Black-throated Blue Warbler Setophaga caerulescens (hereafter BTBW) is a sexually dimorphic species in the songbird family Parulidae that has been […]
Conodoguinet Cave: American Ornithology’s Forgotten Sanctuary
The longest and most profitable expedition (in new species, if not subscribers) of Alexander Wilson (1766–1813), the Scottish-born poet and […]
The origin of the eponym Cassin’s Finch, aka Pileated House Finch
“It would be preferable to give names descriptive of the subjects – But the most ridiculous and absurd, is that […]
Happy Baculites Day!
I celebrate a personal holiday on November 9 — Baculites Day— the anniversary of my serendipitous (re)discovery of a very […]
Harlan of Harlan’s Hawk: hustling skulls since 1826
Today’s episode in the history of American science takes a closer look at Richard Harlan (1796–1843), namesake of Harlan’s Hawk […]
A few years ago, I read an article by Rico-Guevara and Rubega (2011) that described the tongue of the hummingbird […]
Who was the first non-male American ornithologist?
The history of American ornithology has not been kind to its non-male contributors. Today, we celebrate a multi-generational community of […]
The (literal) skeletons in the closet of American Ornithology
It’s time to have a frank, long-overdue discussion about the history (and future) of racism in American ornithology. John Kirk […]
Feeling stiff? How to spread your wings after 80 years
Today, for a few reasons, I rehydrated and spread the wing of an Orange-billed Nightingale-thrush (Catharus aurantiirostris phaeoplurus) collected in […]
McCown’s Longspur should not be renamed…unless all honorific names are changed.
[Update, 24 June 2019: After thinking about this topic more, and discussing it with friends and colleagues, my opinion has […]