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On Being a Birder

It was a totally workaday morning for me. Breakfast had been a microwaved burrito. I’d gotten the kids off to school, and I was at my desk now, gazing at the laptop. Out the window, I could hear the sounds of suburbia: a delivery truck rumbling by, snippets of human conversation, and power tools going [read more…]

Share Your Birds-and-Eclipse Stories

“Oh. Oh! Wow! Part of the sun is missing! It’s not there! This is for real. Stop the car!”

Left to right: Andrew Floyd, Hannah Floyd, and Jack Solomon ponder an eclipse of the sun. Platte County, Wyoming, USA, Aug. 21, 2017.

We’re in Platte County, Wyoming, population 9,000. This is the sort of [read more…]

ICYMI: On Stringing…

The ABA Blog has been in existence for almost 7 years, and there’s a lot of good content back in the archives that deserves an audience now that it might not have received way back when. So, semi-regularly we will bring some of that stuff back. Here’s one by George Armistead form May 2014, on [read more…]

#MySantaAna: What Birders Can Do RIGHT NOW

Following our concerns about the construction of a wall on Santa Ana NWR, we asked our friend Ellen Paul, who has a great deal of experience in these matters, for practical advice on what birders can do in this situation.

By Ellen Paul

It’s a very long shot but we must take it. Call [read more…]

Protect #MySantaAna From a Proposed Border Wall

Photo: j.p.c.raleigh via flickr

We at the ABA, along with many in the birding community, have been made aware thanks to an article in the Texas Observer, of a plan to construct part of a proposed border wall through Santa Ana NWR in the Lower Rio Grande Valley. This wall would be about three [read more…]

Changing the World: the ABA at the First Facebook Communities Summit

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg preaches the virtues of community, with the ABA Rare Bird Alert Facebook Group featured on the screen behind him

The experience, or at least the run up to it, was not unlike fishing. First, you feel a tap. Then maybe nothing for a while. Then you think you might have hooked [read more…]

The Best of Times

I’ve always enjoyed listening to birds. In my earliest days as a birder, I was intrigued by the assertion in Roger Tory Peterson’s Field Guide that “some birders do 90 percent of their field work by ear.” And it was this passage from Aldo Leopold’s Sand County Almanac that really captivated me:

“There [read more…]

SNEAK PEEK! Birder’s Guide to Conservation & Community, 2017

The 2017 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 Birder’s Guide right now. Simply [read more…]

Limericks, Landscapes, and Lorikeets—by Lear

A review by Rick Wright

The Natural History of Edward Lear, by Robert McCracken Peck

David R. Godine, 2016

224 pages, $40—hardcover

It took me years to figure out that there was only one Edward Lear, that the brush responsible for some of the finest natural history illustration of the nineteenth century was wielded by [read more…]

Listening Deep to America’s Birds

A review by Ernie Jardine

Listening to a Continent Sing: Birdsong by Bicycle from the Atlantic to the Pacific

by Donald Kroodsma

Princeton University Press, 2016

336 pages, $29.95–hardcover

ABA Sales–Buteo Books #14636

Anyone for a bike ride? How about a 4,200-mile bike ride across the continent? Count me out—I can feel that bicycle seat [read more…]

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