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ABA Events, Near and Far, in 2017-18

The ABA has a full schedule of events for 2017, consisting of opportunities to bird with ABA Staff and friends both close to our headquarters in Delaware and farther afield.

Join the ABA for a Delaware Shorebird Spectacular in May 2017! The month of May along the Delaware Bayshore brings enormous numbers of horseshoe crabs [read more…]

Blog Birding #310

What drives a birder like Noah Strycker, record-setter and world-traveler? At Long Reads, Eva Holland tries to get to the bottom of it.

Though he was attempting to complete the biggest Big Year of all time, Strycker’s goal, beyond tallying a massive list, was to build something larger: to both lean on and to [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: March 3, 2017

Things are beginning to pick up in the ABA Are this week, as the slow turn to spring begins. Though you wouldn’t know it from the weather in the eastern half of the continent this week, which seemed to swing wildly between normal and way above normal. In any case, that brief stint of warm [read more…]

Announcing the 2017 ABA Awards Recipients!

The ABA Board of Directors recently voted to present three ABA Awards in 2017. The awardees are Judy Pollock, Jerry Liguori, and Scott Weidensaul. We congratulate each of them on their substantial achievements.

The 2017 ABA Awards Recipients (l-r): Judy Pollock (Evanston, IL) Jerry Liguori (Salt Lake City, UT), Scott Weidensaul (Schuylkill Haven, PA).

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Blog Birding #309

The poor European Starling still feels like a stranger in North America despite being an established part of our avifauna for more than 100 years. Bill Thompson III of Bill of the Birds appreciates the tricksters, though.

You fooled me, trickster with your staticky singing from the pear tree in late morning a perfect call [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: February 24, 2017

It was another relatively slow February week in the ABA Area, despite the fact that the west coast and the upper Midwest have seen some dramatic weather. Much higher than average temperatures across the continent likely got more people outside, but sadly that did not result in more rare birds. The Black-backed Oriole continues in [read more…]

American Birding Podcast: Lang Elliott on Natural Soundscapes

The next episode of the American Birding Podcast is out!

I’m joined by master bird recordist Lang Elliott as he talks about his new project, a sound-recording expedition to the western US. Lang hopes to record in a wide variety of locations and habitats, and he’s documenting his journey on his website, Music of [read more…]

Missing your BOY Stickers? Let us Know!

The February issue of Birding magazine, featuring the Ruddy Turnstone painting by Sophie Webb on the cover, should be in the hands and mailboxes of most, if not all, ABA members by now. We have heard some reports that the Bird of the Year stickers didn’t make it into a few of the magazine. If [read more…]

2017 AOS Classification Committee Proposals, Part 2

Here is the second batch of taxonomic proposals, submitted in the last year to the American Ornithological Society’s North and Middle American Classification Committee. Part 1 is here. Proposals accepted by the AOC Committee are incorporated into the ABA’s Checklist.

We suggest the usual caveat, that it’s important to note that these are just proposals [read more…]

Blog Birding #308

The question of baiting owls seems to be a perennial one in the north. Christian Hagenlocher of The Birding Project has a complete roundup of the issue and potential solutions.

Many people have good intentions putting mice out for owls, thinking that they are starving, but that is seldom the case. Research shows that [read more…]

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