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In Praise of New Technologies

A recent Facebook thread (doesn’t everything these days start with some kind of social media post) lamented the apparent reliance on instant gratification and use of technology in the pursuit of birds these days. It’s true that the use of cameras seems to be greater than the use of binoculars for today’s beginners, both young [read more…]

Do You See What I See? A New Visual Search Tool from Google

Google is a remarkable resource for many things, but can it help us identify birds? Ann Nightingale investigates. [read more…]

Who Shoots for You? Who Shoots for You’all?

Ann Nightingale weighs in on British Columbia’s controversial plan to cull Barred Owls to protect Spotted Owls and what it means for conservation in the 21st Century. [read more…]

The Cat-Bird Conflict

They say that fools step in where angels fear to tread. Well, here I go!

I got another one of those emails where you’re asked to vote for a cause to receive a charitable donation from a major foundation. I honestly hate these things on so many levels. In the first place, it points out [read more…]

It’s Not Easy Being White — and an Owl

Editor’s Note: The ABA Blog welcomes new contributor Ann Nightingale of Victoria, British Columbia. Ann is past President of the Rocky Point Bird Observatory in Metchosin, British Columbia; one of 25 migration monitoring stations across the nation from BC to Newfoundland, affiliated with Bird Studies Canada.

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It’s not easy being [read more…]

Name Calling

The line between naturalist and scientist has always been a blurry one. Twice this week I was called an ornithologist, causing me to cringe just a little. Although I’ve never previously used the term to describe myself, others have given me the label, and I’ve been pondering my discomfort.

Early ornithologists— including many who [read more…]

American Birding Podcast
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    A few years ago, a short drive down my gravel road would yield at least one, if not two, American Kestrels perched on a power line or hovering mid-air above the grassy ditch. Today, I have begun to count myself lucky to drive past a mere one kestrel per week rather than the daily sightings. […]
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    York County Audubon is helping to launch the Maine Young Birders Club (MYBC)—the first of its kind in the state! […]
  • Announcing the 2017 ABA Young Birders of the Year! February 28, 2017 10:48
    The judges have reviewed all of the outstanding entries. ABA staff has compiled the scores. After much anticipation, we are thrilled to announce the winners of the 2017 ABA Young Birder of the Year Contest! Your 2017 ABA Young Birder of the Year in the 14-18 age group is 18-year-old Johanna Beam from Lyons, Colorado. […]

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