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Not Quite the Last of the Carolina Parakeet

Carolina Parakeet, Mark Catesby

Sometimes it’s best not to tell people what you’ve seen.

Birders know how hard it can be to keep quiet when you’ve discovered something really exciting, but there are times when the stakes are genuinely high, as they were along Florida’s Sebastian River in the late winter and spring of [read more…]

Support the ABA-Leica Subadult Wheatears at Champions of the Flyway

Champions of the Flyway, held annually in southern Israel has quickly become one the world’s premiere bird races, with teams from around the world racing for 24 hours to come up with the biggest list along the migration highway that is the eastern Mediterranean. And more, the event doubles as a fundraiser for Birdlife International’s [read more…]

2017 Big Years: A Roundup

While the 2017 Big Year landscape lacked the wall-to-wall excitement of the year before, with no less than four birders breaking the previous record, many birders in the United States and Canada set notable milestones in both the ABA Area as a whole and their own states and provinces. And while the continental Big Year [read more…]

Open Mic: On Being a Hatch Year Birder

At the Mic: Jeff Kietzmann

I am not sure how I ended up on Cottonwood Pass, at the continental divide, 12,126 feet above sea level, in the dead of winter, before sunrise, searching for a white bird in a snowy white landscape and freezing my Florida feet off at 9 degrees Fahrenheit; but there I [read more…]

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…]

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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