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Announcing the 2012 ABA Bird of the Year!


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What's it gonna be? photo by Jeffrey Gordon

 The wait is finally over! After inaugurating the ABA Bird of the Year program last March with the American Kestrel, we're thrilled to announce our totem bird for 2012. Watch the video below to find out!


Of course, this is only the beginning. You're going to be seeing a lot of cool new things in this edition of the Bird of the Year program, starting with a new, more durable sticker design. Those selfsame stickers should be arriving in the mailboxes of ABA members starting today. They're tucked inside the March 2012 issue of Birding, so be watching for the postman or postwoman.

One very cool thing you can check out right now is our new Bird of the Year web site, at

Also check out this companion post which will tell you about some of the great people and plans behind this year's ABA BoY.


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The ABA 2012 Bird of the Year Sticker



The ABA 2012 Bird of the Year Badge



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Jeff Gordon

Jeff Gordon

Jeff Gordon is the president of the American Birding Association. There's very little about birds, birding, and birders that he doesn't find fascinating, though he's especially interested in birding culture and the many ways we all communicate our passion for birds, including this Blog.
  • That video was hilarious Jeff! The disco ball coming down from the air diffuser was classic stuff. I’m laughing so hard my eyes are watering.

    Thanks all for your support of the ABA and of the Bird of the Year program. We hope you have a lot of fun with it this year.

  • Perfect timing! My 2011 sticker finally fell off my lens cover just the other day.

  • I don’t know if I approve of the ABA spending our membership money on such high-tech special effects. Ha!

    It’s not a Green Heron but I guess I can live with that – Green Heron in 2013!

  • You goof- Love it! Great bird choice from lots of awesome possibilities.

  • Yep, we could have done a lot of good things with all that money. But I just had to have the CGI disco ball. Somehow, the real one didn’t look as, you know, real. 😉

  • Thanks, Robert!

    It’s been just great having you help out with this program. Here’s to many more gala premiers!

  • Glad to hear it. I think this year’s stickers will hold up a lot better. A number of people reported peeling problems with last years.

  • Jeff, my wife’s favorite part is in that precise moment when a piece of confetti scares you.

    I also like it when you groan-laugh right after the confetti “did I really just do this?” Ah man…good stuff. Just the right amount of cheese.

  • Ted Floyd

    Ah, but which Evening Grosbeak?

    Check out this analysis by Nathan Pieplow:

  • Ted Floyd

    Hannah and Andrew’s favorite part comes at the 0’37” mark. They’ve watched that, oh, 100 times.

  • My Adobe Flash froze up yesterday. Finally got to watch the Video Reveal this morning. HA HA HA!! My favorite part is the groan, too. Wahh!

    Delighted to be a part of the fun. Can’t wait to see the EVGR cover in the mailbox!


  • Liz Deluna Gordon

    Julie, the cover is just gorgeous. Thanks so much. Our not yet birder accountant hung the tear sheet cover on her bulletin board. She liked it so much.

  • Ah, when the not yet birders like the cover, you’ve done your job. Thanks, Wiz! I think it looks pretty smashing, very true color representation too. And Tick Ridge Road is going to look just about that green in a very short time at the rate we’re going–mid 80’s and holding, and everything is busting out like crazy.

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