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NOTICE: The ABA’s 2017 Annual Meeting in Harlingen, Texas

The American Birding Association will hold its Annual Membership Meeting on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 5:00 pm at the Harlingen Municipal Auditorium, 1204 Fair Park Blvd, Harlingen, TX 78550 in partnership with our friends at the Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival. The meeting will include an update on our efforts to save Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge, and dozens of storied birding hotspots from being cut off by the proposed additional border wall.

After the meeting, there will be a concert in the park featuring local heroes Del Castillo and an assortment of food trucks to tempt your appetite. We hope that many of you will make plans to join us there!

For those who cannot attend, please review and return this year’s proxy ballot (.pdf). In addition to the outstanding slate of board candidates there, there is an approval in principle to reincorporate the ABA in Delaware.

The ABA’s 2016 meeting, at the headquarters in Delaware City, Delaware, saw the inclusion of Hawaii into the ABA Area.

The board feels that, as a consequence of the move of the Association’s headquarters to Delaware City, it would be in the best interests of the ABA to reincorporate in Delaware.

The primary benefits for such a merger are: (1) incorporating in a jurisdiction whose corporate and regulatory environment best serves the future needs of the Association; (2) reducing the number of regulators overseeing the Association and streamlining regulatory compliance; (3) achieving operating efficiencies of being domiciled in the state of incorporation; and, (4) recognizing the benefits the organization provides to the state of Delaware and the region, making it eligible to receive state and pass through grants to support its operations.

Thank you for your support of the ABA and for taking the time to participate in its governance. It is an honor to serve the birding community and we look forward to seeing many of you in Harlingen next month!

For more information on this year’s annual meeting, please see the official website here.

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