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Cool Green Heron Pix

We at the ABA love the 2015 Bird of the Year so much, we’re giving it away for free! So to speak. For a limited time, read and enjoy John Kricher’s marvelous and informative essay, “A Biologist’s Love Affair with Butorides virescens” [free download, ABA password not required]. Kricher, who served for many years on the ABA Board of Directors, is a widely admired author, educator, and biologist. His writing is both authoritative and fun; you will learn from him, and you’ll have a grand old time in the process.

For a free download of the entire article, click on the link in the main text of this post.

For a free download of the entire article, click on the link in the main text of this post.

“Unfortunately,” you’ll be distracted by the superb photos and art that accompany Kricher’s article. We’re biased, but if there’s a finer gallery of Green Heron photos and art, we don’t know about it. And the story of how this gallery came to be is worth a brief telling.

Very simply, we asked folks on on the ABA’s Facebook page. Within hours, marvelous contributions were streaming in. Some of the very best, alas, came in too late for inclusion. By the way, this is how the more-generalized ABA members’ Photo Salon in the February 2015 Birding [ABA password required for complete content] came to be.

Feedback on these two features has been entirely positive, and you can bet there will be more of these crowd-sourced art and photo galleries in Birding. What would like to see next? Another all-purpose photo salon? A particular species (like the Green Heron) or family of birds? A place or theme or biological aspect? Let us know, please, and we’ll seriously consider your idea.


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Ted Floyd

Ted Floyd

Editor, Birding magazine at American Birding Association
Ted Floyd is the Editor of Birding magazine, and he is broadly involved in other programs and initiatives of the ABA. He is the author of more than 100 magazine and journal articles, and has written four recent books, including an ABA title, the ABA Guide to Birds of Colorado. Floyd is a frequent speaker at birding festivals and state ornithological society meetings, and he has served on the boards of several nonprofit organizations. Mainly, he listens to birds at night.
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