About this time two years ago, many of us were watching the progress of John Vanderpoel very closely. John’s ABA Area Big Year was coming along nicely, and he was threatening to knock off Sandy Komito’s ABA Area record of 748 (technically 745 +3)*, set back in 1998.
*The first number refers to the number [read more...]
“I never thought conservation would be something I would be interested in until I did the Conservation & Community module of the ABA’s Young Birder of the Year contest. Now I’m really into it!”
The speaker was 2013 Young Birder of the year Eric Hughes. The place was the ABA’s 2nd Mid-Atlantic Young Birder Conference, [read more...]
The early part of this year’s winter has been all about Snowy Owls, and why not? They’re big. They’re flashy. And they’re practically the embodiment of winter. Aside from the owls, the rest of the winter avifauna is MIA this year, not that this was completely unexpected given Ron Pittaway’s thin finch report.
But winter [read more...]
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It’s the end of the year, time for lots of wrap-ups and stock-taking. In a lot of ways, this has been a banner year for the ABA. Membership is up. Awareness is up. And the excitement around the organization [read more...]
Everyone is talking about Snowy Owls this week. And why not? They’re apparently all over the east coast just like they were all over the west and middle of the continent in recent years. There’s no better time to go and look for them, and Mike Crewe of View from the Cape has some tips.
Hundreds of thousands of migratory birds descend on the lakeshore of nortwest Ohio every spring, piling up on the south side of Lake Erie before making the jump over the big water. In recent years, thousands of birders have traveled there specifically to enjoy them, making springtime in Ohio – and specifically the Black Swamp [read more...]
Sorry for the tardy post, all. The mid-week holiday put a little kink in the regular schedule. All the turkey and family time necessitated a slightly later deadline. I hope it didn’t put a damper on too many post-holiday festivities. I almost needed to put it off even one day more, because I finally got [read more...]
Christmas Bird Count season is right around the corner (are you excited?). With wintry weather on the forecast, Mardi Dickinson at Kymry shares a few tips and products that will help keep you warm this year.
I would rather have to unzip or open up a layer to cool off than to be cold at anytime, [read more...]
Pretty much every Common Nighthawk that spent time in the ABA Area this year has split for warmer climates to the south, but if you’re feeling at all nostalgic for the 2013 ABA Bird of the Year and want to remind yourself of those warm and buggy nights when it seemed like summer would never [read more...]
Any amateur phenologist can tell you that migratory birds seem to be returning earlier and earlier every spring. Rising temperatures due to climate change is presumably the culprit, but until recently, the mechanism that selects for that early arrival was unknown. For a long while, it was suggested that individual birds were changing their individual [read more...]