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Get Your American Kestrel ABA BoY Badge!

We’re not going to let the American Kestrel, the first ABA Bird of the Year, pass on without an aggressive and strong finish! Just so you know, we plan to have the American Kestrel carry on its reign as “Bird of the Year” until March. It more than deserves its full twelve months in the spotlight. There is still time for us to rally with some really cool things to do together. Based on your letters and comments, it sounds like you’re anxious to participate and to continue celebrating one of our most awesome birds. Thank you! Let’s get to it!

Similar to the American Kestrel stickers we are now sporting on our optics and other interesting places, we now have an official American Kestrel ABA Bird of the Year Badge you can place on your individual websites and blogs. Visit the ABA BoY website where you can grab the html code – found in the lower left column. This is one of the most simple and easy ways you can show your support, so we wanted to get it out to you quickly.

This badge and those stickers you’re wearing will come to mean much more to you over the next few of months. Its symbol strengthens as our combined efforts add layers of meaning and experience, endearing this little falcon deeper into our hearts and actions.

While our friendly ABA administration approves the ideas already on the table, please join me in a renewed effort to report every American Kestrel sighting to eBird. Even if you’re just driving to work and see a Kestrel on the powerline, please report it. This citizen science data will aid conservation efforts on behalf of this awesome species which is struggling in some parts of North America. It’s fun. It’s free. It’s easy. And it’s important!

Please stay tuned for more ways you can celebrate the ABA Bird of the Year!

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Robert Mortensen

Robert Mortensen

Robert is most widely known as the host of, a multi-author blog sharing enthusiasm for birds and birding. He is also the ABA's Bird of the Year program coordinator. Robert began birding in the summer of 2004 when his father-in-law handed him a pair of binoculars to go on a Sunday afternoon walk at Deer Flat Wildlife Refuge in Idaho. Birding was an instant addiction. Married to Jessica since 1999, they have four children that keep them hopping. They live in Bountiful, Utah adjacent to spectacular birding at parks and refuges on the eastern shore of the Great Salt Lake. Robert earned his degree in Construction Management from Brigham Young University and somehow fits his construction career around his birding. He is a "well-rounded nerd" who enjoys adventures with his family, serving in his church and Boy Scouts of America, family history, music, and an avid college football fan. Robert plays clarinet and saxophone and enjoys singing too. For question about the Bird of the Year program, you can reach Robert at [email protected]
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