North American Birds

VOLUME 70 NO1 2017

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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2 N O R T H A M E R I C A N B I R D S Editors' Notebook / The Changing Seasons Of Gales, Witches, and Gathering Storms TOM REED, Editor • 81 REEDS BEACH ROAD • CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE, NEW JERSEY 08210 • [TREED@ABA.ORG] L ong-time readers of this journal will likely find their eyebrows slightly ele- vated once discovering that the (usual- ly separate) Editor's Notebook and Changing Seasons pieces have become one in this is- sue. Truth be told, by the time Mike Hudson and I found ourselves at the helm of North American Birds, fall 2015 was an increasingly distant speck in the rearview mirror, and the clock had been ticking for some time with regard to getting this particular issue out the door. Attempting to tackle the finer points of the season simply would have been a dis- service to both the readership and the birds; therefore and with some level of regret it was decided that a better direction, in this instance anyway, would involve an assess- ment on the current state of the journal, and a summary of what we viewed as the season's primary avian event. But first let me offer the following, so that we are perfectly clear about what to expect going forward. Mike and I both highly value the Editor's Notebook portion of the jour- nal, and see it as a space necessary for gen- eral housekeeping: announcements about changes affecting the journal, arrivals and departures of regional editors, and new fea- tures that will enhance the journal's impact and reach. Likewise, Changing Seasons has been an integral staple of this publication, something that at the absolute least deserves to live on and continue in its role of syn- thesizing the long-term trends and biggest events affecting North America's changing bird populations; indeed, a coming together of any season's main storylines, a necessary archive, and a resource for the infinite future. Now, we will not say that these will remain exactly the same, and indeed some evolution of these sections may occur in time. Howev- er, readers can expect the Editor's Notebook and Changing Seasons to return to their re- spective positions in the next issue. Where to Next For those of us who dabble in the world of bird status & distribution, and especially for those of us who have a great love for publications dedicated to such topics, we know that the current state of affairs is a bit

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