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It’s the end of the year, time for lots of wrap-ups and stock-taking. In a lot of ways, this has been a banner year for the ABA. Membership is up. Awareness is up. And the excitement around the organization [read more...]
Happy Thanksgiving, faithful readers! I hope that birds treat you well, whether on the dinner table or in your field of view.
All the best- Bill Schmoker
Wild Turkey, Badlands National Park, South Dakota, 21 June 2013.©Bill Schmoker
Put down that Thanksgiving fork! You’ve probably eaten enough, but with family commitments you can’t sneak out to go birding. So now is the perfect time to get ready for the 114th Christmas Bird Count season, which begins on December 14th.
For ideas on new tools for Christmas Bird Counting, see Bill Schmoker’s post on [read more...]
Pretty much every Common Nighthawk that spent time in the ABA Area this year has split for warmer climates to the south, but if you’re feeling at all nostalgic for the 2013 ABA Bird of the Year and want to remind yourself of those warm and buggy nights when it seemed like summer would never [read more...]
Any amateur phenologist can tell you that migratory birds seem to be returning earlier and earlier every spring. Rising temperatures due to climate change is presumably the culprit, but until recently, the mechanism that selects for that early arrival was unknown. For a long while, it was suggested that individual birds were changing their individual [read more...]
Black-capped Vireo, one of the Texas specialties that can be found at Warbler Woods.
Warbler Woods, a 124 acre ranch in Cibolo, Texas, is one of the best sites in Central Texas for migrating warblers. Though it’s privately owned by Margie Bonnes and Susan & Don Schaezler, the site has been maintained as [read more...]
It is taken as self-evident among our community that the National Wildlife Refuge system is a remarkably valuable resource. The NWRs found in all 50 states are home to hundreds of species of birds and a myriad of other wild things, and there’s scarcely a birder in North America who hasn’t taken advantage of them [read more...]
via DC Birding Blog
Any birder who has spend any amount of time around birds knows that many exhibit cooperative behavior that expresses itself in many different ways. Shorebirds, which gather in large migratory flocks and congregate visibly during migration at many sites around North America, would seem to be one of those groups of [read more...]
ABA members, friends, and blog readers may be interested in a photo contest currently being run by our friends at Global Rescue, the ABA’s Official Partner for Emergency Medical and Evacuation Services.
For their 2013 Spirit of Adventure Photo contest, Global Rescue is asking contributors to send in photos that epitomize adventure; those that “allow [read more...]
I wrote a month or so ago about the American Bird Conservancy led effort to purchase the famous Paton’s Hummingbird Haven of Patagonia, Arizona, and maintain it in perpetuity as a bird sanctuary.
Remarkably, over $270,000 has been raised, but we still need just under $30,000 more to meet the goal set by the ABC [read more...]