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    Support the ABA this Holiday Season

    Today is Giving Tuesday, a movement created a few years ago to combat the overt commercialization of the holiday season. It’s a nice moment to step back and give back to the organizations that make a difference to you. Allow me to make a case as to why the American Birding Association is one of [read more…]

      Call for 2014 ABA Award Nominations!

      By ABA Board Awards Committee Chair Mike Bowen

      The deadline for nominating your fellow members of the birding community for ABA Awards in 2015 is coming up quickly – in fact, by December 31, 2014.

      Please read the criteria by which nominations will be judged very carefully then seriously consider nominating someone for an ABA [read more…]

        Help Prevent Bird WIndow Collisions with The Bird and WIndows Project

        Birds face many threats when they come into contact with urban populations. One of the leading causes of avian mortality in cities is window collisions. In Canada it is estimated 25 million birds are killed each year as a result of bird window collisions and the winter season, which large numbers of birds descend on [read more…]

          Birders Can Speak Out on Sandy Hook, NJ, Building Proposal

          The state of New Jersey does not want for great places to bird. From north to south (maybe especially south), the state has a birding pedigree far out of proportion with its small size. One of those great locations is undoubtedly Sandy Hook, the spit of stand that sticks out into New York Bay. Most [read more…]

            Football Stadiums and Migrating Birds, Two Approaches

            For the most part, there isn’t a ton of overlap between professional football and birds, except perhaps those Sundays in fall with the football fan birder has to make a difficult decision on what to focus their energies. That has changed of late, however, with the construction of a massive new stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota, [read more…]

              Hookpods to Prevent Albatross Deaths

              Long-line fishing is known to be a significant source of mortality for many specifc of pelagic birds, most notably albatrosses. A British invention, the hookpod, has the potential to eliminate seabird deaths in pelagic long line fisheries. Hookpod Ltd (HPL) had a stand at International Birdfair over the weekend and received lots of enthusiastic support [read more…]

                Help Stop Cormorant Cull in Oregon

                Cormorants too often get a unfair rap, unfairly maligned by fishermen who blame them for collapsing fish stocks and by waterfront residents who see their congregations as smelly or menacing. Maybe it’s only among birders that these admittedly ungainly and conventionally unattractive birds get their proper due. Where others see trouble, we see adept fishers. [read more…]

                  “Conservation Milestones” Debuts!

                  For me, the most exciting part of the first issue 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. Birder’s Guide copy editor Noah Strycker did a wonderful job working with the contributors to compile an engaging and inspiring compendium. [read more…]

                    SNEAK PEEK! Birder’s Guide to Conservation & Community, 2014

                    It is with great excitement that I present the first issue of Birder’s Guide to Conservation & Community! The ABA’s goal with this issue is to highlight the efforts being made by birders in the realms of habitat conservation and environmental education, which both lead to healthier bird populations. We’re particularly proud to debut “Conservation Milestones” (see [read more…]

                      Open Mic: Take Action to help Townsend’s Shearwaters

                      At the Mic: Josh Beck

                      The Townsend’s Shearwater is one of the most critically endangered of all seabirds, but has very few conservation resources dedicated to it. I’ve long been interested in this bird, and it has seemed to me that its plight should not be so dire. It breeds on just one island- Isla [read more…]

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                      • 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 […]
                      • Young Birder Blog Birding #35 December 5, 2014 7:22
                        November has truly been “Novembird” for much of the ABA area, with a smattering of great birds spread across the region. The grip of winter is finally beginning to take its hold. Lucky for us, there were several nice posts written by young birders over the past month. Many of us are gearing up for […]
                      • Nine Tips for Leading Bird Walks November 18, 2014 9:39
                        Recently, I have noticed an interesting phenomenon. More and more young birders have been leading bird walks. This is awesome and really helps enrich the young birder community, as well as the birding community as a whole. […]

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