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Learning and Surviving in the Land of the Harpy Eagle

A review by Julia Zarankin

On a Wing and a Prayer: One Woman’s Adventure Into the Heart of the Rain Forest, by Sarah Woods

Bloomsbury, 2015

272 pages, $27—hardcover

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The problem with falling in love with wildlife, and with birds in particular, is the distressing accompanying narrative about the [read more…]

Bird Like a Neotropical Pro

In last year’s Birder’s Guide to Gear, Kathi Borgmann offered some great advice on what to pack on a birding trip to Neotropics in “Gearing Up for a Neotropical Adventure“. In her follow-up article appearing in the 2016 issue of Birder’s Guide to Travel–“Bird Like a Neotropical Pro“–she outlines how to prepare for the trip [read more…]

Duck Stamp Revisions: Opinions Differ in the Birding Community–Voice Yours Today!

Photo composite: Christine Clayton

The American Birding Association strongly supports the United States National Wildlife Refuge system. It encourages birders to buy the Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp (aka, the “Duck Stamp”), a program that has an unmatched track record of conserving wildlife habitat through that system. We also support birders increasing and [read more…]

SNEAK PEEK! Birder’s Guide to Travel, 2016

The 2016 issue of Birder’s Guide to Travel has just hit 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 Birder’s Guide right now. Simply click [read more…]

Gearing Up for a Neotropical Adventure

Having the right gear with you can be the different between thoroughly enjoying yourself and…not. Things like wet feet, fogged binoculars, and swarms of blackflies can have you running back to the car and wishing you were home, instead.

In “Gearing Up for a Neotropical Adventure“, Kathi Borgmann shares her thoughts on the gear you [read more…]

Lessons from a Photo Big Day

If you’re looking for advice on which Canon SLR camera setup to take birding with you, look no further than “Lessons From a Photo Big Day“. This article by Scott Whittle and Tom Stephenson relays what they learned about which gear worked best while running a photo big day. While you may have no desire [read more…]

SNEAK PEEK! Birder’s Guide to Gear, 2015

The 2015 issue of Birder’s Guide to Gear is now being printed. That means that, if you’re an ABA member, you should find it in your mailbox in the next couple weeks. But you don’t have to wait until then to see what’s inside. And neither do non-members. You can see the entirety of [read more…]

The ABA’s Spark Bird Project Puts Binoculars in the Hands of Kids

What could a kid discover if they had the tools we birders often take for granted? What could they find?

Birds, almost certainly. But also a welcoming community, a lifelong passion, a purpose that benefits all of us who care about birds and wild places that hold them. But for many kids, access to the [read more…]

SNEAK PEEK! Birder’s Guide to Listing & Taxonomy, 2015

The 2015 issue of Birder’s Guide to Listing & Taxonomy is now being printed. That means that, if you’re an ABA member, you should find it in your mailbox in the next couple weeks. But you don’t have to wait until then to see what’s inside. And neither do non-members. You can see the entirety [read more…]

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…]

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