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Bird Identification Facebook Style, and an Appeal for our Appeal

As many readers know, the ABA has a robust Facebook presences that includes several groups. One of those groups, What’s This Bird, has been a wonderful way for people of all skill levels and backgrounds to post photos of birds and to get those birds identified.

Greg Neise and I are among the small group [read more…]

ICYMI: Location, location, location… what’s in a name?

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 Jeff Bouton on a common name [read more…]

Changing the World: the ABA at the First Facebook Communities Summit

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg preaches the virtues of community, with the ABA Rare Bird Alert Facebook Group featured on the screen behind him

The experience, or at least the run up to it, was not unlike fishing. First, you feel a tap. Then maybe nothing for a while. Then you think you might have [read more…]

Join the Migratory Bird Twitter Chat!

Join the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Sonoran Joint Venture, ABA, and Black Swamp Bird Observatory for a Migratory Bird Twitter Chat on September 29, 2016! [read more…]

Into the Home Stretch: $2500 Matching Challenge for ABA’s Nesting Season Appeal Announced!

We’re in the homestretch for our 2016 Nesting Season Appeal, with just 10 days left to reach our goal of raising $25,000 to support the ABA’s Young Birder programs. We’ve had a very good response thus far, and are solidly past the halfway mark. For those of you who have donated already, THANK YOU!

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Malheur: Why It Matters and What Birders Can Do About It

A Yellow-headed Blackbird proclaims his territory at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge—birders should do the same. Photo ©Jeffrey A. Gordon

Malheur matters to birders. It would be difficult to overpraise Malheur National Wildlife Refuge as a birding hotspot or to overstate its value for the conservation for birds and other wildlife. It’s just that [read more…]

Birding Aboard “SeaBC” Has Sailors Reporting Unusual Birds

Word is getting out among sailors worldwide to help report back on the birds they see at sea—and they are spotting some unusual birds, from the Caribbean to the Indian Ocean to the Arctic’s Northwest Passage. The “SeaBC” is a citizen science project coordinated by long-distance birdwatching sailors from around the world.

Reports are contributed [read more…]

A New Gateway to Ornithology

A review by Laura Kammermeier, by the American Ornithologists’ Union and the Cooper Ornithological Society

Website—desktop and mobile access

Head to your PC and delete your old bookmarks for the American Ornithologists’ Union and the Cooper Ornithological Society. With a long history of cooperation behind them, these two organizations are now both housed under [read more…]

ABA Bird of the Year Shirts in the field!

The limited edition Rufous Hummingbird t-shirts, designed by PRBY’s Paul Riss and Rachel Riorden and printed by Fed by Threads, are on their way to mailboxes across the ABA Area this week. I got mine last evening, and a more comfortable and stylish t-shirt I don’t know that I’ve seen. Rufous Hummingbirds are on the [read more…]

ABA’s Regional Interest Discussion Groups

The birding scene in North America is primarily state/province based, reflected in the vibrant listserv culture that the birding community has created and nurtured. But stuck as we are in our ruts, we miss opportunities to share information across those lines.

To use my own home state as an example; birders from all over the [read more…]