The Birds of North America (BNA) provides encyclopedic coverage of the biology of North American breeding birds, with species accounts written by recognized experts. The BNA project was initiated in 1992 as a collaboration between the Academy of Natural Sciences and the American Ornithological Society (AOS), and BNA continues to work closely with AOS’s BNA Advisory Committee to this day. Initially produced in hard copy, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology along with BNA’s first editor, Alan Poole, spearheaded the second generation of the project by establishing BNA Online in 2004, and account revisions have been ongoing since that time. Over the past three years, BNA has expanded and improved by taking advantage of the wealth of Cornell Lab assets, including images, sounds, and video from Macaulay Library, and maps and data visualizations from eBird. These and other changes initiated a new era for BNA.
What’s next? We will continue to work closely with the BNA Advisory committee. We will continue to enrich species accounts with content from Macaulay Library and eBird, and improve upon the ways that we deliver timely, in-depth life history information. Revisions of accounts continue and we encourage anyone with an interest in shaping these life-history accounts to get involved. With our ability to allow authors to edit accounts online, we are now able to highlight the depth and breadth of our community of contributors more than ever before. We hope that you are as excited as we are to redefine what a life-history monograph can be.
We believe in the value of life-history accounts and their important role in ornithology today. We enjoy working closely with authors on species accounts, and welcome input from both authors and the broader BNA community. If you have comments, please contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Science Editor, Birds of North America