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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…]

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 [read more…]

Open Mic: A Birders’ Exchange Success Story

At the Mic: Alexander Alvarado

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March 2011.

I was finishing my first tour with a group from USA when a company called High Lonesome Bird Tours hired me to be with them. My emotions were very high after my first experience birding with 10 people. The day after I met a guy [read more…]

#MySantaAna: What Birders Can Do RIGHT NOW

Following our concerns about the construction of a wall on Santa Ana NWR, we asked our friend Ellen Paul, who has a great deal of experience in these matters, for practical advice on what birders can do in this situation.

By Ellen Paul

It’s a very long shot but we must take it. Call [read more…]

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    Meet 12-year-old Adam Dhalla from Coquitlam, British Columbia, one of the 2018 Young Birders of the Year! Want to learn more about how you could be the next Young Birder of the Year? Registration is open for the 2019 contest now! ——– Q: Were you a birder before you started the ABA Young […]
  • Open Mic: Birding Mentors Inspiring Young Minds March 6, 2018 6:42
    Texas young birder Sebastian Casarez talks about the importance of mentors to young birders. […]
  • Announcing the 2018 ABA Young Birders of the Year! February 16, 2018 3:07
    We are thrilled to announce the winners of the 2018 ABA Young Birder of the Year Contest! Congratulations to Teodelina Martelli and Adam Dhalla, as well all of this year's participants! […]

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