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The ABA Blog’s Most Popular Posts of 2016

At the intersection of the old year and the new year, I want to publicly thank all of those tho contributed to the blog this year, from regular contributors to guest writers to those who work behind the scenes keeping the whole thing functioning.

The following are the 10 most popular posts published on this [read more…]

An Alaska Opportunity for Young Birders

This time of year Alaska is cold and dark, and hospitable only to the hardiest birds and the most intense birders willing to go chase them. But in the spring, Alaska welcomes returning birds with an incredible abundance of natural riches. The state welcomes birders too, particularly to the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival, held the [read more…]

Winter Finch Report 2016: Here Come the Siskins

There’s no surer, and more anticipated, sign of the changing seasons that Ron Pittaway’s annual Winter Finch Forecast.

The focus of the annual “What to expect when you’re expecting irruptive finches” is always on Ontario, but Pittaway’s insights can be extrapolated to the rest of the north east and, indeed, much of the rest of [read more…]

The Pros and Cons of Wildlife Friendly Yards

I’d wager a significant percentage of birders and readers of this blog enjoy attracting birds to your yards, be it through a feeder or two or wildlife specific landscaping. It’s one of the great joys of having a spot of your own, and an opportunity to bring the birds to you rather than expend the [read more…]

Local Big Year Birder Helps Discover New Whale Species

This story isn’t about birding so much, but it is about a birder. If you are a birder or a naturalist active on social media you’ve might have seen the news that a new species of beaked whale, potentially dubbed Beradius beringiae, on a secluded shore of St. George Island in the Pribilofs. New species [read more…]

Happy 85th Birthday, Phoebe Snetsinger! Love, Google.

In 1981, following a cancer diagnosis, Phoebe Snetsinger started a journey that would see her travel the globe in search of birds, tallying a life list of more than 8,300 species (depending on which taxonomy one follows) before tragically dying in 1999 in a car accident in Madagascar. Her last life bird, Red-shouldered Vanga, had [read more…]

ABA Area Big Years In Progress: May 2016 Update

We’re about 6 weeks shy of the halfway point of 2016, and three birders are making significant efforts towards putting together an ABA Area Big Year that could topple Neil Hayward’s record of 749, set in 2013. All three birders have no doubt been buoyed by an impressive year in which a great number of [read more…]

Where to Watch the 2016 World Series (of Birding)

By the time this post is published, teams of birders have been birding hard for 8 hours in the state of New Jersey, going for glory (or whatever passes for glory in the birding world) in the 32nd World Series of Birding. Sponsored by New Jersey Audubon, the WSOB is the among the foremost Big [read more…]

ABA Publications, Now All in One Place

The ABA is excited to announce that all of our many publications, both traditional paper magazines and online resources, are now available at one online location. You can find free online editions of Birder’s Guide, as well as member’s content for our flagship magazine Birding, at our new Publications Hub.

And that’s not all. We [read more…]

Global Big Day Two Weeks Out

A reminder, as we careen headlong in the most exciting birding month in the northern hemisphere, that Cornell and eBird’s Global Big Day is scheduled for May 14, only two weeks away.

In addition to eBird’s online festivities, May 14 is International Migratory Bird Day in North America. Many nature centers, bird clubs, and [read more…]

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