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UPDATE: Migratory Bird Treaty Act Safe For Now

First, a warm thank you to all the ABA members and friends who took the time to contact their representatives regarding the appropriations threat to the Migratory Bird Treaty Act that we detailed a few weeks ago. We have good news to report.

Sing loud and proud about the work of the birding community [read more…]

Monitoring a Shearwater Die-off in the Bahamas and How You Can Help

Birders in the Bahamas have noticed a curious uptick in the numbers of shearwaters, mostly Great Shearwaters, found washed up in the beaches of the island nation. While wrecked seabirds are not unusual anywhere there is a beach, particularly at a time of year when young birds are learning the hard way how to survive [read more…]

Make Birders Count: Buy Your Duck Stamp Through the ABA in 2015

Last year, 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 Wildlife Refuges in [read more…]

What Birders Should Know – and do – about the Threat to the Migratory Bird Treaty Act

A quick summary: one of the most effective pieces of bird conservation legislation ever—the Migratory Bird Treaty Act—is under threat. Additionally, there is another challenge, specifically to Sage-Grouse conservation. Birders are urged to contact their elected representatives and make their support for bird conservation known. Information on how to do just that follows.

The Problem

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“Conservation Milestones”, v. 2015

One of the most exciting parts of Birder’s Guide to Conservation & Community is “Conservation Milestones“, a place where birders like you can share their personal accomplishments in the realms of environmental education and conservation. Noah Strycker did a wonderful job working with the contributors to compile an engaging and inspiring compendium, but he needed [read more…]

SNEAK PEEK! Birder’s Guide to Conservation & Community, 2015

I’ve just received word that the 2015 issue of Birder’s Guide to Conservation & Community is at the printers. American Birding Association members should find it in their mailboxes in the next couple weeks. But you don’t have to wait until then to see what’s inside. You can see the entirety of this issue of [read more…]

2015 Champions of the Flyway: American Dippers and Songbird Trapping

Each year, birders flock to Eilat, Israel to enjoy a migratory spectacle unlike any in the world. Millions of raptors stream over in mixed kettles funneling through as the migrate between Africa & Europe / Asia each spring and fall in flights that boggle the imagination. Keen-eyed observers have to separate 10 different species of [read more…]

Open Mic: Rich Stallcup’s Legacy Lives on at Point Reyes

At the Mic: Carolyn Longstreth

As many ABA members know, Rich Stallcup, of Marin County, California, was an outstanding naturalist, teacher and “extraordinary human,” who touched the lives of countless people. He played a pivotal role in the rise of birding as a national pastime—and especially the love of birds as a motive for conservation. [read more…]

ABA Duck Stamps, Help us Reach $15,000!

You may remember the ABA’s initiative to sell Duck Stamps through our offices as a way to make birders’ voices heard in a way that helps support the important Duck Stamp program.

Well, we’re excited to say that we’re currently 26 stamps short of 1000, and we’d love to close that gap very soon. 1000 [read more…]

Open Mic: Help Needed for Sundarbans Oil Spill Response

At the Mic: Mya-Rose Craig

I am a 12 year old British Bangladeshi birder, conservationist, writer and speaker. The oil spill in the Sundarbans, Bangladesh is a huge ecological disaster being ignored at home and abroad. This ruined landscape is close to my heart. If you have a heart, please help in any way you [read more…]

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