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2019 ABA Bird of the Year T-Shirts Available NOW!

You’ve seen the 2019 Bird of the Year artwork by Megan Massa, and the Birding cover inspired by that artwork. You’ve even heard the podcast interview introducing that Red-billed Tropicbird as 2019 Bird of the Year.

Now get the T-SHIRT!

Our limited edition 2019 Bird of the Year T-shirt, designed by Rachel Riorden and ABA [read more…]

Introducing the 2019 ABA Bird of the Year

It’s that time again, to launch a year honoring a special bird!

It feels a bit obvious, doesn’t it? That the ABA, celebrating our 50th year in 2019, would choose our long-standing logo bird, the Red-billed Tropicbird, Phaethon aethereus, to be the Bird of the Year in 2019. And it is, of course, but it’s [read more…]

Introducing the 2018 Bird of the Year!

It’s that time again, to launch a year honoring a special bird. This time around we’re doing something a little different.

With Hawaii’s inclusion in the ABA Area in 2016, the state’s extraordinary native birdlife was added to the ABA Checklist, a process that was finalized in 2017. Birders in the United States [read more…]

2017 Bird of the Year T-Shirts are Here! Pre-order Now!

The ABA 2017 Bird of the Year T-shirts are here, with more great designs from Paul Riss and Rachel Riorden of PRBY apparel!

We’ll be selling them directly through the ABA’s shop this time around, so we need to get an idea of how many shirts we need to stock.

If you are interested [read more…]

Introducing the 2017 Bird of the Year!

It’s the moment that surely dozens of you have been looking forward to for hours now, the announcement of the ABA’s 2017 Bird of the Year. The 2016 Bird of the Year, Chestnut-collared Longspur, was a departure from past choices, a bird that is a bit mysterious and requires a specific ecosystem in a [read more…]

Get Your 2016 Limited Edition ABA Bird of the Year T-Shirt NOW!

We’re excited to announce that, once again, we’re offering limited edition Bird of the Year T-shirts, this time featuring the 2016 BOY Chestnut-collared Longspur!

Designed by Toronto-based graphic artist and ABA board member Paul Riss, and his partner Rachel Riorden of PRBY Apparel these t-shirts are only available through pre-order. If you missed the window [read more…]

Townsend’s Lark-Bunting

In the early part of the 19th Century, the great wide west of North America was still a book whose pages were still unwritten to the builders of the young nation pressed up against the eastern seaboard. Dozens of expeditions were launched to fill in those empty spaces with information – reports of economic potential, [read more…]

2016 State of the Birds Calls for Continent-wide Commitment to Bird Conservation

The American Birding Association is proud to be a member of the North American Bird Conservation Initiative (NABCI) Committee, which today published The State of North America’s Birds 2016, a comprehensive report that, for the first time, assesses the conservation status of all bird species that occur in three nations, Canada, the continental United States [read more…]

Where are the Chestnut-collared Longspurs?

Early spring is arguably the best time of the year to see the ABA’s 2016 Bird of the Year, Chestnut-collared Longspur. This is particularly true if you enjoy the spectacle of hundreds of the birds gathered together, as is occasionally the case in March and April in eastern Colorado. The short-grass prairies in Colorado and [read more…]

Introducing the 2016 ABA Bird of the Year!

We’re excited, at last, to share this year’s ABA Bird of the Year and artist.

Thanks to artist David A. Sibley for creating this year’s cover art!

For more information on this new Bird of the Year, please see the BOY homepage. ABA Bird of the Year theme song thanks to The Hangabouts (featuring [read more…]