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Saturday, July 12, 2014
Map - How Birders See America
When the average person sees a map of the Lower 48, they may have a few ideas about what's where. Pizza in New York, surfing in Southern California, jazz in New Orleans, Old Faithful in Yellowstone... you get the idea. But birding changes your perception of the map. No longer is South Florida "only" the land of retirees - it's also the place to pick up nearly every introduced exotic species known to man. We originally wanted to do a map of the entire ABA area, but I have no clue what birding is like in about 80% of Canada (though I could have smacked a giant "Tim Horton's" across the country). It still proved to be a challenge to fill some of the more under-birded and unknown regions of the United States - but we finished up with (what we think is) a good representation of a Birder's Map of America. Some of the stereotypes are based on recent rarities, while others are based on what we deemed to be the species most representative of the region.
This map is intended to show what birders actually see when they behold the beautiful map of 'Murica. If you think we nailed it, or if you completely disagree and are disgusted that we even created this, comment below - we'd love to hear from you.