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    Recording Standards and Ethics, all Online

    Few birders know that in addition to the high-profile ABA Checklist Committee, the ABA bylaws require that the organization also maintains a second committee with a focus on Recording Standards and Ethics. It’s the yin and yang of the North American birding experience. If the CLC determines what birds are “countable”, RSEC determines under what [read more...]

      Winter is Coming: The 2014 Winter Finch Report

      Sure we’ve still got fall migration on our minds. Sure it still feels like midsummer in some parts of the ABA Area. But there’s no surer sign of the changing seasons that Ron Pittaway’s annual Winter Finch Report.

      The focus of the annual “What to expect when you’re expecting irruptive finches” is always on Ontario, [read more...]

        Football Stadiums and Migrating Birds, Two Approaches

        For the most part, there isn’t a ton of overlap between professional football and birds, except perhaps those Sundays in fall with the football fan birder has to make a difficult decision on what to focus their energies. That has changed of late, however, with the construction of a massive new stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota, [read more...]

          ABA Bird of the Year Shirts in the field!

          The limited edition Rufous Hummingbird t-shirts, designed by PRBY’s Paul Riss and Rachel Riorden and printed by Fed by Threads, are on their way to mailboxes across the ABA Area this week. I got mine last evening, and a more comfortable and stylish t-shirt I don’t know that I’ve seen. Rufous Hummingbirds are on the [read more...]

            Biking with Birds reaches Pacific Ocean, Sees lots and lots of birds

            When Dorian Anderson undertook his biking Big Year taking him across the ABA Area in search of as many birds as possible seen entirely under his own power, the thought of reaching the Pacific Ocean must have registered as something of a dream. It’s not like his route has been a straight shot. In the [read more...]

              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...]

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                      • Open Mic: 2014 Camp Avocet–an intern’s perspective October 13, 2014 5:38
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                        Tubenoses - well-adapted birds that spend most of their lives soaring over the open ocean - are shrouded in more mystery than any other group of birds. Not only are their habitats so inaccessible, but distinguishing between cryptic species makes them a true frontier for ornithologists and birders alike. […]

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