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ABA Conventions are Back! Join us in Corpus Christi!

In the year since the ABA began its revamped events schedule behind coordinator George Armistead, perhaps the most often asked question is “When will the conventions come back?”

Wait no longer!  We’re ready to add the next chapter to a legacy that has spanned decades and influenced any number of birding events worldwide.  The early signup period for the 2014 ABA Convention, held April 22-27 in Corpus Christi, Texas, is NOW.

Migration is at its best in April along the Gulf Coast and there’s no better spot to take it all in than Corpus Christi. Join ABA members and staff for thrilling field trips in search of migrants and Texas specialties.

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Mississippi Kites will be moving through coastal Texas in numbers during the ABA Convention! photo by Jerry Liguori

We have a great lineup of speakers and leaders ready to make this convention a great success. For more information, email events AT aba.org, call (800) 850-2473 or go ahead and REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT HERE.

Convention Speakers:

Gerrit Vyn is a multimedia producer and staff photographer at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Recent work has found him documenting the last remaining Spoon-billed Sandpipers in the Russian Far-east, as well as wildlife poaching in China, and the breeding behavior of birds on Alaska’s Yukon Delta. Gerrit’s images appear regularly in books, magazines, websites and multimedia productions.  He was the primary image provider for the 2009 and 2011 State of the Birds reports that were delivered to the Obama administration and congress by a coalition of leading environmental organizations. He has produced two CD compilations, Voices of North American Owls and Bird Songs of the Pacific Northwest,
and is an affiliate of the International League of Conservation Photographers. Gerrit will present a talk on his expedition to capture the first ever high quality media of the critically endangered Spoon-billed Sandpiper in Chukotka, Russia.

Brian Sullivan is project leader for eBird, and photographic editor for the Birds of North America Online at the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology. An expert lecturer on hawks, he is a co-author of The Crossley ID Guide: Raptors, and the forthcoming Princeton
Guide to North American Birds
. Brian is also co-authoring a book with George Armistead to be published by Princeton titled Essential Birding. He served as photographic editor for the ABA’s journal North American Birds from 2005-2013.

Jeffrey Kimball has made a career in film as a music supervisor/executive on films including A Bronx Tale and Good Will Hunting. But in 2012 he debuted his documentary Birder’s: The Central Park Effect. Jeff will air this film and discuss how and why he made this insightful movie about birders.

ABA Convention Staff: Jeff Gordon (ABA president), Tom Johnson (Birding photo quiz editor), Jen Brumfield (Tropical Birding Tours and Leica Birding), Jennie Duberstein (Editor of The Eyrie), and George Armistead (Events ABA Coordinator), among others.

To see the ABA’s entire schedule of upcoming events, check out the ABA Events homepage!

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