornithology's journal of record? No matter the case, we want the feedback. Please do not hesitate to reach out, now or at any point in the future. n

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