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Buy Optics from Eagle Optics, Get a Discounted ABA Membership!

Our good friends at Eagle Optics are once again offering a fantastic deal for those interested in purchasing a new pair of binoculars. With the purchase of one of a select list of binoculars at a variety of price points, you can get an ABA membership – usually $45 – for the low price of [read more…]

Test Your Bird ID Chops with the ABA Bird Quiz

The ABA photo quiz has been around for a very long time, but it’s something I’ll bet not a lot of people know about. Every month, quizmaster Tony Leukering finds a misleading, disorienting, but identifiable photo and throws it out on the web for birders to take a crack at it. Their are no prizes [read more…]

Howell on Field Notebooks at The Eyrie

Now that cameras and smartphones have largely replaced the once-ubiquitous field notebook in the pockets of birders – for better or for worse – the field notebook runs the risk of becoming an anachronism. But it shouldn’t! There’s so much you can learn from a good field notebook, and that’s one of the reasons the [read more…]

Confirmation of a New Nesting Site for Black-capped Petrel

For pelagic birders on the east coast, it doesn’t get much better than a Black-capped Petrel in a breeze. Like all Pterodromas, they cruise on the wind like a fine Italian sportscar on a mountain road, effortlessly and with breathtaking abandon. For decades the only known nest sites of this charismatic seabird were in patches [read more…]

The How and Why of Urban Cooper’s Hawks

It sounds strange to say that Cooper’s Hawks were once relatively unusual in urban and suburban settings. The dashing raptors are ubiquitous now, even in the most developed landscapes, and this population boom is certainly inverse to the fairings of so many other North American native birds. Why, then, does this species thrive in places [read more…]

Island Birds and Dark Plumage, Unknown Links Revealed

Birders who have traveled to the islands of the Caribbean and the Galapagos in the New World are likely aware that some of the endemic species there, namely bullfinches and the famous “Galapagos” finches, are a decidedly dusky hue compared to birds on the mainland. This characteristic bears out in a number of island specific [read more…]

The ABA Needs Your NWR Birding Photos!

Do you have a photo or photograph of birds and/or birders on National Wildlife Refuges that you would be willing to share? We need them for a display at the National Wildlife Refuge Expo, to be held in Washington, DC, on July 28. The photos will run on a looping PowerPoint that people may view [read more…]

UPDATE: Migratory Bird Treaty Act Safe For Now

First, a warm thank you to all the ABA members and friends who took the time to contact their representatives regarding the appropriations threat to the Migratory Bird Treaty Act that we detailed a few weeks ago. We have good news to report.

Sing loud and proud about the work of the birding community [read more…]

Technology Gets Smaller, Tracking Birds Gets Easier

Some of the more amazing ornithological discoveries in recent years have been the result of tiny GPS packs strapped to the backs of migratory birds. It’s a simple technological innovation that has unlocked some of the basic questions about where do these things go and how to they get there. And more importantly from a [read more…]

Think You Know Sharp-tailed Sparrows? Think Again

In 1995, the AOU formally split Sharp-tailed Sparrow into Nelson’s and Saltmarsh Sparrow based on differences in “song, morphology and habitat”. From the standpoint of birders, the split was pretty straight forward. the two species are mostly distinguishable in the field, Nelson’s with it’s buffy breast and Saltmarsh with its fine streaks (Saltmarsh is Streaky, [read more…]

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  • Field Recording August 20, 2015 4:16
    Is field recording the next frontier of bird documentation? Young birder Aidan Place considers the question. […]
  • What exactly is a field notebook? Part 5 of 5. July 30, 2015 5:14
    Recognizing that there are no such things as right and wrong, here are some thoughts for what you might include in your field journal (and field notebook!). But remember, it’s your field journal so you can do what you want. […]
  • What exactly is a field notebook? Part 4 of 5. July 29, 2015 3:51
    Fact: Careful observations and sketches help you really learn birds. […]

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