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Blog Birding #390

Evolution works in funny ways, and the famous Galapagos Finches may be evolving in response to tourist junk food, according to Phys.org.

Galápagos finches are famed for being the inspiration behind Charles Darwin’s pioneering work on evolution. They are an example of adaptive radiation, an evolutionary process that produces new species from a single, rapidly [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: December 7, 2018

Lots of exciting rarities continue into the first week of December, including the Great Black Hawk (ABA Code 5) in Maine, which now appears to have settled into a public park in Portland where birders have been able to relocate it fairly regularly as it terrorizes squirrels. This is another chapter in what has been [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: November 30, 2018

It was a big week for vagrant raptors, not least of which because of the dramatic return of the Great Black Hawk (ABA Code 5) in Maine, rediscovered in a Portland city park eating squirrels after a multi-week absence. This bird is rapidly turning into the nuttiest vagrant of the year by virtue of its [read more…]

American Birding Podcast: Best Bird Books of 2018 with Donna Schulman

We’re getting to the end of the year and it’s time for a look back at the best bird books published in 2018. Once again, 10,000 Birds book reviewer Donna Schulman joins me to talk about our favorites. Donna and I each share our Top 5, including field guides, family specific guides, and narratives from [read more…]

A New ABA Young Birder Camp in COSTA RICA!

Starting next summer, the ABA is partnering with friends from Audubon’s famous Hog Island Nature Camp to host a brand new experience for teen birders in the incredibly biodiverse nation of Costa Rica!

Spend a week, July 21, 2019 – July 26, 2019, with Hog Island and ABA youth leaders birding, observing local scientists at [read more…]

Blog Birding #389

At On the Wing Photography, Mia McPherson sings the praises of birding and photography close to home.

Let me start off by saying that yesterday morning I left home before o’dark hundred (5:45 am) and sat on my butt for more than five hours to go up north and look for birds. Had it not [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: November 24, 2018

Thanks for your patience during this holiday week! I hope a one-day delayed Rare Bird Alert doesn’t put too much of a damper on your long weekend (at least in the US). Continuing rarities in the ABA Area include both Roadside Hawk (4) and Golden-crowned Warbler (4) in Texas, a La Sagra’s Flycatcher (4) is [read more…]

Blog Birding #388

The 2018 elections were in many ways a referendum on the environment, with a great many public lands and and environmentally conscious ballot initiatives seeing passage. At 10,000 Birds, Angela Minor breaks them down.

Voters in several states had the opportunity to express their support (or condemnation) of various environmental (or anti-environmental) issues respectively in [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: November 16, 2018

Noteworthy continuing rarities in the ABA Area this week include the Gray Heron (ABA Code 5) in Newfoundland. Both Golden-crowned Warbler (4) and Roadside Hawk (5) continued to be seen into the past week in Texas. The Red-footed Booby (4) has been sitting tight in California, and a Bananaquit (4) was seen in Florida at [read more…]

American Birding Podcast: The Internet of Wildlife with Mike Lanzone

One of the more exciting aspects of birding and birding science in the 21st Century has been the reveal of a great many secrets of bird movements and migration, much of it the result of technology. Increasingly small trackers that are fitted to various bird species enable scientists, and those of us on the [read more…]

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