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The ABA Blog’s Most Popular Posts of 2017

Before we rush headlong into 2018 I want to make a small acknowledgement of the year that was, one that saw a lot of changes at the ABA, from the official inclusion of Hawaii to the official announcement of new big year records to a heckuva lot of rare birds. Thanks to readers, commenters, guest [read more…]

Buy a Calendar to Help Support ABA Young Birders

Need a last minute holiday gift? Our friend Christopher Collins at Rogue Birders has created a great 2018 bird wall calendar, the proceeds of which go to benefit the ABA’s Young Birder programs and the Lake Erie Nature & Science Center.

Thanks to Christopher and the rest of the Rogue Birders for this opportunity. [read more…]

ACTION: Stand Up for the Migratory Bird Treaty Act

Our friend Ellen Paul returns, this time with practical advice on what birders can do in the face of an upcoming attempt to weaken the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

Why is legislation pending that would weaken the protection of migratory birds? A provision of the SECURE American Energy Act (H.R. 4239), now pending in [read more…]

Birding with a Tricorder

 

Here’s a photo from a bird walk this past Sunday afternoon:

It’s pretty obvious what’s going on here. Four birders are pointing their smartphone cameras at a flowering rabbitbrush, a plant favored by painted lady butterflies. Painted ladies, you may have heard, are staging a remarkable population outbreak all across North America. If [read more…]

Painted Ladies! (Or, The Phenomenon of Phenomena)

 

The butterfly lay on the parking lot pavement, its red–orange hues aglow in the rising sun. It was beautiful but not worth salvaging, I judged, and I hastened to my appointment. An hour later, the creature was still there, still lovely, still glistening like a jewel. Ordinarily, it would have been stepped on and [read more…]

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…]

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