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Happening NOW: Wandering Wood Storks and Spoonbills

For many birders, our first encounter with a Roseate Spoonbill or a Wood Stork occurs during a visit to a hazy, mosquito-filled, wetland on the Gulf Coast. This year however, some of us have been lucky enough to find these charismatic waders far to their north of their typical haunts. It isn’t terribly unusual for [read more…]

Bird Like a Neotropical Pro

In last year’s Birder’s Guide to Gear, Kathi Borgmann offered some great advice on what to pack on a birding trip to Neotropics in “Gearing Up for a Neotropical Adventure“. In her follow-up article appearing in the 2016 issue of Birder’s Guide to Travel–“Bird Like a Neotropical Pro“–she outlines how to prepare for the trip [read more…]

10 Tech Essentials

Birding gear expert Diana Doyle shares what are currently her top 10 “tech essentials” in the recent issue of Birder’s Guide to Gear. Just click here to access the interview. (Free access to online issues of Birder’s Guide is one of the many services the ABA provides to the birding public.)

Do you have a [read more…]

Proof that eBird Makes You a Better Birder

There’s no getting around it, eBird’s mark on modern birding is huge. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s well-regarded super citizen science project has been the most influential innovation in the birding world since the advent of the spotting scope, all in less than a decade.

Those of us who tend towards eBird evangelism often tout [read more…]

The Big Night

 

I like Big Days. I’ve been doing them for as long as I’ve been birding. And that’s a bit of a problem—because I’ve been birding for 35 years. You see, I’m the sort of person who likes to mix things up. I don’t like doing the same thing, year after year after year.

But [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…]

The Field Notes Dilemma: Apps or Paper?

Are birding apps increasing convenience while decreasing the capture of important natural history details? [read more…]

The State of the Birds 2013: Report on Private Lands in the U.S.

Yesterday afternoon the 2013 U.S. State of the Birds Report was released, the nation’s first review of bird distribution and conservation opportunities on private lands. [read more…]

Long Live the Evening Grosbeak!

This month concludes the very impressive reign of the Evening Grosbeak as the 2012 ABA Bird of the Year. Could we have chosen a better year to highlight this amazing bird?! We are getting reports from folks seeing Evening Grosbeaks in places they've not been seen in thirty years. One might imagine that Jeffrey [read more…]

BirdsEye BirdLog- have it yet?

< Side Note:  I'm still working on some stuff to refine recording bird vocalizations on my iPhone and will update that in my next ABA Blog installment.>

After a quiet "soft launch" period, BirdsEye recently announced a new app for iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPodTouch) & Android that lets users input checklists to eBird directly from their [read more…]

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