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Big Year Aftermath

Noah celebrates his 5,000th year bird with local birders in the Philippines on October 26, 2015.

A few weeks have passed since I got home after the biggest birding trip of all time, but it’s going to take a while yet for things to sink in. In 2015, I went birding every single day, [read more…]

Open Mic: 431 Species in One Day – Testimony of the Non-Participating Companion

At the Mic: George Paul


There has been an intriguing development in the world of birding. A team has identified 431 species of birds in a 24-hour period — more than on any other day in history. Where can one encounter that many species in one day? How did the team do [read more…]

Conservation in Papua New Guinea

A review by Donna Schulman

Searching for Pekpek: Cassowaries and Conservation in the New Guinea Rainforest, by Andrew L. Mack

Cassowary Conservation and Publishing, 2014

235 pages, $19.95—softcover

ABA Sales / Buteo Books 14464

New Guinea looms large in birders’ imaginations. Bowerbirds, dense rain forests, birds of paradise, exotic feather headdresses, the shadow of violence [read more…]

Small Town Unites to Aid Baby Flicker

In the United States, we celebrate Independence Day on the Fourth of July. Canada’s closest analog, Canada Day, is just a few days before, on July 1. It’s a time to come together and remember not only the individualism that energizes us, but the way a shared sense of purpose can enable us to work [read more…]

YOUR TURN: The Avian Unicorns of Middle America

The recently released March 2015 issue of Birder’s Guide to Travel features an article by Josh Beck entitled “Finding and Seeing the Avian Unicorns of Middle America”. Josh lists what he believes are the 12 hardest-to-find bird species between the U.S.-Mexico and Panama-Colombia borders, as well as the best bets of finding them for yourself. [read more…]

2015–2016 Pelagic Directory online now!

The March 2015 issue of Birder’s Guide to Travel contains the ABA’s highly-praised Pelagic Directory. Here (on page 56) you’ll find a comprehensive list of the ABA Area’s pelagic trips, arranged by geography and date. You might also want to check out articles by Diana Doyle and Debi Shearwater from prior issues; they both [read more…]

An Interview with Dorian Anderson, pedal-powered Big Year champ

There’s no getting around the fact that the ABA Area Big Year has serious appeal among birders. Much of it is the vicarious thrill of watching someone build a list in 365 days that most of the the rest of us take a lifetime to accomplish. But there’s also a celebration of the birding community [read more…]

The Ultimate Big Year

Noah and everything he will carry this year.

Today, I begin 365 days of intense birding: In 2015, I hope to see 5,000 species of birds around the world. After celebrating this New Year in Antarctica, I will make my way up through South America, then across North America, Europe, Africa, and Asia, and [read more…]

Un Año Grande en Guatemala

If you haven’t yet seen John Cahill’s article in the October 2014 issue of Birder’s Guide to Listing & Taxonomy, I highly recommend you do. Even if you don’t read it, at least look at the photos. Translated to English, the title means “A Big Year in Guatemala”.

Along the way, John beautifully photographed many [read more…]

U.S. County Year List Record: 388

Three hundred eighty-eight birds in one year in one county? Yes. It is possible. And Barbara Carlson is the woman who did it. She has seen more birds in one U.S. county in a year than anyone before her. Barbara tells us about her big year experience in the October 2014 issue of Birder’s Guide [read more…]

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