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The ABA adds Hawaii – Now What?

At the ABA’s annual membership meeting at the organization headquarters in Delaware City, Delaware, last week, the ABA membership officially voted to include Hawaii in the ABA Area by a significant margin. About 80% of the ballots received were in support of this change, and we’d like to thank all members who cared enough to [read more…]

To Be a Species or Not To Be a Species?

This year’s issue of Birder’s Guide to Listing & Taxonomy features an article by Alan Knue called “To Be a Species or Not to Be a Species?” Within, Alan explains how scientists decide whether a bird population, such as the “Haida Gwaii” Saw-whet Owl, is a species or “just” a subspecies. At the end of [read more…]

It’s a Family Affair

Sam Woods and Keith Barnes know a thing or two about traveling to the far reaches of the earth in search of obscure bird species such as Przewalski’s Pinktail, Ground-roller, and Hypocolius. And they put that knowledge to use every day as directors and guides for the international bird tour company, Tropical Birding.

In this [read more…]

SNEAK PEEK! Birder’s Guide to Listing & Taxonomy, 2016

The 2016 issue of Birder’s Guide to Listing & Taxonomy is at the printers. American Birding Association members should find Jen Brumfield‘s lovely cover illustration in their mailboxes over 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…]

ICYMI: THE Top 10: Reasons to make Hawaii part of the ABA Area

Editor’s Note: The discussion regarding the addition of Hawaii to the ABA Area is ongoing, and we encourage ABA members to make their views known by filling out a proxy ballot answering this question. We hope you have also seen the August 2016 issue of Birding magazine. To continue that conversation, here’s a piece from [read more…]

Your Voice, Your Vote: Will We Add Hawaii to the ABA Area?

Will it be, “Yea, yea,” or “Nene?” It’s time to vote on adding Hawaii to the ABA Area. Nenes (Hawaiian Geese), Hawaii’s State Bird, by USFWS.

ABA members, it’s time for your voices to be heard and your votes to be counted.

If you are a current member, you will soon receive a proxy [read more…]

ICYMI: The big Big Year debate: What’s the number to beat, anyway?

The ABA Blog has been in existence for almost 6 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 Ted Floyd and Greg Neise that [read more…]

2016 AOU Supplement is Out!

Every summer, birders anxiously await publication of the “Check-list Supplement” by the American Ornithologists’ Union’s Committee on Classification and Nomenclature of North and Middle American Birds (NACC). The supplement details revisions to the NACC’s Check-list. Below is a brief rundown of those changes. (You can read the Supplement here, and you can read the committee [read more…]

ABA Checklist Committee adds Red-legged Honeycreeper to the ABA Checklist

Members of the ABA Checklist Committee (CLC) recently added Red-legged Honeycreeper to the ABA Checklist based on a juvenile photographed at Estero Llano Grande State Park, Texas, 27–29 November 2014. Seven members voted that the honeycreeper presumably represented a presumed natural vagrant from Mexico, while the dissenting member was concerned that the bird may have [read more…]

Happy 85th Birthday, Phoebe Snetsinger! Love, Google.

In 1981, following a cancer diagnosis, Phoebe Snetsinger started a journey that would see her travel the globe in search of birds, tallying a life list of more than 8,300 species (depending on which taxonomy one follows) before tragically dying in 1999 in a car accident in Madagascar. Her last life bird, Red-shouldered Vanga, had [read more…]

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