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2016 Duck Stamp on Sale NOW. Make Birder Voices Heard.

For the last two years, we at the ABA made the Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, known far and wide as the Duck Stamp, available through our own store. We hoped this would give birders an opportunity to vote, as it were, for how they want their voices to be heard as consumers of [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: June 24, 2016

Continuing rarities have mostly cleared out this week, though the incredible Arizona trio of Pine Flycatcher (1st ABA record), Tufted Flycatcher (ABA Code 5), and Slate-throated Redstart (4) continue to be found reliably. The Pine Flycatcher is now sitting on a nest, and there are some speculation that it has bred with a nearby Cordilleran [read more…]

Into the Home Stretch: $2500 Matching Challenge for ABA’s Nesting Season Appeal Announced!

We’re in the homestretch for our 2016 Nesting Season Appeal, with just 10 days left to reach our goal of raising $25,000 to support the ABA’s Young Birder programs. We’ve had a very good response thus far, and are solidly past the halfway mark. For those of you who have donated already, THANK YOU!

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ABA Area Big Years: June Update

We’re just about halfway through 2016 now, and the three birders we featured last time are still pushing onward towards their goal of 700, and in the case of a couple, to beat Neil Hayward’s record of 749, set in 2013. The impressive year continues as rarities continue to turn up around the ABA Area [read more…]

Blog Birding #278

Warbler watching season is coming to a close, as the birds have mostly found their way to dense stands of boreal forest, or southeastern swamps, or western mountainsides, but Al Batt, excepted at Out There With the Birds, still suffers from warbler neck.

I assume the warbler-watching position—feet spread comfortably, binoculars tipped towards the tops [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: June 17, 2016

Many rarities continue in Arizona, with the potential ABA first Pine Flycatcher leading the way still present three weeks following its discovery. Also in the area are Tufted Flycatcher (ABA Code 5), Slate-throated Redstart (4), and Aztec Thrush (4). The New York Garganey (4) continues into a second week, and the Little Egret (4) in [read more…]

Blog Birding #277

I admit that I’m a sucker for pelagics, the ocean is an incredible ecosystem that is too infrequently surveyed by birders. Alex Lamoreaux describes a trip to the deep water of Maryland at The Nemesis Bird.

As soon as it was light enough to view the sea around us, the tiny shapes of Wilson’s Storm-Petrels [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: June 10, 2016

It’s hard to beat Arizona for quality birding experiences these days, not that it’s not spectacular on its own terms, but the barrage of impressive continuing rarities in the state certainly adds a giant dollup of icing on that already delicious cupcake. The likely ABA first Pine Flycatcher highlights continuing birds, but Flame-colored Tanager (ABA [read more…]

Happy 85th Birthday, Phoebe Snetsinger! Love, Google.

In 1981, following a cancer diagnosis, Phoebe Snetsinger started a journey that would see her travel the globe in search of birds, tallying a life list of more than 8,300 species (depending on which taxonomy one follows) before tragically dying in 1999 in a car accident in Madagascar. Her last life bird, Red-shouldered Vanga, had [read more…]

#ABArare – Garganey – New York

On June 5, Jay McGowan discovered a male Garganey (ABA Code 4) at Montezuma NWR in Seneca County, New in the western part of the state. The bird was seen the evening of the first day and again in the afternoon of the second day. It is evidently ranging widely over the refuge.

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We have raised 92.23% of our $25,000.00 goal:

92.23%
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