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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…]

Open Mic: U.S. Navy’s Northern Edge 17– Negative influence on avian species?

At the Mic: Kate McLaughlin

Sighting Arctic Terns is a sure sign that spring has arrived in the North Gulf of Alaska. The graceful floating flight of the snow-colored birds, in contrast with their sharp toned “kee-err” call, makes their presence obvious among the flocks of Glaucous-winged Gulls and Black-legged Kittiwakes congregating over shoals of [read more…]

ICYMI: Open Mic: Hoary Redpoll; A False Dichotomy?

Guest writer Andy Boyce of Missoula, Montana, asks the tough questions. When is a “hoary” redpoll a Hoary Redpoll? Is it ever? [read more…]

Watching The Big Game for Ads? Check out one for Song Bird Coffee!

The Professional Football Championship Game (we’re not technically allowed to call it by its real name, but you know what we’re talking about, right?) is the sort of cultural event that is a big deal even if you aren’t a football fan. There’s the game, for sure, but there’s also the half-time show, and also [read more…]

Open Mic: An Open Letter to Everyone Who Loves Birds

At the Mic: George Fenwick, American Birding Conservancy President

If you care about birds—regardless of your political affiliation—you are probably wondering about the impact that recent political changes could have on bird conservation. We’re nonpartisan here at American Bird Conservancy, but we’re certainly concerned about changes that have been proposed already, such as a rollback [read more…]

Call for 2017 ABA Awards Nominations!

By ABA Board Awards Chair Scott Fraser

Another year of birding closes. Year end – time to reflect. As ABA members we recall not only the birds, but people with us in person or spirit, whose impact and work we continue to give thanks for, sometimes year after year.

Conservationists. Teachers. Artists. Performers. Writers. Activists. [read more…]

Sponsor Shoutout: Travel Safely with Global Rescue Insurance

For more than a decade, Global Rescue has provided unparalleled services to travelers around the world, and is the official emergency evacuation provider of the American Birding Association. Now, you can secure the value of your next great trip with our Signature Travel Insurance, available in partnership with the American Birding Association Global Rescue members. [read more…]

Open Mic: Duck, Duck, Goose – Counting North American Waterfowl

At the Mic: Jason A. Crotty

The federal government does many things, some well and some poorly. One of the things it does well is gather, analyze, summarize, and publish mountains of data, including information about the status of bird populations.

For example, each year the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) issues a report [read more…]

Voice of Support: American Bird Conservancy Recommends including Hawai’i in ABA Area

A Message from Mike Parr, American Bird Conservancy

American Bird Conservancy (ABC), a leader in on-the-ground bird conservation work in Hawai’i, has long recognized the challenges facing Hawai’i’s native birds. We wholeheartedly endorse the addition of Hawai’i to the ABA area in the hope that it will bring even more visibility and support to this [read more…]

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