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Help the ABA Finish Strong in 2014!

It’s that time of year again, and we certainly understand that you’ll be seeing a lot of these sorts of messages from a lot of wonderful organizations in the coming weeks so we’ll try not to overdue it. But this is just a reminder that we at the ABA are incredibly thankful for the support members and fans show us throughout the year. Not just financially, but as active participants, members, and advocates for birds, birders, and birding.

We want to ask that you consider a generous year-end gift to our annual appeal to help the ABA continue its work to inspire all people to enjoy and protect wild birds.

Envelope graphics2.psdThis has been a big year indeed for the ABA birding community. Birding magazine continues as the premier resource for birders, and our new Birder’s Guide series has focused attention on popular and useful topics, including travel, gear, listing and taxonomy, as well as the many ways ABA members contribute to conservation and help build the birding community. The growth in our online resources continues to astound, with tens of thousands of unique monthly users for Birding News, The ABA Blog and the ABA Rare Bird Alert. Our young birder camps have enjoyed universally admired successes. A major new field guide series has been launched with Colorado, New Jersey, and Florida with more titles coming soon. In addition, the ABA has advanced the cause of bird conservation initiatives in the National Wildlife Refuge System by offering the 2014-2015 Federal Duck Stamp through our website.

Just as important are recent initiatives by our Checklist and Recording Standards & Ethics committees and by the ABA Awards program. The hardworking committees have refined and provided guidance for how to bird “the ABA Way”–and have added more species to the ABA list! And a new Betty Petersen Award recognizes major contributions to bird conservation and the birding community.

Your year-end gift will help the ABA birding community continue to grow these and other programs, as well as support the development of new innovations that will secure both the legacy and future of birding. Please respond today by credit card online at our secured website or by calling our office at (800) 850-2473 or (302) 838-3650.

We wish you a joyous and bright holiday season and a happy and prosperous New Year. And we hope that birding and belonging to the ABA community continue to bring meaning and excitement to you all the year through.

But wait, there’s more!

As a special thank you, we are offering beautiful prints of our ABA 2014 Bird of the Year, the Rufous Hummingbird, by John Sill, a leading bird artist and longtime ABA member and contributor. Those donating $100 or more will receive an 8 1/2” x 11” print; gifts of $250 or more will qualify for an 11” x 14” print, hand-signed by the artist.

BOY 2014

For qualifying donations received by phone, online, or by mail on or before Monday, December 8, the commemorative prints will be delivered by December 24. For qualifying donations received between December 9 and 31, the prints will be sent in January 2015.

Also, if you’ve made it this far, thanks and don’t forget our gift membership drive that ends at the end of this month! Give the gift of ABA membership in 2015 and be entered to win a pair of Leica Ultravid 7 x 42 binoculars!

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Nate Swick

Nate Swick

Editor, Social Media Manager at American Birding Association
Nate Swick is the editor of the American Birding Association Blog, social media manager for the ABA, and the host of the American Birding Podcast. He lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, with his wife, Danielle, and two young children. He is the author of Birding for the Curious and The ABA Field Guide to Birds of the Carolinas.
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