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    The Warbler Guide App, featuring 3-D Images

    Tom Stephenson and Scott Whittle’s landmark The Warbler Guide, published last year from Princeton University Press, was widely considered to be one of, if not the, finest family-specific guide for any group of North American birds. In his review for Birding magazine, Edward Burtt said:

    This is a wonderful book. The many, many photographs are [read more…]

      Holiday Gifts at the ABA Store!

      We mentioned the great optics deal at Eagle Optics this morning, but I would be remiss in neglecting to mention that the ABA Online Shop is another great place to shop for the birder in your life.

      We have shirts, pins, patches, stickers, and hats, including the very stylish and seasonally appropriate fleece cap [read more…]

        Get Eagle Optics Bins for the Holidays, Add an ABA Membership

        Looking for a last minute holiday gift for a birding friend or family member? Or maybe for yourself?

        Our friends at Eagle Optics have once again made their extremely generous membership offer available for another year. With the purchase of any one of a selection of binoculars, running the gamut from EO’s excellent house brand [read more…]

          Blog Birding #215

          Learning about bird identification often means learning more about bird physiology that we ever dreamed of. Laura Erickson takes that to its extreme with a comprehensive look at bird tongues.

          From the time I was a very little girl, I wondered about bird tongues. Well, actually, I wondered about all tongues. Dog tongues lolled out, [read more…]

            Rare Bird Alert: December 12, 2014

            This coming weekend marks the beginning of Christmas Bird Count season, another period on the calender which tends to be good for ABA Area rarities. That seems to be less because December is such a great time for vagrants and more because there are so many birders out covering areas extremely thoroughly. I look forward [read more…]

              #ABArare – Rustic Bunting – California

              On December 6, Alan Hopkins found an ABA Code 3 Rustic Bunting in a public park in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, California. Being as the bird is rare away from Alaska and within the city limits of one of California’s largest cities, the race was on. It was refound once the afternoon of [read more…]

                Blog Birding #214

                What are the most difficult birds in North America to record? It’s not always the ones that are the hardest to find, as Andrew Spencer at Earbirding explains.

                Most of the species that I talk about below aren’t really “hard” birds to see.  Some of them can be downright common in the right areas.  But [read more…]

                  Project SNOWstorm Owls Returning for a Second Year

                  Last winter’s Snowy Owl irruption was incredible for a number of obvious reasons involving big white owls hanging out seemingly everywhere, but for a number of researchers with Project SNOWStorm that irruption meant something more. Tagging several individual owls were with small-solar powered transmitters that pinged back to cellular towers meant that we were able [read more…]

                    Rare Bird Alert: December 5, 2014

                    We might be forgiven for thinking first records are the end all-be all of the rarity roundups here, and there’s no doubt about it, they’re undeniably cool. One of the reasons I like them is because I’m a sucker for narrative, even in bird records. I like a good story, and the slow and steady [read more…]

                      2015 AOU Check-list Proposals, Part 1

                      Split and lump season is coming early this year, and the first document containing the proposed taxonomic updates to the AOU North American Check-list, which in turn are incorporated into the ABA Checklist, has been released, a full two month earlier than last year. This first batch contains 12 proposals that have been submitted in [read more…]

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                      • 2014 Iowa/Illinois Young Birder Weekend December 15, 2014 9:37
                        By Carl Bendorf On June 14-15, 2014, Iowa Young Birders and Illinois Young Birders hosted a joint field trip weekend along the Mississippi River.  Twenty four young birders from Iowa, Illinois, and Wisconsin had a great time exploring a variety of habitats. One of the highlights was spending time with special guest, Rachael Butek, 2010 ABA Young […]
                      • Young Birder Blog Birding #35 December 5, 2014 7:22
                        November has truly been “Novembird” for much of the ABA area, with a smattering of great birds spread across the region. The grip of winter is finally beginning to take its hold. Lucky for us, there were several nice posts written by young birders over the past month. Many of us are gearing up for […]
                      • Nine Tips for Leading Bird Walks November 18, 2014 9:39
                        Recently, I have noticed an interesting phenomenon. More and more young birders have been leading bird walks. This is awesome and really helps enrich the young birder community, as well as the birding community as a whole. […]

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