The Birds of North America was initiated in 1992 as a collaboration between the Academy of Natural Sciences and the American Ornithological Society. Initially produced in hard copy, BNA provided encyclopedic coverage of the biology of North American breeding birds, with species accounts written by recognized experts. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the 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.
We are now in a position to expand and improve the BNA to take advantage of a wealth of Cornell Lab assets, including rich media from Macaulay Library, and maps and interactive data visualizations from eBird. These changes mark the beginning of a new era for the BNA.
What's next? We will continue to enrich species accounts with content from Macaulay Library and eBird, and improve upon the ways in which we deliver timely and in-depth life history content. Revisions of species account text will be ongoing and we encourage anyone with an interest in shaping the new BNA to get involved (if they aren't already!). With our new capabilities, 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.
I am a true believer in the concept of BNA, and the important role in ornithology that it serves. I look forward to 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).
Senior Editor, Birds of North America