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A Dozen Things You Can Do to Celebrate Bill Thompson III

 

These are my friend Bill Thompson III’s shoes. Actually, this is just the tip of his footwear iceberg—he owned and wore a lot of shoes. I photographed these as they sat by his front door the day after I, along with members of his family, watched him fly free of his cancer-ravaged body. [read more…]

American Birding Expo Wrap-up

Last weekend the ABA Lounge was open for visitors at the American Birding Expo in Columbus Ohio. Hats off to Expo organizers Bill Thompson III and Wendy Clark, as well as the whole Birdwatcher’s Digest team, for a wonderful event. The expo featured tour companies and guides from virtually every part of the globe, optics [read more…]

Only Eleven More Months Until The Biggest Week 2017!

ABA Board Member Paul Riss birding with Liz Gordon during The Biggest Week

With June more than half over, it finally feels like Spring has fully transitioned into Summer. In some ways, that’s a relief. When you’re in any sort of birding-related industry, you look at most of April and all of May [read more…]

SNEAK PEEK! Birder’s Guide to Conservation & Community, 2015

I’ve just received word that the 2015 issue of Birder’s Guide to Conservation & Community is at the printers. American Birding Association members should find it in their mailboxes in the next couple weeks. But you don’t have to wait until then to see what’s inside. You can see the entirety of this issue of [read more…]

The Festival Phenomenon

Kilted birders take the stage at last week’s Rio Grande festival (note ABA prez Jeff Gordon, far right).

My flight home from Harlingen, Texas, last Monday—after a wonderful week at the Lower Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival—marked the end of an exhilarating and maybe unprecedented streak: This year, I participated in 15 separate [read more…]

Mountain Birding Festival Focuses on Conservation and Fun

With the imminent publication of the ABA’s new Birder’s Guide to Conservation & Community, the recent celebration of the work of our 2014 Chandler Robbins Award winner Andrew Kinslow in Springfield, Missouri,, and the promotion of ABA staffer Bill Stewart to the organization’s first Director of Conservation & Community, we at the ABA have conservation [read more…]

Save the date! ABA South Africa Safari October 7-17, 2014

The ABA is partnering with Rockjumper Worldwide Birding Adventures and BirdLife South Africa to host a safari with visits to both Cape Town and Kruger National Park. [read more…]

ABA Convention! Corpus Christi, Texas from April 22-26, 2014

I’ve been managing ABA Events for just over a year now and the one question I am asked perhaps more than any other is: “When are we going to have another convention?”

Now I can happily say NEXT YEAR, in 2014! The convention will be held April 22-26, in Corpus Christi, Texas! It’ll be the [read more…]

Albuquerque Rally Bits

I've had the honor and pleasure of leading at the recently concluded ABA Winter Birding Rally in Albuquerque this week, and thought I'd share a few personal photographic highlights.  It is really nice to see the growing lineup of upcoming ABA offerings, and even more tantalizing events were announced at the final evening's dinner so [read more…]

Young Birders Wanted! First-ever Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival Young Birder Track

From ABA Young Birder blog coordinator Jennie Duberstein, comes this announcement regarding the upcoming Lower Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival:

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Last November I had the opportunity to co-lead field trips at the Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival. Although I’d been to the area several times before, going as part of the festival [read more…]