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Photo Quiz: October 2015 Birding

No more Mr. Nice Guy. We've had some easy (but instructive) photos recently: a black-and-white Black-and-white… [read more]

Photo Quiz: October 2015 Birding Photo Quiz: October 2015 Birding

The ABA’s Spark Bird Project Puts Binoculars in the Hands of Kids

What could a kid discover if they had the tools we birders often take for granted? What could they find? Birds,… [read more]

The ABA’s Spark Bird Project Puts Binoculars in the Hands of Kids The ABA's Spark Bird Project Puts Binoculars in the Hands of Kids

Open Mic: Wedge-rumped Storm-Petrel(s) in California

At the Mic: Steve N.G. Howell Bodega Bay, an hour or so north of San Francisco, California, is the… [read more]

Open Mic: Wedge-rumped Storm-Petrel(s) in California Open Mic: Wedge-rumped Storm-Petrel(s) in California

Highlights from 2015 Camp Colorado: A Photo-Video Essay

I got to spend July 6-12, 2015 in the field in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado with twenty-two young… [read more]

Highlights from 2015 Camp Colorado: A Photo-Video Essay Highlights from 2015 Camp Colorado: A Photo-Video Essay

Small Town Unites to Aid Baby Flicker

In the United States, we celebrate Independence Day on the Fourth of July. Canada's closest analog, Canada… [read more]

Small Town Unites to Aid Baby Flicker Small Town Unites to Aid Baby Flicker

ABA Checklist Committee Adds Rufous-necked Wood-Rail to ABA Checklist

The ABA Checklist Committee (hereafter, CLC) recently voted 8–0 to accept the Rufous-necked Wood-Rail… [read more]

ABA Checklist Committee Adds Rufous-necked Wood-Rail to ABA Checklist ABA Checklist Committee Adds Rufous-necked Wood-Rail to ABA Checklist
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You Can Help the ABA Finish Strong in 2015!


Do you value your birding community? Are you appreciative of all the people in our growing community who do the little things to advocate for birders and birds? Our expanding circles of friends and acquaintances in the bird world are chock full of those who offer their time, their enthusiasm, their expertise, so that out community can stay vibrant. The field trip leaders, the guide authors, the leaders of local and state bird clubs, sure. But also the people who find great birds and the homeowners who allow us to see them. Those who share their scope, their knowledge, their experiences. We have so, so much to be thankful for.

Make a donation of $150 or more to the ABA and receive this gorgeous print of the ABA's 2015 Bird of the Year by ABA member Rafael Galvez, signed by the artist

Make a donation of $150 or more to the ABA and receive this gorgeous print of the ABA’s 2015 Bird of the Year by ABA member Rafael Galvez, signed by the artist

Certainly, the ABA is no different. We are incredibly thankful for the support members and fans have shown us throughout 2015. That appreciation goes out to active participants, members, and advocates for birds, birders, and birding, as well as those who have been generous with donations of time, money, or optics.

If you value this North American birding community like we do, we want to ask that you consider a generous year-end gift to our annual appeal to help the ABA continue its work to inspire all people to enjoy and protect wild birds.

This has been a big year indeed for the ABA birding community, filled with ambitious projects both continuing and new. Birding magazine continues as the premier resource for birders, and Birder’s Guide series has focused attention on popular and useful topics, including travel, gear, listing and taxonomy, as well as the many ways ABA members contribute to conservation and help build the birding community.

The growth in our online resources continues to astound, with tens of thousands of unique monthly users for Birding News, The ABA Blog and the ABA Rare Bird Alert. Our young birder camps have enjoyed universally admired successes, even growing in 2016. We continue to add titles to the ABA field guide series, with California recently released and Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and New York coming soon. We continue to advance the cause of bird conservation initiatives in the National Wildlife Refuge System by offering the 2015-2016 Federal Duck Stamp through our website.

And most exciting of all, the new Spark Bird Initiative aims to put quality binoculars in the hands of underserved schoolchildren via successful environmental education programs in Ohio, California, Massachusetts, and beyond.

Just as important are recent initiatives by our Checklist and Recording Standards & Ethics committees and by the ABA Awards program. The hardworking committees have refined and provided guidance for how to bird “the ABA Way”–and have added more species to the ABA list!

Your year-end gift will help the ABA birding community continue to grow these and other programs, as well as support the development of new innovations that will secure both the legacy and future of birding. Please respond today by credit card online at our secured website or by calling our office at (800) 850-2473 or (302) 838-3650.

As a special thank you, we are offering beautiful prints of our ABA 2015 Bird of the Year, the Green Heron, by Rafael Galvez, a leading bird artist and ABA member. Those donating $150 or more will receive an 11” x 14” print, hand-signed by the artist. For qualifying donations received by phone, online, or by mail on or before Monday, December 7, the commemorative prints will be delivered by December 24. For qualifying donations received between December 8 and 31, the prints will be sent in January 2016.

We wish you a joyous and bright holiday season and a happy and prosperous New Year. And we hope that birding and belonging to the ABA community continue to bring meaning and excitement to you all the year through.

Happy Thanksgiving from the ABA


Happy Thanksgiving to those ABA members who are celebrating this week*. I hope you enjoy the one holiday on the calendar that features a bird in a starring role.

We’ll be taking the next couple days off from the ABA Blog, and this is just a reminder of that. Please note that the regularly scheduled Rare Bird Alert will be published one day later, on Saturday, rather than it’s customary Friday spot. For those ABA members looking to take advantage of some post-Thanksgiving holiday shopping, please consider our ABA Shop for ABA apparel, and our friends at Buteo Books to fill out the birding libraries of your birding friends and family.

Have a happy day! And be sure to try to get out and look at some birds if you can find the time.

*Yes, I know that our Canadian members celebrated Thanksgiving last month, but this is more of an explanation as to why the ABA Blog will be light on content for the next couple days rather than any attempt to slight our friends to the north.

Join the ABA in India, or Closer to Home!

Last Call for India! Just a couple spots left for the ABA India Safari: Taj, Tigers and Birding (sign up now!). Perhaps the world’s richest cultural landscape, and famous for its rich birdlife and mammalian megafauna, including the regal Bengal Tiger, this ABA Event starts and ends in the capital, New Delhi. We’ll visit two [read more…]

Blog Birding #252

With so many options for places to learn about birds, both online and off, where do we send beginners that won’t overwhelm them? Carrie Laben at 10,000 Birds solicits advice.

As my faithful readers know, I have a long-standing fascination with helping (and, at times, inadvertently confusing) interested non-birders – those who are entering the [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: November 20, 2015

Much of the birding news of the past week was swallowed up by the incredible movement of Franklin’s Gulls in the Great Lakes and Mid-Atlantic, followed by a similarly impressive flight of Cave Swallows in those same places a day or so later. Franklin’s Gulls were found in nearly every state and province that borders [read more…]

I’m Losing My Hearing, Part 3: Life is Good

In Parts 1 and 2 of this three-part post, we looked at Allard’s ground crickets, Cedar Waxwings, and Brown Creepers. Actually, we listened to them. To the extent that we looked at them, we did so spectrographically: We “saw” their songs and calls in the form of sound spectrograms—computer readouts of various aspects, or parameters, [read more…]

I’m Losing My Hearing, Part 2: Keep Calm and Get Help

In Part 1 of this three-part post, I told you I’m having some trouble hearing the soft, high-pitched song of the Allard’s ground cricket (Allonemobius allardi). Now what?

Laura Erickson, writing in the October 2015 issue of Birding magazine, has some advice. Her article, “Cedar Waxwings—I Can’t Hear Them: Digital Bird Song Hearing Aids,” is [read more…]

I’m Losing My Hearing, Part 1: Bummer Dude

A little while ago, I had a strange experience. I was walking along one of the trails near my house in the suburbs northwest of Denver, Colorado, and I noticed that all the Allard’s ground crickets (Allonemobius allardi) were calling from the grass along the left side of the trail. I continued twenty paces, and [read more…]

A Bird in the Bush

I have been writing for a long time about big years, so it is likely that I have covered this topic before, possibly more than once. Because I am in the throes of planning another big year, however, this topic has again risen to the surface. How do I decide where to go look for [read more…]

Blog Birding #251

Swainson’s Warbler is ghost for many, plain and skulky in the dense vegetation it calls home. It’s a real experience to see one well, as Stephen Hannington at The Accidental Birder did at the Rio Grande Festival last week. But, of course, there’s sometimes more to the story…

Quite unlike the living jewels so typical [read more…]

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