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New and Noteworthy: Swarovski’s BTX Provides an Eye-opening Scope Experience

At the eyepieces—yes, pieces, plural, of the BTX

In early February, I attended an event at Swarovski Optik headquarters in Innsbruck, Austria, along with several dozen other representatives of the world birding community and industry. It was an opportunity for Swarovski Optik to showcase their company and its culture, which came across as [read more…]

ICYMI: We Love The Jerk?

The ABA Blog has been in existence for almost 7 years, and there’s a lot of good content back in the archives that deserves an audience now that it might not have received way back when. So, semi-regularly we will bring some of that stuff back. Here’s one by ABA President Jeff Gordon about how [read more…]

Your Support Makes All the Difference!

Because of your support, 2016 has been a wonderful year for the American Birding Association. We’ve seen continuing growth and gains in our membership, in our programs, and in our reputation and influence as a community.

If you’re proud of the progress we’ve made together and you want to see it continue, then I urge [read more…]

Your Voice, Your Vote: Will We Add Hawaii to the ABA Area?

Will it be, “Yea, yea,” or “Nene?” It’s time to vote on adding Hawaii to the ABA Area. Nenes (Hawaiian Geese), Hawaii’s State Bird, by USFWS.

ABA members, it’s time for your voices to be heard and your votes to be counted.

If you are a current member, you will soon receive a proxy [read more…]

Only Eleven More Months Until The Biggest Week 2017!

ABA Board Member Paul Riss birding with Liz Gordon during The Biggest Week

With June more than half over, it finally feels like Spring has fully transitioned into Summer. In some ways, that’s a relief. When you’re in any sort of birding-related industry, you look at most of April and all of May with [read more…]

Malheur: Why It Matters and What Birders Can Do About It

A Yellow-headed Blackbird proclaims his territory at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge—birders should do the same. Photo ©Jeffrey A. Gordon

Malheur matters to birders. It would be difficult to overpraise Malheur National Wildlife Refuge as a birding hotspot or to overstate its value for the conservation for birds and other wildlife. It’s just that good.

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Small Town Unites to Aid Baby Flicker

In the United States, we celebrate Independence Day on the Fourth of July. Canada’s closest analog, Canada Day, is just a few days before, on July 1. It’s a time to come together and remember not only the individualism that energizes us, but the way a shared sense of purpose can enable us to work [read more…]

Notice of 2014 Annual Meeting + Update on ABA HQ Move

Campers from the Delaware Nature Society‘s Young Ornithologists camp pose for a photo outside the soon-to-be-open ABA HQ in Delaware City. We hope you’ll join us for the annual meeting here on Sep 21. Photo ©Joe Sebastiani

Summer is often thought of as a time when things slow down a bit. Not here at [read more…]

New Jersey Audubon Seeks Director for Cape May Bird Observatory

Cape May Point by David Slack. Used under a Creative Commons license.

 

Here’s an incredible opportunity for the right person. And also some very big shoes to fill and bins to carry. Jobs like this tend not to open very often, so if you believe you have what it takes to helm a [read more…]

ABA’s 2014 Bird of the Year Revealed!

Jay Lehman, left, and Neil Hayward, right, opening the envelope that reveals the ABA’s 2014 Bird of the Year

Over the weekend of January 5 and 6th, I was in eastern Massachusetts, ringing out the old and in the new. Liz and I got to bird with Dorian Anderson, who had just commenced “Biking [read more…]

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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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    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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