Free updates were created a few months ago for all three of our birding DVDs. These include the Gold edition (version 5), Birds of North America version 4 and Birds of My State or Province version 4. If you did not yet download them, you may want to do it now.
After downloading and installing these free updates, you will be running version 5.0.3 or version 4.0.1.
To get these free updates, simply open your birding program and click on "Check For Updates." Click here
for details on how to do this. (You need to do this step twice
The updates add a number of minor features to all three programs. In addition, the Gold edition now includes a few special features we created for version 4.
These free updates also make a number of changes to the bird taxonomy. A few groups of birds, like the Longspurs, have been moved around in the checklist while others have been placed in entirely new Orders or Families! Also, two birds were split. The Whip-poor-will is now Eastern Whip-poor-will and Mexican Whip-poor-will. Winter Wren is now Pacific Wren and Winter Wren.
All changes match those suggested by the American Ornithologists' Union in their 51st Supplement
. An announcement in the Forums section of ThayerBirding.com summarizes these changes
and explains their impact on your birding program.
It is important to note that you will need to check for updates TWICE. The first download and installation is rather small and the second download and installation is much larger.