This month was a difficult one for those of us at the ABA. We mourned the loss of our friend and colleague Betty Petersen, whose incredible work for birders and bird researchers in Latin America through the Birders' Exchange program was truly inspirational. We all owe a great debt to Betty, both for her work as a force for good for birds, and her role as something of an institutional historian. We will miss her terribly.
Here at the ABA Blog, we had a great month, no doubt thanks to the great work of our contributors, both regular and guest.
The most far-reaching of those guest posts was Brooke McDonald's The Field Glass Ceiling, a look at the relative absence of women in positions of authority in birding.
We also had an insider's look at a exhibition of the nature artist Owen Gromme by Susan Ford-Hoffert and a piece by Dave Magpiong encouraging birders to take opportunities to promote birding whenever they can.
As for our regular contributors, Events Coordinator George Armistead announces the ABA's first event outside of the ABA Area, a safari to Africa in the fall of 2014.
Birding editor Ted Floyd is at his provacative best, challenging ideas if what a Big Day, or even a Big Year can be. He also challenges the rules of birding, both overt and unsaid.
Greg Neise's piece on how the family of birders can cut across lines what other aspects of our culture cannot, was one of the month's highlights.
June was a productive month for #ABArares, as John Puschock kept us all informed of Red-necked Stint in Massachusetts, a state first Tropical Kingbird in Pennsylvania, an amazing Lesser White-fronted Goose, Dark-sided Flycatcher, and White-throated Needletail in Alaska, and Variegated Flycatcher in Florida.
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See you in July!