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The Field Notes Dilemma: Apps or Paper?

Are birding apps increasing convenience while decreasing the capture of important natural history details? [read more…]

Announcing the 2014 Young Birders of the Year!

The ABA is thrilled to announce the winners of the 2014 Young Birder of the Year Contest! Fifteen-year-old Alec Wyatt from Colorado Springs, Colorado and thirteen-year-old Chloe Walker from Murfeesboro, Tennessee took top honors and will receive the grand prize of a Leica Trinovid binocular courtesy of Leica Sport Optics, ABA’s Legacy Sponsor. [read more…]

Project SNOWstorm!

I saw my first (and so far only) Snowy Owl in December 2011, at Montrose Harbor on the Chicago lakefront. I happened to be in town for Christmas and was able to convince a few family members to make the trek into the city with me to look for the bird. [read more…]

2013 Young Birder Gift Guide

Still looking for a great present for the young birder in your life? I recently asked a group of young birders what they had on their wish lists this year. Read on to see what they had to say, as well as see some of my favorite things.


I think you’d be hard-pressed to [read more…]

Red Knot conservation: lend your voice to the effort!

by Mike Hudson

I bet a lot of you have heard of the Red Knot—you are birders, after all! But how many of you know that the east coast subspecies, rufa, is endangered? Whether you knew already or not, keep reading! Not only is the Red Knot’s a fascinating story, but there is also a [read more…]

2013 Camp Colorado: The Experience of a Lifetime

Young birder Sam Brunson offers his thoughts on the ABA’s Camp Colorado, which just wrapped up a couple weeks ago. [read more…]

The State of the Birds 2013: Report on Private Lands in the U.S.

Yesterday afternoon the 2013 U.S. State of the Birds Report was released, the nation’s first review of bird distribution and conservation opportunities on private lands. [read more…]

2012 ABA Young Birder of the Year!

Cross-posted from the Eyrie, ABA’s young birder blog:

Congratulations to 16-year-old Marie McGee from Clinton Township, Michigan, the 2012 Young Birder of the Year! Marie was one of thirty-three young birders from across North America participating in this prestigious annual contest conducted by the American Birding Association and sponsored by Leica Sport Optics of [read more…]

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  • Open Mic: Young Birder Camp at Hog Island: Coastal Maine Bird Studies for Teens September 11, 2017 3:07
    At the mic: Dessi Sieburth, an avid birder, photographer, and conservationist, is a 10th grader at Saint Francis High School in La Canada, California. He is a member of the Pasadena Audubon Young Birder’s Club and Western Field Ornithologists. Dessi enjoys birding in his home county of Los Angeles. Last summer, Dessi attended Camp Colorado, […]
  • Introducing the Whimbrel Birders Club! September 7, 2017 2:33
    Whimbrel Birders Club was established at the first annual Illinois Young Birders Symposium in August 2016. We are a birding club truly meant for everyone, no matter your age, disability, or ethnicity. […]
  • Open Mice: Kestrels–An Iowa Legacy May 16, 2017 6:29
    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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