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Announcing the 2016 ABA Awards Recipients!

The ABA Board of Directors recently voted to make three presentations of ABA Awards in 2016. The awardees… [read more]

Announcing the 2016 ABA Awards Recipients! Announcing the 2016 ABA Awards Recipients!

2016 AOU Check-list Proposals, Part 1

It's time, once again, for split and lump season, or at least the first part of the long prelude to changes… [read more]

2016 AOU Check-list Proposals, Part 1 2016 AOU Check-list Proposals, Part 1

The TOP 10: Craziest ABA Vagrants of 2015

By Nate Swick and George Armistead For the last couple years the annual Top 10 Best Vagrants post… [read more]

The TOP 10: Craziest ABA Vagrants of 2015 The TOP 10: Craziest ABA Vagrants of 2015

Introducing the 2016 ABA Bird of the Year!

We're excited, at last, to share this year's ABA Bird of the Year and artist. Thanks to artist… [read more]

Introducing the 2016 ABA Bird of the Year! Introducing the 2016 ABA Bird of the Year!

Photo Quiz: December 2015 Birding

Hmm... Well, it's a decent photo, and the bird is well presented. This can't be all that hard, can it? It's… [read more]

Photo Quiz: December 2015 Birding Photo Quiz: December 2015 Birding

The ABA’s Spark Bird Project Puts Binoculars in the Hands of Kids

What could a kid discover if they had the tools we birders often take for granted? What could they find? Birds,… [read more]

The ABA’s Spark Bird Project Puts Binoculars in the Hands of Kids The ABA's Spark Bird Project Puts Binoculars in the Hands of Kids
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Expectations–Stop and Smell the Roses

When you walk out the door to go birding do you have specific expectations of what bird(s) you want to see and specific plans on how to see the bird(s) you are hoping to see? Or do you just go to a nice habitat, like a woodlot or a seashore or a marsh or the [read more…]

Blog Birding #260

Noah Strycker’s global Big Year was remarkable for a lot of reasons, part of it being that he eBirded the whole thing.

eBird was a key player in my Big Year. I used it to plan ahead, to connect with other birders, and to keep track of and share sightings. Many of us are used [read more…]

118 Species, Migrating all at Once

As the eBird database continues to grow, and researchers continue to find new and fascinating uses for it, the birding public is increasingly the recipient of remarkable visualizations of that data. The latest manifestation of that data is nothing short of spectacular. It’s a mesmerizing visualization of the migration of 118 New World bird species [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: January 22, 2016

While January 2016 has provided some exciting records of bird vagrancy, the story of the first part of the year has to be the incredible staying power of a number of very notable species in the ABA Area. In fact, as this week was relatively slow by new bird standards, the continuing birds certainly take [read more…]

The TOP 10: Craziest ABA Vagrants of 2015

By Nate Swick and George Armistead

For the last couple years the annual Top 10 Best Vagrants post has been one of our most popular on The ABA Blog. Well, we’re ready to bring it back for a third year and ignite the arguments for 2015’s crop of megas. We’ve looked back on the [read more…]

Would You Consider the Thoreauvian Approach to Bird Identification?

Henry David Thoreau was famously a better botanist than ornithologist, but he wasn’t too bad with his birds either. In spring, he would get warbler fever like the rest of us and travel to a place called Holden Swamp to look for them. It only takes a little stretch of the imagination to hear Henry [read more…]

Calling All Conservation Milestones!

If you didn’t see the Conservation Milestones in the May 2015 Birder’s Guide to Conservation & Community, take a moment to read them here. Dare you not to be inspired!

And now, we’re doing it again! If you know someone who has gone out of their way to help bird conservation, please tell us about [read more…]

Blog Birding #259

The best commentary I’ve seen yet, one that incorporates historical context and contemporary thinking, about the militant occupation at Malheur NWR is by Chris Clarke at ReWild. Do yourself a favor and check it out.

It’s been over a week since a group of armed far-right militiamen started to occupy the headquarters building at the [read more…]

ABA’s Big Year 2016 Membership Contest

We are really excited to announce the ABA’s Big Year 2016 Membership Contest!

Have you ever dreamed of doing an ABA Big Year? Well, we’ve put a new twist on it that we think you’ll like!

Here’s how it works. Recruit new ABA members throughout the year and you’ll be eligible to win some amazing [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: January 15, 2016

Perhaps the most remarkable thing about this first couple weeks of 2016 is the fact that so many of the rarities found in the last part of last year have hung around into January. Big Year birders looking to crack Neil Hayward’s record have a lot of ground right off the bat to make sure [read more…]

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