If it's alive and it lives wild, it's wildlife.

Kevin J. Cook                                              Kevin@WildlifeWindow.com


Catalogs Not Checklists


     For Wildlife Window I prefer to use “catalog” rather than “checklist” because I see a meaningful distinction between the two.  Specifically, and without elaboration here, I regard a checklist as a document that serves the needs and interests of people who pursue a particular wildlife group as a recreation; I regard a catalog as a document that serves the needs of people with a more academic interest in wildlife.  A clear example makes the case.

     The extinct Carolina Parakeet should be included in a catalog of Colorado birds but excluded in a checklist of Colorado birds.  Extinction simultaneously renders the species of no recreational birding interest but of significant interest in ecological scholarship.

     Criteria by which a species may be included in a catalog will necessarily differ from the criteria used for building checklists; and as a natural consequence, a catalog will be a more robust document.


Using the Catalogs


     Catalogs are presented alphabetically using American names.  Families are given first, in boldface, beneath which are listed group names and their respective species.  The alphabetical treatment is preferable in this application because the alphabet sequence is both uniform and immutable.  Though phylogenetic sequence confers more biological information, the sequence lacks unanimity and varies according to both source and date.

     Latinized family name, genus name, and specific epithet are given for each species so that you may investigate the most current classification by cross-referencing to Wildlife Window Classification.

     The status information given for each species includes both biotic and cultural elements.

     Bold-type numbers preceding names indicate interpretive notes available at the end of the catalog.

     All specific American names are treated as proper nouns and so have upper case initial letters.

     A uniform system of name hyphenation is used throughout all Wildlife Window Catalogs.  Whenever two words are used as a single-word name, a hyphen is used.  This contradicts emerging usage in botany – “lanceleaf” as opposed to “lance-leaved” – and traditional but erratic usage for snakes – “rattlesnake” but “garter snake.”


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