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Open Mic: Diving Back into Birding at Sarapiqui

At the Mic: Jen Hajj, Specialty Group Travel Consultant at Holbrook Travel

Last November, I took my first birding trip to Costa Rica. I had been there before, long ago, with a college group. The academic trip was an introduction to the different regions and wildlife of the area, but it wasn’t a birding trip. [read more…]

ICYMI: Open Mic: A Veterinarian’s Perspective on the Feral Cat Issue

Issues concerning feral cat colonies and their impacts on local bird populations have been a hot topic of late. Birder, Veterinarian, and ABA member Brian Monk offers his thoughts. [read more…]

ABA Events, In Our Own Backyard

If you find yourself in Delaware City this spring and summer, come by the ABA headquarters for one of our weekly Heron Watches.

Every Thursday night, April through June, join ABA birding host Devin Mendez and take in the gathering dusk together on the Delaware City Waterfront as hundreds of herons (Great Blues, Little Blues, [read more…]

ICYMI: Open Mic: The Question of East Coast Pelagic Boundaries

When birders and state Bird Records Committees speak of a “state list” or a “first state record” – they are referring to bird species that have been recorded within a state’s official legal boundaries, as determined by U.S. law and court decisions. Whether on land or at sea, the legal borders of a state (or county or city) and its waters *must* be used in determining where a bird record is assigned. Otherwise it’s not truly a “state list” in any real / official capacity. [read more…]

Open Mic: Once Upon an Endling

At the Mic: Kate Garchinsky

I was 39 years old when I first learned the extinction story of the Carolina Parakeet.

I had been volunteering in wild bird care at Tri-State Bird Rescue in Newark, Delaware. Every day I spent there, I learned of another threat humans impose on birds. Car collisions, window [read more…]

Ted Floyd’s Let’s Go Birding Available for FREE

Hello blog readers!

The American Birding Association, which sponsors this blog among many other free resources, would like to share a wonderful, free e-book with you.

It’s called Let’s Go Birding! and it’s written by Birding magazine editor, Ted Floyd and beautifully illustrated with bird photography by Bill Schmoker.

You already know how birds can [read more…]

Open Mic: On Being a Hatch Year Birder

At the Mic: Jeff Kietzmann

I am not sure how I ended up on Cottonwood Pass, at the continental divide, 12,126 feet above sea level, in the dead of winter, before sunrise, searching for a white bird in a snowy white landscape and freezing my Florida feet off at 9 degrees Fahrenheit; but there I [read more…]

ACTION: Stand Up for the Migratory Bird Treaty Act

Our friend Ellen Paul returns, this time with practical advice on what birders can do in the face of an upcoming attempt to weaken the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

Why is legislation pending that would weaken the protection of migratory birds? A provision of the SECURE American Energy Act (H.R. 4239), now pending in [read more…]

ICYMI: Open Mic: A New Field Mark for Differentiating Stints and Peeps

Artist Catherine Hamilton draws attention to a field mark for differentiating dark-legged Old World stints and New World peeps that hasn’t been illustrated in any field guide to date. [read more…]

Open Mic: Idaho’s Humbanders and Their Discoveries

At the Mic: Elise Faike

In the early 2000s, Stacy Jon Peterson and Fred Bassett arrived in Idaho within a week of each other and started banding hummingbirds. With several assistants, they explored Idaho’s hummingbird inhabitants throughout the state. I first met them when Stacy accepted an invitation to visit my home in Challis in [read more…]

American Birding Podcast
Birders know well that the healthiest, most dynamic choruses contain many different voices. The birding community encompasses a wide variety of interests, talents, and convictions. All are welcome.
If you like birding, we want to hear from you.
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