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    Blog Birding #208

    Young birder camps aren’t just great opportunities for the campers, but the interns have a story to tell too. At The Eyrie, Mike Hudson writes about his experiences at Camp Avocet.

    Aside from being able to bird every waking hour, I also had the privilege to be guiding alongside the other instructors, which is not [read more...]

      Open Mic: A New World Big Day Record – 354 Species!

      The LSU Peru Big Day team has broken the world record for the most species observed in a single day! Their total of 354 ABA-countable species breaks the previous record by Robinson and Parker set in 1982 (as well as a non-ABA-recognized total of 342 set in Kenya). Below is a report on their effort [read more...]

        Rare Bird Alert: October 17, 2014

        We continue the run for 1st records this week, and while it’s nothing like the streak we enjoyed this time last year, it’s not so bad. Though it seems that a couple of our firsts this week are the victims of odd circumstances rather than straight ahead, unequivocal, uncontroversial first records.

        On the uncontroversial front, [read more...]

          The ABA Survey, Help the ABA Better Serve Birders!

          At the ABA, we are very interested in what you think about the state of the organization, and we want to hear from YOU. Please take this short five minute survey and let us know how you feel about the ABA and your membership.

          THIS SURVEY IS NOT LIMITED TO CURRENT ABA MEMBERS, though! If you are [read more...]

            A week on St. Paul, An ABA Rarity Hunt Roundup

            The September-October turnaround is reportedly a great time for birding in western Alaska, and St. Paul Island, that little speck of volcanic rock out in the middle of the Bering Sea is a particularly good place to do it.In the past few years, drool-worthy ABA Area rarities like Pine Bunting, Fork-tailed Swift, and an ABA [read more...]

              Blog Birding #207

              Perhaps no topic of discussion among ABA areas is more likely to turn birder against birder than the inclusion of Hawaii into the ABA Area. At Pittsburgh Birding Life, Aidan Place makes his case against adding Hawaii.

              The most credible pro-Hawaii argument in my eyes, is that adding Hawaii would draw attention to the plight [read more...]

                Birders Can Speak Out on Sandy Hook, NJ, Building Proposal

                The state of New Jersey does not want for great places to bird. From north to south (maybe especially south), the state has a birding pedigree far out of proportion with its small size. One of those great locations is undoubtedly Sandy Hook, the spit of stand that sticks out into New York Bay. Most [read more...]

                  Rare Bird Alert: October 10, 2014

                  A remarkable 5 first records grace this week’s Rare Bird Alert report. First generally come in two categories, those that are expected (however unlikely) and those that arrive completely out of left field. We had both in the last seven days, but perhaps the greatest expression of the latter was the incredible Alaska first Wood [read more...]

                    Blog Birding #206

                    It’s the season for massive congregations of swifts descending into old industrial smokestacks across much of the ABA Area. Hipster Birders Nick and Maureen enjoy the sight of Vaux’s Swifts in Oregon.

                    Afterward, we stayed in the Portland metro area. The occasion was our wanting to witness a truly spectacular avian spectacle: an incredible number [read more...]

                      Rare Bird Alert: October 3, 2014

                      Rare Bird Alert is reporting this week on location on St. Paul Island, Alaska, where the hot birds are from Russia and the internet is spotty at best. So let’s just get down to it before the wifi craps out, and please forgive any missed birds or exhaustion-induced typos. Here we go!

                      After a number [read more...]

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                      • Book Review: How To Do Ecology October 21, 2014 5:37
                        I’ve often heard that there are two career options for young birders: go into ecology or biology and spend your working hours birding, or go into a more profitable field and use your spare time to bird. […]
                      • Open Mic: 2014 Camp Avocet–an intern’s perspective October 13, 2014 5:38
                        I don’t think there is any doubt in anyone’s mind that Camp Avocet was totally, undeniably awesome this year, so I won’t spend too long telling you all that. In mid-August 2014, a committed staff and a crew of very enthusiastic and almost unbelievably skilled campers assembled in Lewes, in southern Delaware, for the second […]
                      • Open Mic: Birding Isleta Grande October 6, 2014 5:20
                        There is a very good spot for birding in Central Veracruz that has been unnoticed by birders. Isleta Grande is a small village located a half hour from Xalapa. […]

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