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Wild Bird magazine ceases publication!

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Old Tuesday 31st July 2012, 03:29   #1
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Wild Bird magazine ceases publication!

When I picked up my mail today, I got one of the few magazines that I eagerly look forward to: the September/October issue of Wild Bird. As I sorted through the rest of my mail, there was a post card from the publisher of Wild Bird saying that "due to increased printing and postal costs", they were ceasing publication immediately... with the issue I had in my hand!!

To say I am angry and annoyed is an understatement! Wild Bird is/was one of the few publications with good photography, well-written articles and worthwhile information.

The part of this that has me most riled is that the publisher, BowTie Inc. will continue to publish "Dog Fancy" and Cat Fancy"... I am sure that there have to be as many if not more birders than dog or cat fanciers... but then that's just my opinion.

I will now miss having a publication that catered strictly to wild birds, and hope that another publisher will step up to the plate, and resume where Wild Bird left off...


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The editor of WildBird discussed this a little on Facebook. The reason she was given is the rising printing and postal costs. She asked about the possibility of doing a digital-only version, but the publisher just wasn't interested. That's really odd to me, as both of WildBird's main competitors - Bird Watcher's Digest and Birdwatching - both have digital versions.

Chris, if you haven't before, check out those other publications. If I had to put them on a scale, I would say that BWD falls more toward the backyard birder and Birdwatching more to the field birder. But that's just relative to each other - I enjoy both of them. Personally, I've subscribed to all 3 magazines for years now, and preferred these to WildBird. But I'm still sorry to see it go, and hope that it doesn't portend bad things for other bird publications.
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