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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…]

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…]

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