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    The Ultimate Big Year

    Noah and everything he will carry this year.

    Today, I begin 365 days of intense birding: In 2015, I hope to see 5,000 species of birds around the world. After celebrating this New Year in Antarctica, I will make my way up through South America, then across North America, Europe, Africa, and Asia, and end [read more…]

      The Festival Phenomenon

      Kilted birders take the stage at last week’s Rio Grande festival (note ABA prez Jeff Gordon, far right).

      My flight home from Harlingen, Texas, last Monday—after a wonderful week at the Lower Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival—marked the end of an exhilarating and maybe unprecedented streak: This year, I participated in 15 separate birding [read more…]

        Time to send in your Conservation Milestones!

        First, if you didn’t see the inaugural Conservation Milestones in the May 2014 Birder’s Guide to Conservation & Community, take a moment to read them here. Dare you not to be inspired!

        And now, we’re doing it again! If you know someone who has gone out of their way to help bird conservation, please tell [read more…]

          Cell Phone Bird Photography

          Is all this camera gear really necessary anymore?

          Digital camera sales have been in the news lately – or, rather, the lack thereof. Canon recently reported that its compact camera sales have fallen 36% compared to one year ago, and sales of its digital SLRs have dropped by 19%. Nikon, meanwhile, has seen a [read more…]

            A Visit to the Book Shop

            The other day, I went to look at bird books in Portland, Oregon, at Powell’s City of Books, which is said to be the world’s largest independent bookstore. Powell’s is a High Island-style fallout of printed pages. The store covers a downtown city block with several floors and 1.6 acres of retail space, holds a [read more…]

              Antarctica, New Media, and Old-Fashioned Birding

              So meta: Are birders becoming trapped by technology?

              I’m not old enough to reminisce about phone trees and rare bird hotlines, though I’ve heard plenty of stories about birding’s raw old days. By the time I picked up my first pair of binoculars, dial-up was being phased out. I am proud to be of [read more…]

                Bright Night Lights

                The latest LED flashlights are small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, but as bright as a spotlight.

                The dark days of winter lie ahead, and, pretty soon, many of us will be owl-prowling on our favorite Christmas counts. But are you ready to light up the night? If you’re still [read more…]

                  Breaking the Ice Across the Pond

                  What are they: Orcs, Auks, or Dovekies?

                  The first time I heard someone exclaim, “There’s an Orc behind the ship!” this summer, I twirled in surprise, nervously quick-drawing my binoculars. In moody light, the mountain peaks of Svalbard—an isolated archipelago about 1,000 miles north of Norway—can assume an insidious, Mordorish aspect, and, for a fleeting [read more…]

                    Peru’s Insane Birding Rally Challenge

                    Peruvian Pygmy-Owl.

                    If you blinked last week, you may have missed an outrageous birding competition—certainly the strangest, most wonderful I have ever attended—called the Birding Rally Challenge: an eight-day-long, no-holds-barred torneo June 11-18 across the deserts and jungles of northern Peru. The rally’s organizers call it birding’s World Cup, and, while I might liken [read more…]

                      The 48-hour Birdathon

                       

                      Noah and the Wild Turkeys search for Ash-throated Flycatchers in eastern Oregon. (All photos by Tim Kurtz.)

                      “Ten minutes to go!”

                      As I stood at Yaquina Head on the Oregon Coast last weekend, my head reeled. Thousands of Common Murres jostled for space on the guano-stained cliffs in front of me, braying into my [read more…]

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                      • Young Birder Blog Birding #36 December 30, 2014 6:50
                        As the year winds down, many of us are enjoying or preparing for Christmas Bird Counts! […]
                      • Open Mic: Birds of the Black Forest Fire December 23, 2014 7:01
                        When I took on the challenge of the 2014 Young Birder of the Year Contest, I was fully aware that it would be the hardest thing I had ever done. I planned to devote myself to the study of birds for nearly six months spending hours each day compiling a field notebook, studying nest boxes, […]
                      • 2014 Iowa/Illinois Young Birder Weekend December 15, 2014 9:37
                        By Carl Bendorf On June 14-15, 2014, Iowa Young Birders and Illinois Young Birders hosted a joint field trip weekend along the Mississippi River.  Twenty four young birders from Iowa, Illinois, and Wisconsin had a great time exploring a variety of habitats. One of the highlights was spending time with special guest, Rachael Butek, 2010 ABA Young […]

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