Tony Fitzpatrick

Enjoy this celebration of birding with great food, music, and art while helping the ABA help birds and birders!

At this afternoon party, we will announce the species, and unveil the painting of the 2020 ABA Bird of the Year, by Chicago icon and prominent American artist Tony Fitzpatrick.

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For the last few 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…]

“Ask Rick Wright”—Thoughts on Being Birderly

A quasi-review by Ted Floyd

Peterson Reference Guide to Sparrows of North America, by Rick Wright

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019

434 pages, hardcover

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As I was sitting down to write this not-exactly-a-book-review, one of my kids asked me a question about the mathematical details of the orbit of the moon. I [read more…]

2019 ABA Bird of the Year T-Shirts Available NOW!

You’ve seen the 2019 Bird of the Year artwork by Megan Massa, and the Birding cover inspired by that artwork. You’ve even heard the podcast interview introducing that Red-billed Tropicbird as 2019 Bird of the Year.

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Amazing Milestone for Guy McCaskie

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How many bird species are on the official list of your state or province? If you’re an [read more…]

Watch Bill Thompson III receive the ABA’s Roger Tory Peterson Award for Promoting the Cause of Birding

ABA President Jeffrey Gordon (l) and Vice-Chair Julie Davis (r) present Bill Thompson III (c) with the ABA Roger Tory Peterson Award

Earlier this year, Bill Thompson III was presented with the ABA’s Roger Tory Peterson Award for Promoting the Cause of Birding in recognition of his lifetime of service and contributions. The [read more…]

Will You Be the 2020 ABA Young Birder of the Year?

Do you never leave the house without your binoculars? Even indoors, are birds always on your mind? How would you like to stretch and grow your birding skills under the guidance of some of the most respected birders in North America and have a lot of fun in the process? If you are age 10 [read more…]

Announcing “Celebrations” – a new name for a well-loved column

In your April issue of Birding, you may notice that some changes are afoot. One of those changes is mine to explain. Starting in this issue, “Milestones” will now be called “Celebrations.” Don’t worry; “Celebrations” will have the same great content as always. In fact, this change was inspired by that great content, and how [read more…]

A Dozen Things You Can Do to Celebrate Bill Thompson III

 

These are my friend Bill Thompson III’s shoes. Actually, this is just the tip of his footwear iceberg—he owned and wore a lot of shoes. I photographed these as they sat by his front door the day after I, along with members of his family, watched him fly free of his cancer-ravaged body. [read more…]