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ACTION: Stand Up for the Migratory Bird Treaty Act

Our friend Ellen Paul returns, this time with practical advice on what birders can do in the face of an upcoming attempt to weaken the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

Why is legislation pending that would weaken the protection of migratory birds? A provision of the SECURE American Energy Act (H.R. 4239), now pending in [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: December 1, 2017

Into the the final month of the year, where the continuing ABA rarities are for the most part familiar. The Nazca Booby (ABA Code 4) was seen again this week in southern California, which has hosted all 6 species of North American Sulid in the last month. Tamaulipas Crows (4) continue to be seen in [read more…]

American Birding Podcast: Best Bird Books of 2017 with Donna Schulman

2017 was a good year for bird books, with a number of exciting titles seeing publication this year. As we reach the end of the year it’s a good time to look back at the ones we loved, and 10,000 Birds book reviewer Donna Schulman joins me to talk about our favorites. Donna and I [read more…]

Steiner Binocular Giveaway, Don’t Miss Out!

We’re very excited about this month’s binocular giveaway! In a strong show of support for the ABA membership, Steiner has graciously donated a premium Wildlife XP 8×44 binocular to be given away.

Join, renew, or gift an ABA membership by November 30, 2017, and you will automatically be entered into this drawing.

To learn [read more…]

#ABArare – Garganey – California

On Sunday, November 26, birders reported a dingy immature Garganey (ABA Code 4) at Waller Park, in Santa Maria, California, Santa Barbara County. The bird has apparently taken in with the resident feral duck flock, which has led to a lot of speculation as to the bird’s provenance. However, there are birders who feel that [read more…]

Blog Birding #346

It is a burden we all bear, and one Mia McPherson of On the Wing Photography is tackling head-on.

One of the things that make my feathers ruffle though is when I see people post a bird photo and call it a “seagull” because there is no such thing as a seagull. If you plan [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: November 25, 2017

The presence of a mid-week holiday didn’t seem to slow down the rare bird world this week, even despite the lack of first records. The new ABA Checklist includes an overhaul of ABA rarity codes, so you may see some new numbers this week. Bear with me as we all adjust to this new normal. [read more…]

Happy Thanksgiving from the ABA!

Happy Thanksgiving from the American Birding Association. We hope that American members and friends enjoy their holiday, and that our friends in Canada and elsewhere enjoy their regular Thursday.

The ABA offices are closed for the weekend and The ABA Blog will be taking a short hiatus Thursday and Friday. The regularly scheduled Rare Bird [read more…]

ABA Releases Much Anticipated Checklist Update

This year’s much anticipated release of the American Birding Association Checklist is here!

In version 8.0 there are 105 species added due last year’s inclusion of Hawaii in the ABA Area–33 of which are ABA rarity code 6. Also added are 4 vagrants accepted by the Checklist Committee: Common Shelduck, Amethyst-throated Hummingbird, Pine Flycatcher, and [read more…]

Blog Birding #345

At 10,000 Birds, Jason Crotty returns making the case to include US territories in the ABA Area.

Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory in the West Indies where it is the easternmost and smallest of the Greater Antilles. Puerto Rico became a territory in 1898 and a commonwealth in 1952. It is now an unincorporated [read more…]

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