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    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 end [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 of the [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 to Listing & Taxonomy.

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            Alaska Birding and Blogging Begin

            I am back blogging after an extended break due to our move. We did indeed arrive in Alaska, but there was a lot of trauma involved. The shorter story is: as planned, we left Rapid City on August 24th in our Subaru and our Toyota, with our dog and enough belongings so that we could [read more…]

              The Festival Phenomenon

              Kilted birders take the stage at last week’s Rio Grande festival (note ABA prez Jeff Gordon, far right).

              My flight home from Harlingen, Texas, last Monday—after a wonderful week at the Lower Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival—marked the end of an exhilarating and maybe unprecedented streak: This year, I participated in 15 separate birding [read more…]

                Open Mic: A New World Big Day Record – 354 Species!

                The LSU Peru Big Day team has broken the world record for the most species observed in a single day! Their total of 354 ABA-countable species breaks the previous record by Robinson and Parker set in 1982 (as well as a non-ABA-recognized total of 342 set in Kenya). Below is a report on their effort [read more…]

                  Open Mic: Tackling the World Big Day Record, Part 2

                  The following is an update from Louisiana State University Big Day team members on their progress in scouting for their Peru Big Day, an attempt to break the world big day record while raising support for research on Neotropical birds. The ABA is excited to offer them a platform for promoting their attempt. For more [read more…]

                    Open Mic: Tackling the World Big Day Record

                    The following is an update from Louisiana State University Big Day team members on their progress in scouting for their Peru Big Day, an attempt to break the world big day record while raising support for research on Neotropical birds. The ABA is excited to offer them a platform for promoting their attempt. For more [read more…]

                      Cell Phone Bird Photography

                      Is all this camera gear really necessary anymore?

                      Digital camera sales have been in the news lately – or, rather, the lack thereof. Canon recently reported that its compact camera sales have fallen 36% compared to one year ago, and sales of its digital SLRs have dropped by 19%. Nikon, meanwhile, has seen a [read more…]

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                        The Cape May Autumn Birding Festival is a weekend long event that is in its 68th year now, making it the longest-running birding festival in North America. […]
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                        As the year winds down, many of us are enjoying or preparing for Christmas Bird Counts! […]
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                        When I took on the challenge of the 2014 Young Birder of the Year Contest, I was fully aware that it would be the hardest thing I had ever done. I planned to devote myself to the study of birds for nearly six months spending hours each day compiling a field notebook, studying nest boxes, […]

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