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    Hookpods to Prevent Albatross Deaths

    Long-line fishing is known to be a significant source of mortality for many specifc of pelagic birds, most notably albatrosses. A British invention, the hookpod, has the potential to eliminate seabird deaths in pelagic long line fisheries. Hookpod Ltd (HPL) had a stand at International Birdfair over the weekend and received lots of enthusiastic support [read more...]

      Drought in California likely to Affect Migratory Birds

      The western part of the ABA Area has been experiencing drought conditions for the better part of the last three years, and none have experienced drought quite to the degree that California has. At last check, 80% of the state is in “extreme” drought, the highest level as determined by the National Weather Service. The [read more...]

        Citizen Science and Older Observers

        It’s no secret that there are those among us in the birding community with sharper eyes and sharper ears that others. One only has to spend a morning on a group walk to realize that. Some of it is the benefit of experience, to be sure, but some of it is simple variation among human [read more...]

          Help Stop Cormorant Cull in Oregon

          Cormorants too often get a unfair rap, unfairly maligned by fishermen who blame them for collapsing fish stocks and by waterfront residents who see their congregations as smelly or menacing. Maybe it’s only among birders that these admittedly ungainly and conventionally unattractive birds get their proper due. Where others see trouble, we see adept fishers. [read more...]

            Help Fill the eBird Gaps

            It probably goes without saying that many of the readers of the blog are active eBirders. In recent years, eBird has become the go-to site for questions of bird distribution and abundance, and as birders continue to enter their older data the historical side of the equation continues to get better and better which makes [read more...]

              ABA’s Regional Interest Discussion Groups

              The birding scene in North America is primarily state/province based, reflected in the vibrant listserv culture that the birding community has created and nurtured. But stuck as we are in our ruts, we miss opportunities to share information across those lines.

              To use my own home state as an example; birders from all over the [read more...]

                ABA Hosting “Thank You, Colorado!” Event, August 9

                Residents of Colorado, or birders visiting the state the first week of August will be interested in a fun party and farewell open house to be held Saturday, August 9th, at the American Birding Association’s headquarters in Colorado Springs. As many of you know, the ABA is relocating its administrative offices to Delaware City, Delaware, [read more...]

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                  We at the ABA try to make finding out what’s going on at the organization as easy as possible for members and friends. There’s the blog, the website, and our stable of fine publications. If you’re interested in more ABA stuff, please subscribe to our newsletter, Flight Calls. It’ll come to your email inbox regularly [read more...]

                    California Condors Nesting in Utah for the First Time

                    Well, the first time in several hundred years, at least. A pair of California Condors at Zion National Park in Utah are raising a single chick, documented by park staff and a number of other state and federal groups.

                    As birders undoubtedly know already, the iconic California Condor was the focus of one of the [read more...]

                      BirdLife South Africa, Albatrosses, and ABA Events

                      The ABA is hosting a safari trip to South Africa later this year, and there are no shortage of reasons to be excited about it. The birding is spectacular, the mammals are nearly as impressive, and we’re working with the dedicated conservationists at BirdLife South Africa to create an itinerary that will be as rewarding [read more...]

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                      • Open Mic: My First Breeding Bird Survey August 12, 2014 8:22
                        When I got asked to go on my first Breeding Bird Survey with one of our areas top birders, I jumped at the opportunity! I met Katie Koch, a US Fish and Wildlife Service bird biologist at 4:45am. That was the earliest time I've been birding by 15 minutes. […]
                      • What to Do When You Feel Under the Weather at Bird Camp August 6, 2014 6:47
                        Imagine you are at a bird camp. Camp Chiricahua, for instance. Maybe this year. Maybe even this week. You are having lots of fun making new friends, seeing lots of cool birds, and traveling to all sorts of awesome places. But with all this activity and excitement, you start wearing yourself down. […]
                      • Young Birder Blog Birding #31 August 1, 2014 5:45
                        July is often a difficult month for birders, but the month has come to an end. For many birds, breeding season is long gone and preparation for fall migration have begun. […]

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