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American Birding Podcast: The Secret Life of Rails with Auriel Fournier

Rails are a mysterious and enigmatic family, often requiring and rewarding effort. Researcher Auriel Fournier knows that more than most, and her work with rails in Missouri has shed some light on how these birds migrate and how they use the landscape when they do. Auriel joins me to talk Rallidae and STEM outreach [read more…]

Blog Birding #333

We certainly have a good idea of what an eclipse looks like, but do we know what one *sounds* like? Cornell researchers tried to find out in 1963, Marc Devokaitis at All About Birds tells the tale.

“The eclipse does not influence many of the factors which affect bird song such as time of year [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: August 18 2017

The familiar birds we’ve been noting in the space for the better part of the summer – the Tufted Flycatcher (ABA Code 5), Flame-colored Tanager (4), and Common Crane (4) in Arizona, Blue-footed Booby (4) in California, and Black-faced Grassquit (4) in Florida – are continuing this week. They are joined by a new suite [read more…]

ABA President Jeffrey Gordon at the Protect Santa Ana Protest March

ABA President Jeffrey Gordon was on the ground this past weekend as part of a diverse coalition of local groups and environmental organizations protesting the proposed border wall at Santa Ana NWR, culminating with a march at the refuge on Sunday, August 13.

Being the social media savvy individual that he is, Jeff shared a [read more…]

#ABArare – Common Shelduck – New Hampshire

On Sunday, August 13, Heather Burns discovered a subadult Common Shelduck near the harbor in Rye, New Hampshire. Common Shelduck is not yet on the ABA Checklist, though the acceptance by the Newfoundland committee of a record from Renews in 2014 puts it in the purview of the ABA Checklist Committee. Pending acceptance, this would [read more…]

Blog Birding #332

The question of how to diversify birding has been one the outdoor community has been attempting to answer for some time with varying degrees of success. Jacqueline Scott of Black Outdoors shares her thoughts on what we all can do.

There was a rare bird among the birders. Me. A Black woman participating in an [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: August 11, 2017

You know the drill by now, and likely most of the continuing birds staying put in the ABA Area into this weel. Florida’s Black-faced Grassquit (ABA Code 4) and Western Spindalis (3) remain, as does the California Blue-footed Booby (4), joined this week by a Red-necked Stint (3). Down in Arizona, the Tufted Flycatcher (5), [read more…]

American Birding Podcast: Reviewing the 2017 AOS Supplement with Nick Block & Michael Retter

The 2017 American Ornithological Society Check-list Supplement was notable for the taxonomic decisions that were not made as much as those that were. Yellow-rumped Warbler and Willet were not split, but Cassia Crossbill was. We also saw the unprecedented lump of Thayer’s Gull into the holarctic Iceland Gull. Biologist Nick Block returns along with Birder’s [read more…]

2017 ABA Big Year Updates: Three Over 700

Birders in 2016 had the opportunity to live vicariously through the Big Year travels of 4 birders, all of whom passed the previous record in what was certainly among most remarkable birding accomplishments ever, or at least the most fun to follow. 2017 is looking like a great year as well, and as fall migration [read more…]

Blog Birding #331

It’s the time of year for baby shorebirds on eastern beaches, and at Readings from the Northside, you can learn about how those babies are monitored and banded.

Restoring a little balance to the shore requires a little work, and some sacrifice, but these people have already done the heavy lifting for us. This is [read more…]

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  • Open Mic: Young Birder Camp at Hog Island: Coastal Maine Bird Studies for Teens September 11, 2017 3:07
    At the mic: Dessi Sieburth, an avid birder, photographer, and conservationist, is a 10th grader at Saint Francis High School in La Canada, California. He is a member of the Pasadena Audubon Young Birder’s Club and Western Field Ornithologists. Dessi enjoys birding in his home county of Los Angeles. Last summer, Dessi attended Camp Colorado, […]
  • Introducing the Whimbrel Birders Club! September 7, 2017 2:33
    Whimbrel Birders Club was established at the first annual Illinois Young Birders Symposium in August 2016. We are a birding club truly meant for everyone, no matter your age, disability, or ethnicity. […]
  • Open Mice: Kestrels–An Iowa Legacy May 16, 2017 6:29
    A few years ago, a short drive down my gravel road would yield at least one, if not two, American Kestrels perched on a power line or hovering mid-air above the grassy ditch. Today, I have begun to count myself lucky to drive past a mere one kestrel per week rather than the daily sightings. […]

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