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American Birding Podcast: Birding, Social Media, and the Facebook Summit

It’s time for another episode of the American Birding Podcast!

Birders have always been great at taking advantage of technological tools to pass on birding information. From the early days of the internet in Usenet groups, to listservs and web forums, to omnipresent social media platforms, birders find ways to share sightings and local knowledge. The birding community has made especially good use of Facebook, and the internet giant has taken note. The ABA was received as a guest at the 1st Facebook Communities Summit to talk about two of our more vibrant groups, ABA Rare Bird Alert and What’s This Bird. Jeff Gordon, Greg Neise, and Liz Gordon join me to talk about their experiences, and why it is that birders are so adept at social media.

And be sure to read Jeff’s post on The ABA Blog about his experience, it was really cool that birders and the birding community played such a large role in the event.

I talk briefly about the recent split and lump news, you can read Birder’s Guide editor Michael Retter’s comprehensive run down of all the taxonomic changes.

Thanks again to Rockjumper Worldwide Birding Tours for sponsoring this episode and ABA Events, and to Samson Technologies for providing equipment used on the podcast.

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