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    The Warbler Guide App, featuring 3-D Images


    Tom Stephenson and Scott Whittle’s landmark The Warbler Guide, published last year from Princeton University Press, was widely considered to be one of, if not the, finest family-specific guide for any group of North American birds. In his review for Birding magazine, Edward Burtt said:

    This is a wonderful book. The many, many photographs are [read more…]

      Holiday Gifts at the ABA Store!

      We mentioned the great optics deal at Eagle Optics this morning, but I would be remiss in neglecting to mention that the ABA Online Shop is another great place to shop for the birder in your life.

      We have shirts, pins, patches, stickers, and hats, including the very stylish and seasonally appropriate fleece cap [read more…]

        Get Eagle Optics Bins for the Holidays, Add an ABA Membership

        Looking for a last minute holiday gift for a birding friend or family member? Or maybe for yourself?

        Our friends at Eagle Optics have once again made their extremely generous membership offer available for another year. With the purchase of any one of a selection of binoculars, running the gamut from EO’s excellent house brand [read more…]

          Project SNOWstorm Owls Returning for a Second Year

          Last winter’s Snowy Owl irruption was incredible for a number of obvious reasons involving big white owls hanging out seemingly everywhere, but for a number of researchers with Project SNOWStorm that irruption meant something more. Tagging several individual owls were with small-solar powered transmitters that pinged back to cellular towers meant that we were able [read more…]

            A New Species in Sulawesi, 15 years in the making

            It’s remarkable, in this day and age, that researchers in far flung, bird-rich parts of the world are still putting names to new species at a pretty steady rate. It seems like every year a handful are formally described for the first time, generally from the tropics of South America and Asia, where there are [read more…]

              Holiday Ideas at the ABA shop and more!

              It’s holiday gift-giving season and, of course, the ABA has a number of items that might be of interest to your birding friends and family this year. In particular, there are a few things to which we’d like to draw your attention.

              First, the ABA’s Power of 7s membership drive ends on December 1. By [read more…]

                Happy Thanksgiving from the ABA!

                Happy Thanksgiving to ABA members and ABA Blog readers! This is the one holiday that’s bird-centric, even if the reason is gustatory and not ornithological, so enjoy it!

                Photo by Rick Derevan, via flickr

                Because the holiday falls on a Thursday, when I usually prepare that week’s Rare Bird Alert post, I’ll be pushing [read more…]

                  National Museum of Wildlife Art Contest for Birders

                  The National Museum of Wildlife Art, located in Jackson, Wyoming launched contest today in conjunction with a new bird-focused exhibit called “A Parade of Plumage“. The exhibit focuses on the engravings of Francois Nicolas Martinet, a prolific engraver in the 1700s. The museum was the recipient of 102 prints by Martinet, created for the Histoire [read more…]

                    The Rise of Rarity Roundups

                    This coming weekend several friends and I are heading out to eastern North Carolina in an attempt to put on our own version of a Rarity Roundup. The Rarity Roundup, a loosely coordinated event in which birders scour potential vagrant hotspots in their state during a lucrative time of the year, usually November, is an [read more…]

                      Join the ABA at RGVBF

                      The Rio Grande Valley Bird Festival is a highlight of the year for scores of birders across the continent, and for good reason. Combine one of the most exciting hotspots in the ABA Area with an organizational marvel that is the planning team in Harlingen and you’ve got the makings of a phenomenal time among [read more…]

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                      • 2014 Iowa/Illinois Young Birder Weekend December 15, 2014 9:37
                        By Carl Bendorf On June 14-15, 2014, Iowa Young Birders and Illinois Young Birders hosted a joint field trip weekend along the Mississippi River.  Twenty four young birders from Iowa, Illinois, and Wisconsin had a great time exploring a variety of habitats. One of the highlights was spending time with special guest, Rachael Butek, 2010 ABA Young […]
                      • Young Birder Blog Birding #35 December 5, 2014 7:22
                        November has truly been “Novembird” for much of the ABA area, with a smattering of great birds spread across the region. The grip of winter is finally beginning to take its hold. Lucky for us, there were several nice posts written by young birders over the past month. Many of us are gearing up for […]
                      • Nine Tips for Leading Bird Walks November 18, 2014 9:39
                        Recently, I have noticed an interesting phenomenon. More and more young birders have been leading bird walks. This is awesome and really helps enrich the young birder community, as well as the birding community as a whole. […]

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