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    ABA Blog in Review: June 2013

    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.

    Big Year guru and board member Lynn Barber announces the winner of her recent contest, and considers the ephemeral nature of Big Years, and how they may not stand the test of time.

    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.

    Summer for Bill Schmoker means lots of fun outdoors, including an experiment in boat-borne cameras and a trip to South Dakota with some beautiful photographs.

    Noah Strycker gets to us twice in one month with a piece on an intense 48 hour bird race, and an even more epic week-long birdathon in Peru.

    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.

    Thanks for reading this month, and if you're a fan of the ABA and you have not yet joined the organization, please continue joining us!

    See you in July!

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    Nate Swick is the editor of the American Birding Association Blog. A long-time member of the bird blogosphere, Nate has been writing about birds and birding at The Drinking Bird since 2007, but can also be found writing regularly at 10,000 Birds. In the non-digital world, he's an environmental educator and interpretive naturalist. Nate lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, with his wife, Danielle, and two young children, who are not yet aware that they are being groomed to be birders.

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