Bob Stymeist became president and Dorothy Arvidson became editor of Bird Observer in 1983. In other personnel changes, Janet Heywood became production manager and David Lange became subscription manager. The April 1983 issue introduced a new masthead that listed current Bird Observer staff to the inside front cover of the journal. Arvidson introduced other changes in the journal, including a section called Field Notes from Here and There that became an important feature of Bird Observer in the years ahead. Arvidson wrote an At a Glance column that also became a regular feature of Bird Observer. Chris Floyd, Janet Heywood, and David Lange compiled the “Bird Observer of Eastern Massachusetts Index, 1973–1983.” The monthly reports of bird sightings, now titled Field Records, continued to be the dominant feature of Bird Observer.
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