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“Emptying the Skies” to Bring Attention to Mediterranean Bird Trapping

ABA members and friends will likely be interested in a new film, based on a New Yorker Magazine essay by novelist and essayist Jonathan Franzen. Emptying the Skies exposes the rampant poaching of migratory songbirds in southern Europe, where songbird populations have been drastically declining for several decades, with a number of species facing imminent [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: April 24, 2015

This time of year is hard for rarity hunters, and even moreso for hunters of rarity records. Listservs are filling up with reports of expected but long-anticipated first of year reports, which makes parsing through them a little more difficult. What I mean to say is that if I accidentally left off a bird in [read more…]

#ABArare – Cuban Pewee – Florida

Just this morning (4/20) Tim Hince heard, but could not locate, an ABA Code 5 Cuban Pewee at Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park in Key Largo, Florida. Pending acceptance, this would be a 5th record for the ABA Area with all previous records also coming from southeast Florida.

Should photos become available [read more…]

Blog Birding #231

Winter is coming to a close, but that doesn’t mean that Project SNOWstorm is going to stop following Snowy Owls. Scott Weidensaul checks in with what to expect as those geo-tagged birds start making their way northward.

Although it’s been more than a week since the last post, we’ve been really busy — and so [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: April 17, 2015

As we stare into the precipice of the Great Spring Arrival of late April/early May, the minds of birders continent-wide is undoubtedly on the expected (and in hopefully great numbers), but there’s time for the unexpected as well. The California “Mystery” Shrike of Mendocino County has returned, and long may it befuddle. After several days [read more…]

2015 AOU Check-list Proposals, Part 3

Here it is, the third and likely last document containing the proposed taxonomic updates to the AOU North American Check-list, which in turn are incorporated into the ABA Checklist. This batch contains 10 proposals that have been submitted in 2014 and early 2015, not all of which involve ABA-Area birds as the AOU’s North American [read more…]

Blog Birding #230

Here’s a bit more on the response (or more specifically, the response to the response) to the Jonathan Franzen climate essay in The New Yorker, this time from writer and wildlife activist Chris Clarke at Coyote Crossing.

Say you’re a person passionately concerned about African wildlife, and in particular the plight of the white rhino, [read more…]

April ABA Photo Quiz Online Now

The ABA photo quiz has been around for a very long time, but it’s something I’ll bet not a lot of people know about. Every month, quizmaster Tony Leukering finds a misleading, disorienting, but identifiable photo and throws it out on the web for birders to take a crack at it. Their are no prizes [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: April 10, 2015

Birds are moving here and there with purpose these days, and unfortunately that also applies to the infamous Mendocino, California, mystery shrike, which was not been seen since 4/8. Sadly, the bird left before completing its molt so the actual identification of the bird will probably remain a mystery. But not all ABA Area rarities [read more…]

On Franzen, Are We Missing the Point?

Last week, author, essayist, and birder Jonathan Franzen published a piece in The New Yorker on birds and climate change that asked, essentially, whether the focus on climate change by “green” organizations and institutions has made it harder for those of us interested in bird conservation to be heard in an increasingly crowded environmental marketplace. [read more…]

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  • Wildlife Ecology Research April 22, 2015 11:35
    Rensselaerville Falls, Huyck Preserve and Biological Research Station. July 13, 2014. What: Wildlife Ecology Research Program for high school students entering their Junior or Senior Year. Where: Huyck Preserve and Biological Research Station 5052 Delaware Turnpike Rensselaerville, NY 12147 When: Late applications due May 1 by 5 PM, EDT. Session I—July 5-26 Session II—August […]
  • Young Birder Blog Birding #37 April 8, 2015 4:19
    For many birders, February is a month of waiting. After February, the snow will melt and the first Killdeers and American Woodcocks will usher in a parade of exciting spring migrants. […]
  • Open Mic: Searching for Snowy Owls in Ohio March 25, 2015 5:22
    At the beginning of this year, I remembered missing the chance to spot a Snowy Owl when the bird stormed across the United States the previous winter, so I was determined to see one of these birds this winter. […]

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