ABA recommendation and endorsement

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Subject: ABA recommendation and endorsement
From: "Pete Thayer" <>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 1998 16:32:01 -0500
Dear Birder,

We thought you might like to see the following announcement concerning the
American Birding Association and our CD-ROM Birds of North America:

Birds of North America, by Thayer Birding Software, has received the
official endorsement and recommendation of the American Birding Association!
It is the only birding CD-ROM to ever have received this honor.

Greg Butcher, Executive Director of the American Birding Association,
announced today that the ABA had reviewed the birding CD-ROMs and based on
their analysis, Birds of North America by Thayer Birding Software, is the
only CD-ROM recommended and endorsed by the American Birding Association.

Thayers Birds of North America was chosen over the Audubon Interactive Guide
to North American Birds and the Peterson Multimedia Guides: North American
Birds, among others.

We would appreciate it if you would link your web site to ours. The URL is:
At this site we have descriptions of our products as well as FREE checklists
for every state and province, rare bird alert phone numbers, the Top 100
birding spots in North America, and the largest collection of bird jokes on
the Internet. We also have a list of 1,500 bird books that can be purchased
for 20 - 30% below retail prices.

Thayers Birds of North America CD-ROM features all 917 species ever seen in
the U.S. and Canada and includes over 2,700 color photos. In addition, the
innovative CD-ROM includes 121 video clips, side-by-side comparisons of the
birds, range maps, seasonal abundance maps and information on each bird?s
nesting habits, chick development, feeding preferences and more.
Thayers CD-ROM contains over 1200 songs and calls for almost 700 species
(some birds do not have any songs!). Mr. Greg Budney, Curator, Library of
Natural Sounds, Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology commented on the song
quality saying Thayer Birding Software offers the highest fidelity bird
songs found on any CD-ROM project.
Birdwatchers find that the ability to see a bird and hear its song is a
valuable learning tool. The CD-ROM contains over 250 quizzes. Users can quiz
themselves on the bird?s photo, song and range map. The difficulty of
quizzes can be set at Easy, Not So Easy or Hurt Me Plenty.
Another section of the CD-ROM is ideal for new birdwatchers. Just select the
bird?s size, colors, habitat (woods, seashore, etc) and the state or
province where you saw the bird. The CD-ROM then shows pictures of all birds
that meet those criteria!
Other innovative features of Thayers Birds of North America include
- The Avian Jukebox
- Birds of the World Sampler (300+ photos of strange and colorful birds of
the world)
- Links to birding web sites on the Internet
- Bird checklists for each state and province
- A list of the top 100 birding spots in North America
- Plans for attracting birds, including seed preferences and diagrams for
bird houses

The American Birding Association, based in Colorado Springs, Colorado,  is a
group of 20,000 dedicated birders. The ABA is a not-for-profit organization,
which provides leadership to field birders by increasing their knowledge,
skills, and enjoyment of birding. ABA supports the interests of birders of
all ages and experience. ABA actively encourages the conservation of birds
and their habitats. ABA promotes field birding skills and bird conservation
through publications, projects, and partnerships. ABA champions ethical
birding behavior. The web site URL is:

Thayer Birding Software is based in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Peter W. Thayer,
President, founded the software firm in 1994.
Birds of North America was the first birding CD-ROM covering all the birds
of North America. Version 1 was released in 1994. The newest version 2 was
released in 1997.
Thayer Birding Software offers free updates to the birds as well as new
quizzes on its web site at In that way the CD-ROM never
becomes obsolete. New birds are added to the CD-ROM when a species flies in
from Mexico or Europe for the first time. In addition, scientists
occasionally decide a species should be split into two species, creating new
birds for Thayer?s CD-ROM. The price of the CD-ROM is $65.

Peter Thayer, President
Thayer Birding Software
P.O. Box 43243
Cincinnati, OH 45243
800-865-2473 or 513-561-4486

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