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ICYMI: We Love The Jerk?

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 ABA President Jeff Gordon about how [read more…]

ICYMI: Bird Records Committees: A Modest Proposal

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 Ted Floyd in this season of [read more…]

ICYMI: Indeterminacy

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 that has the honor [read more…]

How should we pronounce Trindade?

In the 2015 version of the annual Check-list Redux article in Birder’s Guide to Listing and Taxonomy, one of the changes I listed was a split of Herald Petrel. The species found in the northern Atlantic Ocean (and, thus, in the Gulf Stream) is now called Trindade Petrel. Trindade isn’t a word most of us [read more…]

The Kaufman Challenge: Redux

Kenn Kaufman was asked in a Birding interview, “If you could have one wish to improve our world, what would it be?”

His answer: “My wish is that every person might learn to recognize fifty species of plants and animals native to his or her own region. That may not sound like much, but I’m [read more…]

How the Harlequin Duck Lost His Life

The title of this post is meant to mark it as the less cheery companion to the May 2012 Birding magazine article, “How the Harlequin Duck Got His Spots.” That article, if you haven’t yet read it, is a really wonderful piece of birder ornithology, the work of passionate amateurs that measurably advances our understanding [read more…]

Birding with Children

Giving parenting advice, I realize, can be a great way to make enemies. Just ask any mother-in-law. Better yet, just ask the recipient of any such advice: Ask any daughter-in-law. For sure, the dispensers of parenting advice—from Amy Shua to Focus on the Family to mothers-in-law everywhere—are generally hated.

Same thing, I have found, with [read more…]

iEtiquette

 

You’re not going to believe this, but I’m going to be exceedingly brief in this blog post. Here’s the deal: I’d like you to click on this link to a .PDF of Diana Doyle’s commentary in the current (March 2012) issue of Birding magazine. Or, if you’d prefer, do it the old-fashioned way: Just [read more…]

Gujarat, Take 2

In late November of 2010, I traveled to the Indian state of Gujarat for an event billed as the Global Bird Watchers’ Conference (GBWC). I had a great time at the GBWC, and I said as much in a post to The ABA Blog. Hundreds of folks attended the 2010 GBWC, and I counted it [read more…]

eBird Changed My Life

eBird project leader Brian L. Sullivan likes to say that eBird has changed the way he birds. He said so in his essay “eBird and the Evolution of a Birder,” appearing in the January/February 2008 issue of Birding, and he said it again in “A Birding Interview—with Brian L. Sullivan,” which appears in the September/October [read more…]

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  • David Rankin, in ICYMI: Sympathy for the Twitcher... { Ted, I'm a fanatical lister and a sometimes twitcher, and I'll echo Greg's sentiment, because I enjoy it. However, I've sometimes found myself in situations... }
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  • Ted Floyd, in ICYMI: Sympathy for the Twitcher... { Hey, folks. Just a random thought. It is possible to be a fanatical lister while also being averse to chasing. I'm just saying. }
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