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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
At the Mic: Jason A. Crotty
The Endangered Species Act (ESA) is difficult to evaluate, as its success is tough to define. Should the criteria be avoiding extinction, avoiding further decline, increasing population by some specific amount, achieving a complete recovery, or something else? Moreover, a species is only listed when it is already in [read more…]
Summer birding is upon us, and monsoon season in the southwest shortly to come.Cassidy Gratton, writing at Bourbon, Bastards and Birds pens a fine tribute to this wonderful time of year.
Already, the seeds of cumulus clouds are above us. They will grow steadily throughout the day. The monsoon is a slow and relentless clock, [read more…]
I think very few birders would disagree that when we seek out to bird with others, it is to share in the joy of birds. Whether intended or not, along the way we build a sense of community. In order to appreciate that joy to its fullest, we shouldn’t have to worry about who we [read more…]
Arizona continues to be the rarity capital of the ABA, as continuing Pine Flycatcher (ABA 1st), Tufted Flycatcher (5), and Slate-throated Redstart (4) continue, with the latest of those three successfully fledging young this week. They are joined in that state by the return of the Berylline Hummingbird (4) and Plain-capped Starthroat (4) at Madera [read more…]
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…]
The 2016 issue of Birder’s Guide to Conservation & Community features an article written by Jason A. Crotty called “Birders Making a Difference in National Wildlife Refuges”. With the article, Jason explains how volunteers–including many birders–are essential to the everyday and continued functioning of the U.S.’s national wildlife refuge system.
Jason’s article is accessible online [read more…]
One of the most exciting parts of Birder’s Guide to Conservation & Community is “Conservation Milestones“, a place where birders like you can share their personal accomplishments in the realms of environmental education and conservation. Noah Strycker did a wonderful job working with the contributors to compile an engaging and inspiring compendium, but he needed [read more…]
The 2016 issue of Birder’s Guide to Conservation & Community features an article written by Bill Rapai called “Connecting Community with Conservation to Secure a Future for Kirtland’s Warbler”. With the article, Bill explains how the Kirtland’s Warbler Alliance is working with local communities–such as through its Jack Pine Planting Day–to increase [read more…]
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…]
Welcome to the second half of 2016, with midsummer behind us and the summer doldrums set in. Continuing ABA rarities continue to be familiar, with the Maine Little Egret (ABA Code 4), and the Arizona trio of Pine Flycatcher (potential ABA 1st), Tufted Flycatcher (5) and Slate-throated Redstart (4) remaining.
Western Alaska, and in particular, [read more…]