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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…]

How to Know the Birds: No. 1, On Hearing the First Cardinal in Spring

 

Several days ago I went birding with the express purpose of procuring audio of a Northern Cardinal. My objective was to obtain an ordinary recording of a normal cardinal. Exhibit A, this guy, an adult male of the species:

In the cut above, our cardinal sings two cheer! notes, then nine birdy! notes, [read more…]

Birder’s Guide to Travel, 2019

The 2019 issue of Birder’s Guide to Travel is just now beginning to arrive in members’ mailboxes. But you don’t have to wait until then to see what’s inside. And you don’t have to be an ABA member. You can see the entirety of this issue of Birder’s Guide right now. Simply click here. (Birder’s [read more…]

Wild Anecdotes and Curious Asides

A review by Lori Potter

Birdmania: A Remarkable Passion for Birds, by Bernd Brunner, translated by Jane Billinghurst

Greystone Books, 2017

292 pages, hardcover

ABA Sales / Buteo Books 14791

The book jacket of Birdmania advises that its contents are “quirky.” Soon enough, we learn that this disclosure is not misleading. The book’s quirkiness [read more…]

SNEAK PEEK! Birder’s Guide to Gear, 2018

The 2018 issue of Birder’s Guide to Gear is now being mailed. If you’re an ABA member, you should find it in your mailbox in the next couple weeks. But you don’t have to wait until then to see what’s inside. And neither do non-members. You can see the entirety of this issue of [read more…]

The Cattle Egret Chronicles

In March of this year, I was blessed to have the opportunity to travel to and write about the birding in Beaumont, Texas, a magnificent meeting point of avifauna from the north, south, east, and west of the ABA Area. Within moments of arriving in one of Beaumont’s premier birding hotspots, Cattail Marsh, I had [read more…]

A New Resource for an Old Mecca

A review by Marcia OBara

Birding Southeast Arizona App, by Tucson Audubon Society and the Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory

For Apple iOS and Android Devices

Available for purchase and download at TucsonAudubon.org

I live in Southeast Arizona, and I love birding here. For years our go-to guide and constant companion has been Tucson Audubon’s spiral-bound [read more…]

Making Friends and Breaking Ground

A review by Laura Kammermeier

One More Warbler: A Life with Birds, by Victor Emanuel with S. Kirk Walsh

University of Texas Press, 2017

273 pages—hardcover

ABA Sales / Buteo Books 14740

The first time Victor Emanuel flew over unbroken tropical forest was in 1969, when he and John Rowlett took a flight [read more…]

That Fateful Footnote 

A review by David Liebmann

Birding Without Borders: An Obsession, a Quest, and the Biggest Year in the World, by Noah Strycker

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017

326 pages—hardcover

ABA Sales / Buteo Books 14766

Noah Strycker sets four ambitious goals in his latest book: to immerse his readers in different landscapes around the globe, to [read more…]

The Ultimate eBird Stationary Count

What species? And how many? For some of these, it’s fine–indeed it’s a good idea–to enter “spuhs” and “slashes,” e.g., Short-billed/Long-billed Dowitcher and peep sp. The location is Snake Bight Trail, Everglades National Park, Monroe County, Florida, and date is New Years Day. This is an eBird stationary count, and you have as much time [read more…]

American Birding Podcast
Birders know well that the healthiest, most dynamic choruses contain many different voices. The birding community encompasses a wide variety of interests, talents, and convictions. All are welcome.
If you like birding, we want to hear from you.
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