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Last Updated 3/18/16
The Kingbird - Archive of NYSOA's Quarterly Journal

Volume 63 (2013) added 3/18/16

Since January 2010, NYSOA has made back issues of its quarterly journal, The Kingbird, available online for research and educational purposes. This searchable archive contains all but the most recent 2-3 years' issues. If you find this archive useful and would like to receive new issues of The Kingbird as they are published, please support NYSOA by becoming a member.
Currently the following issues of The Kingbird are available for browsing & searching: Volumes 1-63 (1950-2013) - a total of 252 regular issues plus the History of the First Fifty Years, a supplement published in 1998.

Note:  When printing from Adobe Reader or Acrobat, use the "Auto Rotate and Center" setting for 8.5x11 (A4) paper. Alternatively, if your printer has duplex capability, you can print in booklet style by selecting "Booklet Printing" from the "Page Scaling" drop-down list and then setting your printer to duplex mode.

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Browse Complete Back Issues & 10-year Indices, 1950-2013

The menus below contain links for the issues that are currently in the database. To search the online database for specific keywords, use the search form below these menus.. These complete issue files are fairly large, up to 8MB in size.


SPECIAL ISSUE: Vol. 48 Supplement 1 (September 1998): History of the First Fifty Years

Keyword/Text Search of past issues, 1950-2013

Use this search application as you would any of the popular online search engines. Simply type the word(s) or phrases you wish to search for and click the Search button. To search for a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks (e.g. "eastern kingbird"). Below the field where you enter the keywords, you see "Match" any or all. Here you can specify whether the search should consider only documents containing all the words you typed, or those containing any of the words you typed.

To find a specific regional report, enter the following in the search field (enclosed in quotes):
               "region n season yyyy"        Example: "region 5 summer 1982"

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1. In the search results list, you can find the year, volume, and number of the Kingbird issue containing the article cited. Just look at the URL in the last line. The filename in the URL is in the format yyyyyvvvnnnxxxxxxx.pdf, so you can easily pick out the year, volume, and issue number, plus information like author, kingbird region, etc., depending on the type of article cited.
2. You may find errors in some files in the database. Most of these have been introduced during the automated scanning and text recognition process. If you find substantive errors that you feel need to be corrected, please . Please be aware also that there may be exception cases where a word was not recognized by the indexing software in a particular file, so that the file may not appear in the results list when that word is searched for.

Tips on Searching

  • - Use spaces to separate keywords and/or phrases.
  • - To search for a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks.
  • - Note that * and ? wildcards are supported. For example, *bird would return both "bluebird" as well as "catbird" but ???bird would return catbird but not bluebird.
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