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Birding Photo Quiz: December 2018

“BVD,” we birders like to say, when confronted with views such as these. No, we’re not talking about the brand of men’s underwear. “BVD,” to the birder, stands for “better view desired.”

Is that an aesthetic judgment? We’d rather see a bird’s face than butt? Let’s not go there. Or is it a pragmatic assessment?—an [read more…]

SNEAK PEEK! Birder’s Guide to Gear, 2018

The 2018 issue of Birder’s Guide to Gear is now being mailed. If you’re an ABA member, you should find it in your mailbox in the next couple weeks. But you don’t have to wait until then to see what’s inside. And neither do non-members. You can see the entirety of this issue of [read more…]

The Cattle Egret Chronicles

In March of this year, I was blessed to have the opportunity to travel to and write about the birding in Beaumont, Texas, a magnificent meeting point of avifauna from the north, south, east, and west of the ABA Area. Within moments of arriving in one of Beaumont’s premier birding hotspots, Cattail Marsh, I had [read more…]

Birding Photo Quiz: August 2018

Wait. What? The August Photo Quiz? But haven’t we already done October? Correct, we’ve already done October. Long story short: We simply forgot to post the August Photo Quiz. Sorry about that! And without further ado . . .

This bird is rather obviously an adult male Northern Harrier. That white rump, a field mark [read more…]

Birder’s Guide to Conservation & Community, 2018

The 2018 issue of Birder’s Guide to Conservation & Community has hit mailboxes.

One of those mailboxes belongs to Joe Scott of Chatham, New Hampshire. Here’s what Joe has to say about this year’s issue:

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This magazine was a treat to read.

I belong to many conservation organizations and believe fully in [read more…]

Birder’s Guide to Travel Online NOW!

The 2018 issue of Birder’s Guide to Travel should be in the hands of ABA members by now, but if not you can see the entirety of this issue of Birder’s Guide right now. Simply click here. (Birder’s Guide is just one of the free resources that the ABA provides to the birding public.)

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2018 AOS Supplement is Out!

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

Birding Photo Quiz: June 2018

We love rarities. Vagrants. Hybrids. Mutations. Critically endangered birds. Even odd behaviors. If it’s rare, we love to find and enjoy it.

This March, I saw an electric blue Cattle Egret at Cattail Marsh, a famous local hotspot, in Beaumont, Texas. First discovered in December, no one was exactly sure what to make of this [read more…]

Birding Magazine Online: How High School Ornithology Can Save the World

Jeff Manker is a man with a mission. He believes that teaching ornithology to high school students is the best way to bring more birders into the fold and to instill a conservation and naturalist ethic in the next generation. And he has the track record to back that up.

In an essay in the [read more…]

The Ultimate eBird Stationary Count

What species? And how many? For some of these, it’s fine–indeed it’s a good idea–to enter “spuhs” and “slashes,” e.g., Short-billed/Long-billed Dowitcher and peep sp. The location is Snake Bight Trail, Everglades National Park, Monroe County, Florida, and date is New Years Day. This is an eBird stationary count, and you have as much time [read more…]

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