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Call for 2017 ABA Awards Nominations!

By ABA Board Awards Chair Scott Fraser

Another year of birding closes. Year end – time to reflect. As ABA members we recall not only the birds, but people with us in person or spirit, whose impact and work we continue to give thanks for, sometimes year after year.

Conservationists. Teachers. Artists. Performers. Writers. Activists. [read more…]

Sponsor Shoutout: Travel Safely with Global Rescue Insurance

For more than a decade, Global Rescue has provided unparalleled services to travelers around the world, and is the official emergency evacuation provider of the American Birding Association. Now, you can secure the value of your next great trip with our Signature Travel Insurance, available in partnership with the American Birding Association Global Rescue members. [read more…]

An Opportunity to Help ‘Elepaios in Hawaii

As many ABA members know, many of the Hawaiian bird species that soon will be added to the ABA checklist are endangered. There are several threats that have contributed to the decline of Hawaiian birds, and the importance of those factors varies among the species. For one of Hawaii’s endangered endemic birds, the Oahu Elepaio, [read more…]

Introducing ABA Song Bird Coffee from Thanksgiving Coffee

Just in time for the holidays, the American Birding Association is proud to partner with Thanksgiving Coffee Company to bring you Song Bird Coffee!

Song Bird Coffee is delicious, high-quality coffee grown on small farms throughout Central and South America that have been certified as Bird-Friendly by the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center. This coffee is [read more…]

Drawing for a Vanguard Spotting Scope & Central America Field Guides

We’ve been anticipating the November drawing all year, and here we are! Everyone who joins or renews their ABA membership during the month of November will be entered into a drawing for a Vanguard Endeavor HD spotting scope. You’ll get clear and accurate color rendition with this 20-60x, waterproof scope, sporting extra-low dispersion (ED) glass.

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The ABA adds Hawaii – Now What?

At the ABA’s annual membership meeting at the organization headquarters in Delaware City, Delaware, last week, the ABA membership officially voted to include Hawaii in the ABA Area by a significant margin. About 80% of the ballots received were in support of this change, and we’d like to thank all members who cared enough to [read more…]

Free 5-night stay for TWO at the famed Asa Wright Nature Centre of Trinidad

“Forty life birds before breakfast!”

Forty birds before breakfast right from the verandah!

The ABA and Caligo Ventures are giving away a 5-night stay for TWO at the famed Asa Wright Nature Centre of Trinidad and a $500 travel voucher.

Considered by many to be the finest introduction to birding in the [read more…]

2016 Proxy Ballot Update – Where to Get Your Ballot if You Haven’t Received it Yet

The ABA’s Annual Membership Meeting is coming up and with it, the deadline to return the proxy ballot containing the by-laws change that would expand the ABA Area to include Hawai’i.

Due to an error at our mailing house, many ABA members will have received two ballots. The first will typically have an incorrect [read more…]

Voice of Support: American Bird Conservancy Recommends including Hawai’i in ABA Area

A Message from Mike Parr, American Bird Conservancy

American Bird Conservancy (ABC), a leader in on-the-ground bird conservation work in Hawai’i, has long recognized the challenges facing Hawai’i’s native birds. We wholeheartedly endorse the addition of Hawai’i to the ABA area in the hope that it will bring even more visibility and support to this [read more…]

Test your ID Skills with the ABA Photo Quiz

Birders love Photo ID quizzes. Or, at least, they certainly get a lot of attention. Maybe we like tackling the finer points of bird ID when the obvious stuff is obscured. Or maybe those of us who are adept at taking poor bird photos hold out hope that our headless, branch-obscured, butt shots can find [read more…]

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