You can’t drive to Nunavut. There are no roads connecting it with the rest of North America, and much of Canada’s newest territory consists of islands in the Arctic Ocean. Nunavut comprises over 20% of Canada’s land mass yet is home to only 0.09% of Canada’s population. That’s not nine percent, but nine hundredths of a [read more...]
The March 2014 issue of Birder’s Guide to Travel contains the ABA’s highly-praised Pelagic Directory. Here (on page 78) you’ll find most of the ABA Area’s most popular pelagic trips, in one convenient list, arranged by geography and date. And be sure to check out Diana Doyle’s “Pelagic Prep” article, immediately preceding, for tips on how to make [read more...]
So meta: Are birders becoming trapped by technology?
I’m not old enough to reminisce about phone trees and rare bird hotlines, though I’ve heard plenty of stories about birding’s raw old days. By the time I picked up my first pair of binoculars, dial-up was being phased out. I am proud to be of [read more...]
At the Mic: Paul Dunbar
Paul Dunbar didn’t just break the old Nebraska Big Year record in 2013, he destroyed it, ending the year with nearly 350 species tallied.
I didn’t set out to break any records.
I did hope to join the “300 Club” by the end of my Nebraska Big [read more...]
There’s been a lot of talk about record-breaking Big Years around here in the wake of Neil Hayward’s attempt at Sandy Komito’s record, but Neil wasn’t the only birder gunning for birding immortality in 2013. Ron Beck of Arizona set what is likely to be a record for a Big Year undertaken entirely undertaken by [read more...]
The latest LED flashlights are small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, but as bright as a spotlight.
The dark days of winter lie ahead, and, pretty soon, many of us will be owl-prowling on our favorite Christmas counts. But are you ready to light up the night? If you’re still [read more...]
“That’s the way it is with jackpot birding.”
ABA Events czar George Armistead and I were discussing the recently concluded Rarity Hunt on St. Paul Island, Alaska. As with all migration birding, it’s all about the weather.
“You had beautiful weather, too bad about the birds”, he continued.
Well, not really. I had the trip [read more...]
What are they: Orcs, Auks, or Dovekies?
The first time I heard someone exclaim, “There’s an Orc behind the ship!” this summer, I twirled in surprise, nervously quick-drawing my binoculars. In moody light, the mountain peaks of Svalbard—an isolated archipelago about 1,000 miles north of Norway—can assume an insidious, Mordorish aspect, and, for a fleeting [read more...]
Thu August 1: Darby Wind Cave
I never sleep as hard as when I sleep outside or in a tent. I’ve never been able to figure that one out.
The night started a little chilly and restless; but after some start and stop sleeping I went into coma mode and slept for about [read more...]
Matt Fraker hits the road in search of one of North America’s most enigmatic species. [read more...]