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Open Mic: A Colorado Springs farewell to the ABA

At the Mic: Mel Goff

It is a done deal. The ABA headquarters is moving to Delaware City, Delaware. We have packed up the office, said our goodbyes. We wish them well.

But they will be missed. For five years I have been a volunteer each week at the ABA. It has been a memorable time. I have had the opportunity to meet, and even bird with, some of the best birders around. One-on-one with Greg Miller? Check. Having Jeff Gordon take part (periodically) in our weekly outings? Check. Fall and winter bird counts with Ted Floyd? Check.

For the last couple of years, Wednesday mornings was an “L” of a good time. Liz, Lisa, LeAnne and Lynne made the trip to Old Colorado City where ABA HQs is located fun and definitely worth the drive. LeAnne and Lisa help make the ABA machine run smoothly and provide its members with excellent support. Liz amazes us with the number of people she knows and how she can get things done while keeping her trademark sense of humor. Lynne was Lynne – doing a myriad of tasks, including our fun time counting proxies before last year’s annual meeting.


The ABA’s old home in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Others that made the five years at ABA a great learning experience included David, Bryan, Greg, Nate, Bill, and Chip. Birders Exchange, the ABA Young Birder Program, and other ABA initiatives all contributed to making this an organization of which I am proud to be a member. I even got to meet some of the members of the ABA Board of Directors. Lou, George, Matt, Kenn and especially Susan showed our great organization is truly made up of friendly folks who care about birds, birding, and birders.

The American Birding Association is moving – east to new digs; up to new heights of excellence; away from its home for many years in Colorado Springs. We may be flyover country to our nation’s politicos, but the birds love us and stop by every year on their journeys up and down the face of the Rocky Mountains. Those of us who stay behind hope you will continue to visit us as we do our part to keep birding alive, meaningful and fun for veteran, new and future birders on the Front Range.


Now retired and living in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Mel Goff volunteered in the American Birding Association’s library, where we were all extremely happy to have him.

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