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    The 2014 Big Photo Day Challenge

    Scott Whittle, Tom Stephenson, and friends are trying something big this spring. A Big Photo Day, in which they attempt to acquire identifiable photographs of as many species of birds as possible in a 24 hour period.

    Scott and Tom share the details:

    The Event:

    This April a team of expert birders [read more...]

      Remembering Matthiessen

      Peter Matthiessen, the esteemed writer and naturalist, has passed away. I imagine many ABA members are familiar with his work and mourn his passing. For me, his writing is an inspiration, from At Play in the Fields of the Lord, an excellent novel about missionaries in the Amazon, to The Snow Leopard, a travelogue about [read more...]

        Take Action for Greater Sage-Grouse

        Greater Sage-Grouse is one of the iconic species of the North American West, and it’s entirely dependent on wide open sagebrush strewn spaces of the Great Basin for survival. Unfortunately, that region is increasingly under threat of development from oil and gas mining operations, mining pits, and the roads and powerlines that go along with [read more...]

          New Jersey Audubon Seeks Director for Cape May Bird Observatory

          Cape May Point by David Slack. Used under a Creative Commons license.

           

          Here’s an incredible opportunity for the right person. And also some very big shoes to fill and bins to carry. Jobs like this tend not to open very often, so if you believe you have what it takes to helm a [read more...]

            A Biking Big Year with Dorian Anderson

            Neil Hayward’s Big Year was a blast to follow along with, particularly its dramatic conclusion. Birders who are feeling anxious to follow another Big Year attempt might be interested in Dorian Anderson’s attempt to set a new Big Year record by bike.

            Even if he wasn’t counting birds along the way, Anderson’s cross-country trek [read more...]

              A Network for College Birders

              I was recently contacted by Ross Furbish, president of the University of Washington student bird club in Seattle, Washington. He had recently been among those who created a new organization with the hopes of connecting similar collegiate organizations into a network that hopefully will allow members across the continent and beyond to come together socially [read more...]

                Tracking Snowy Owls with Project SNOWstorm

                The Snowy Owl invasion of 2013-14 is remarkable for a number of reasons. Not only was it the largest influx of the species into the eastern United States and Atlantic Canada in memory, with individuals showing up as far south as Florida and Mississippi, but it was the first time ever that birder have been [read more...]

                  Great Backyard Bird Count this Weekend!

                  There’s no better time to get involved in Cornell’s phenomenal citizen science projects than this weekend; the Great Backyard Bird Count runs Friday February 14 through 16.

                  This is the second year that the GBBC has run through eBird, utilizing that programs comprehensive network of regional experts and finely-tuned filters to make the process [read more...]

                    The 2014 Farm Bill and Wildlife

                    There are few pieces of legislation that pass through congress that have such an outsized influence on conservation policy than the annual Farm Bill, and the omnibus package that was finally sent to the President early this month is no different. The bill establishes funding for a wide range of programs for the next five [read more...]

                      The ABA Blog's Most Popular Posts of 2013

                      Hey, it’s the end of the year! the time when retrospection takes the form of Top 10 lists across the entirety of the internet. It’s been a pretty spectacular year here at the ABA Blog, and I want to publicly thank all of those tho contributed to the blog this year, from regular contributors to [read more...]

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                      • Planting an Interest at Farm Camp April 22, 2014 8:28
                        To my brother Benjamin and me, it’s not summer without Farm Camp. Run by Connie, a teacher at my former middle school, and her husband David, Farm Camp is a small, outdoors-oriented, all-ages camp that runs throughout the first half of summer. […]
                      • Adapting To A Human World April 17, 2014 11:08
                        For many species, the slow process of evolution makes it very difficult to adapt to a dynamic society. However, some birds have evolved certain characteristics to assist in ensuring the survival of the species in the face of an ever-changing world. Others have learned behaviors that can assist in their survival. […]
                      • From Coffee to Penguins: Winter Research 2014 April 2, 2014 6:04
                        This post is the beginning of a series meant to highlight new discoveries about birds and make ornithological research more accessible to young birders. […]

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