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A Crashless Course in Avoiding Bird Collisions

Window collisions are a serious and often fatal problem for many of our migrant songbirds. But as Heidi Trudell explains in the most recent issue of Birder’s Guide to Gear, not every collision is a fait accompli.

Heidi’s article contains a wealth of information on what are currently understood to be the best methods (and [read more…]

SNEAK PEEK! Birder’s Guide to Gear, 2016

The 2016 issue of Birder’s Guide to Gear is now being printed. That means that, if you’re an ABA member, you should find it in your mailbox in the next couple weeks. But you don’t have to wait until then to see what’s inside. And neither do non-members. You can see the entirety of [read more…]

To Be a Species or Not To Be a Species?

This year’s issue of Birder’s Guide to Listing & Taxonomy features an article by Alan Knue called “To Be a Species or Not to Be a Species?” Within, Alan explains how scientists decide whether a bird population, such as the “Haida Gwaii” Saw-whet Owl, is a species or “just” a subspecies. At the end of [read more…]

It’s a Family Affair

Sam Woods and Keith Barnes know a thing or two about traveling to the far reaches of the earth in search of obscure bird species such as Przewalski’s Pinktail, Ground-roller, and Hypocolius. And they put that knowledge to use every day as directors and guides for the international bird tour company, Tropical Birding.

In this [read more…]

SNEAK PEEK! Birder’s Guide to Listing & Taxonomy, 2016

The 2016 issue of Birder’s Guide to Listing & Taxonomy is at the printers. American Birding Association members should find Jen Brumfield‘s lovely cover illustration in their mailboxes over the next couple weeks. But you don’t have to wait until then to see what’s inside. You can see the entirety of this issue of [read more…]

Genesis: How the Gay Birders of North America Came to Be

I think very few birders would disagree that when we seek out to bird with others, it is to share in the joy of birds. Whether intended or not, along the way we build a sense of community. In order to appreciate that joy to its fullest, we shouldn’t have to worry about who we [read more…]

2016 AOU Supplement is Out!

Every summer, birders anxiously await publication of the “Check-list Supplement” by the American Ornithologists’ Union’s Committee on Classification and Nomenclature of North and Middle American Birds (NACC). The supplement details revisions to the NACC’s Check-list. Below is a brief rundown of those changes. (You can read the Supplement here, and you can read the committee [read more…]

Birders Making a Difference in National Wildlife Refuges

The 2016 issue of Birder’s Guide to Conservation & Community features an article written by Jason A. Crotty called “Birders Making a Difference in National Wildlife Refuges”. With the article, Jason explains how volunteers–including many birders–are essential to the everyday and continued functioning of the U.S.’s national wildlife refuge system.

Jason’s article is accessible online [read more…]

“Conservation Milestones”, v. 2016

One of the most exciting parts of Birder’s Guide to Conservation & Community is “Conservation Milestones“, a place where birders like you can share their personal accomplishments in the realms of environmental education and conservation. Noah Strycker did a wonderful job working with the contributors to compile an engaging and inspiring compendium, but he needed [read more…]

Securing a Future for Kirtland’s Warbler

The 2016 issue of Birder’s Guide to Conservation & Community features an article written by Bill Rapai called “Connecting Community with Conservation to Secure a Future for Kirtland’s Warbler”. With the article, Bill explains how the Kirtland’s Warbler Alliance is working with local communities–such as through its Jack Pine Planting Day–to increase [read more…]

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