Residents of Colorado, or birders visiting the state the first week of August will be interested in a fun party and farewell open house to be held Saturday, August 9th, at the American Birding Association’s headquarters in Colorado Springs. As many of you know, the ABA is relocating its administrative offices to Delaware City, Delaware, at the end of August. The ABA arrived in Colorado Springs in 1987 from its initial home in Austin, Texas, and has called Colorado its home base for 27 years. The ABA wants to celebrate and say thank you for those years to the many people who have fostered and celebrated the association’s successes–and who supported the ABA during some lean times and growing pains. It’s been quite a ride.
The festivities get under way at 2:00 p.m. Come and say hello, browse through books and office items that are free for the taking, and learn about the ABA’s many recent new initiatives: from supporting habitat protection with the Federal Duck Stamp to publishing new field guides to New Jersey and Colorado by Rick Wright and Ted Floyd, respectively (more titles coming soon!).
At 5:00 p.m., supporters and friends of the ABA can enjoy a cool beverage and reminisce about the ABA’s many years in Colorado. Although the ABA’s headquarters are indeed relocating, the ABA will maintain a very close connection to Colorado, with a number of key staff still being based in the state.
Along with the reminiscing, we’ll talk about the future. ABA President Jeff Gordon and Birding editor Ted Floyd, along with other ABA staff will be there to provide an overview of where things are and where they’re going, as well as to answer questions and glean insights and ideas from you.
But mainly, we’re going to have fun! This event is free and open to the public. ABA members and nonmembers alike are welcome, and young people and curiosity-seekers are especially encouraged to attend. Please join us in Colorado Springs on Saturday, August 9th, and join us in a toast or two to days gone by and days to come.
DIRECTIONS: The ABA is headquartered in the blue-and-white house at 1618 W. Colorado Avenue in Old Colorado CIty, just west of downtown Colorado Springs. From I-25 take the Cimarron (Route 24) exit west toward Manitou Springs. Turn right (north) on 8th Street. Then go left (west) on Colorado Ave. The building is between 16th and 17th streets on the north side of the road. Free parking is available on Colorado Ave. and surrounding streets. Follow signs to the back of the office building, where the festivities will be based.
For more information, call the ABA headquarters (719-578-9703, 800-850-2473) or contact the ABA by email ([email protected]).
Thanks to Ted Floyd for the original draft of this post.