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…]
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…]
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…]
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…]
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…]
The ABA is proud to host an event tomorrow night that explores a little bit of the history of the place we call home. With the recent announcement that the face of abolitionist and humanitarian Harriet Tubman will be gracing the US $20 bill in the not too distant future, there has been an increase [read more…]
Scientific bird names are mysterious to a lot of us. Unless you have a basic grounding in Latin or Greek, they tend to be meaningless to anyone except the researchers who use them regularly, just jumbles of letters as cryptic as a spell in a Harry Potter book. James Jobling tried to remedy that in [read more…]
At the ABA, we have the good fortune to work closely with many friends in the birding industry who share a commitment to promoting birding opportunities, encouraging conservation initiatives around the world, and making the birding community more fun and inclusive. Many of these friends sponsor various aspects of the ABA’s programs and outreach initiatives, [read more…]
The Great Backyard Bird Count is big, but the Global Big Day is much much bigger. On May 9, 2015, 14,000 people in 135 countries entered a staggering 45,000 eBird checklists featuring 6,085 species in one 24 hour period. That’s a lot of birds, but our friends at Cornell want 2016 to be even bigger.
The ABA was proud to play a part in the inaugural American Birding Expo in Columbus, Ohio, last fall. Plans are already in place for the 2016 version, and hopes are high that it will be bigger and better the next time around. For an insider’s view of American Birding Expo, check out this video [read more…]