The Case for Adding the U.S. Territories in the Caribbean to the ABA Area

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The islands were purchased by the United States from Denmark in 1916. It is the fairest, most inclusive, and simplest option that could be adopted, and it is consistent with the addition of Hawaii. I recently asked whether Puerto Rico should be part of the American Birding Association’s ABA Area. That post led to a spirited discussion on the ABA Facebook page. I will suggest an answer to the question: this post makes the argument that both Puerto Rico and the U.S.

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The Domestic Turkey and the First Thanksgiving

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Long before that time Mexican domesticated Turkeys had been adopted by Native Americans in the American Southwest as well. Dates of first arrival listed by Schorger (1966) are: Italy 1520, Germany 1530, France 1538, England 1541, Denmark and Norway 1550, Sweden 1556. This is the time of year that we rightfully contemplate the noble Turkey.