North American Birds

VOLUME 69 NO3 2016

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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N O R T H A M E R I C A N B I R D S 314 A Job Well Done Two long-serving, hard-working Re- gional Editors departed this life in 2016 and will be very much missed by friends, colleagues, and family members. Anthony Walker White, part of our West Indies & Bermuda editorial team, died 31 May at age 79. Tony was a 1958 Princeton University graduate with a B.A. in English and had remarkable facility with Asian languages, fluent in Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, and Russian. In the U. S. Navy, he served as cryptologist on vessels stationed in Taiwan, Japan, Alaska, and Scotland. During the Pueblo incident of 1968, he narrowly escaped capture by North Korean forces. For the remainder of his career, he was one of the Navy's leading experts on Chinese and Soviet submarine operations, and he retired at the rank of Commander. In 1971, Tony married Katherine Porter Isham on Lyford Cay, Bahamas. As a part-time resident in the Bahamas, Tony became an authority on Caribbean birdlife. He served on the Wildlife Committee and Council of the Bahamas National Trust, founded the Trust's New Providence Bird Club, and supported Christmas Bird Count work on New Providence, Grand Bahama, and Abaco. In 1998, his book, A Birder's Guide to The Bahama Islands, was published by the American Birding Association. Readers who have had occasion to look up records in this journal via the Searchable Ornithologi- cal Research Archive (https://sora.unm. edu) have Tony White to thank: he personally funded the digitalization of back issues. Laurie Alan Wormington, who served as Regional Editor for Ontario and as Associate Editor for the jour- nal, died 3 September at age 62. Per- Editors' Notebook Editors' Notebook dia and had little contact with troves of data from generations past, mostly contained in print media. Interpersonal connections, such as those fostered by bird clubs and mentoring relationships, have likewise suffered during the digi- tal revolution. The divide has led to dis- may and misunderstandings, to say the least, but there is still time to reach out across the divide. Happily, many efforts are underway that will make histori- cal data more readily available through projects such as eBird. For our part, we are fortunate that the contents of this journal and its predeces- sor publications will soon be included in the growing collections of the Biodi- versity Heritage Library, a consortium of major natural history museum librar- ies and other institutions that currently contain over two million volumes on- line, all open-access. We thank Patrick Randall, manager of the Expanding Ac- cess to Biodiversity Literature project, and Martin Kalfatovic, Program Direc- tor, for agreeing to include the journal in this august collection. We anticipate that search capabilities will be outstand- ing, which will help those of us who write histories of the status and distri- bution of birds in our area immensely. For those who would like to check the interface, note that our eldest anteced - ent publication, Bird-Lore, has already been scanned and made available on the site: bibliography/46940#/summary. A Return to the Field It is not correct to say I've missed out on birding for the past few decades. I've managed to visit a few new states and countries and to see a few new county birds since beginning editorial work. But many thousands of hours have haps the single most influential On- tario naturalist of his generation, Alan was mostly self-taught, dropping out of high school in Hamilton at age 17 to study wildlife. Over the decades, his name became almost synonymous with birding at Point Pelee, where he recorded 368 of the 393 species known from that paradisiacal location. He was also a pioneer in birding northern On- tario, particularly along Lake Superior and James Bay shores. Alan served on the Ontario Birds Records Committee and documented all of his own obser- vations exhaustively; his attention to detail was extraordinary (some would say exasperating), and he kept track of records for the Pelee Birding Area with great precision. Alan published numer- ous articles on birds (his first at age 16) and on butterflies, and he left behind nearly completed manuscripts entitled The Rare Birds of Ontario and The Rare Butterflies of Ontario, which hopefully will become available in the future. In 2016, too, we reluctantly accept- ed the retirement of several veteran Regional Editors: Mark Lockwood of Texas; Bruce Anderson of Florida; Lee Jones of Central America; and Peter Donaldson of Hawaii. The editors and readers of this journal, and the Ameri- can Birding Association staff and mem- bership, thank them for their long ser- vice to the journal and their top-notch editorial work. And please do thank them in person when you see them out birding! Posterity One of the great laments occasioned by the sudden arrival of digital media is that it created a divide between gen- erations of birders: young birders have gravitated toward real-time digital me-

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