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July 2010: Retrospecticus

July 31, 2010

The summer comes on strong in July in North Carolina.  This has been a particularly hot month, and not just the temperature.  It seems our passions run as high as the mercury.

So what happened?  Well, July was the month that ABA presidency issue blew up.  I originally wrote about it here, and also made a play for a staff position with the organization along with some suggestions as to how the ABA can make itself more sustainable going forward.  The first was in the interests of making the long-running leadership issue more transparent, and the second was a plea less for my personal involvement (though that would be great), but for some action to be taken to make the organization more modern and relevant, especially since I still think its mission is an essential one.

Anyway, I was thrilled to see the discussion spill over into some other notable blogs, and I hope that this open forum is a sign of things to come.

But that wasn’t all.  My wife and I enjoyed a beach weekend, which meant that even though it was mid-summer and the birding was slow, at least the birds were different than the ones I find around here.  Plus there were carnivorous plants and Fiddler Crabs.

I considered why it is that birders are so inherently trustworthy compared to the general population.

A new study suggested that there’s cool stuff to be learned about the evolution of neotropic migration.

I completed an entire year of eBird records for the museum at which I work, an achievement of which I’m pretty proud.

And considered the implications of the completely unexpected vagrancy of an Orange-billed Nightingale Thrush South Dakota of all places.

Oh yeah, and I celebrated my third year in the blogosphere.

Thanks for reading guys!  It’s been a fun month.


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