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Highlights from 2015 Camp Colorado: A Photo-Video Essay

I got to spend July 6-12, 2015 in the field in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado with twenty-two young… [read more]

Highlights from 2015 Camp Colorado: A Photo-Video Essay Highlights from 2015 Camp Colorado: A Photo-Video Essay

ABA Checklist Committee Adds Rufous-necked Wood-Rail to ABA Checklist

The ABA Checklist Committee (hereafter, CLC) recently voted 8–0 to accept the Rufous-necked Wood-Rail… [read more]

ABA Checklist Committee Adds Rufous-necked Wood-Rail to ABA Checklist ABA Checklist Committee Adds Rufous-necked Wood-Rail to ABA Checklist

New Mexico’s Dale Zimmerman receives ABA Ludlow Griscom Award

Dale Zimmerman of Silver City, New Mexico, one of his state’s best known and admired biologists and… [read more]

New Mexico’s Dale Zimmerman receives ABA Ludlow Griscom Award New Mexico’s Dale Zimmerman receives ABA Ludlow Griscom Award

Photo Quiz, sort of: April 2015 Birding

First things first. The April 2015 Birding has gone to press, and members will be getting their copies… [read more]

Photo Quiz, sort of: April 2015 Birding Photo Quiz, sort of: April 2015 Birding

Announcing the American Birding Association 2015 Awards

The ABA Board of Directors recently voted to make five presentations of ABA Awards in 2015. The awardees… [read more]

Announcing the American Birding Association 2015 Awards Announcing the American Birding Association 2015 Awards

Announcing the 2015 ABA Bird of the Year! / ¡Presentando al ABA Ave del Año del 2015!

We bid a fond farewell to our friend the Rufous Hummingbird, and turn our eyes towards 2015's standard… [read more]

Announcing the 2015 ABA Bird of the Year! / ¡Presentando al ABA Ave del Año del 2015! Announcing the 2015 ABA Bird of the Year! / ¡Presentando al ABA Ave del Año del 2015!
Nikon Monarch 7

More than Color and Intrigue

A review by David Liebmann

The Thing With Feathers: The Surprising Lives of Birds and What They Reveal About Being Human, by Noah Strycker

Riverhead Books, 2014

288 pages, $16.00—softcover

ABA Sales / Buteo Books 14383P

Some books go so far beyond mere information as to force a reappraisal of what readers think they [read more…]

eBird and MLB: A Match Made at Wrigley

 

We’re into the second half of August, which means pennant fever. Well, not here in the Denver metro region (the cellar dweller Rockies are on pace for another 95-loss season), but in many other parts of the ABA Area. Late summer also means an uptick in sightings of herons, egrets, nighthawks…

I think you [read more…]

Photo Quiz: August 2015 Birding

This one would seem to qualify as an “LBJ”—a little brown job. But which species? There must be at least 100 in the ABA Area. Hint: Think about geographic variation. Tell us what you think this bird is, and where you think it was photographed.

As always, the most helpful answers are the ones that [read more…]

Blog Birding #239

Is the internet good or bad for the science and art of bird identification? It’s a question that’s been asked many times since the advent of the listserv. Steve Tucker of Bourbon, Bastards, and Birds tackles it again in the face of the social media tsunami.

One of the best and worst things about all [read more…]

Buy Optics from Eagle Optics, Get a Discounted ABA Membership!

Our good friends at Eagle Optics are once again offering a fantastic deal for those interested in purchasing a new pair of binoculars. With the purchase of one of a select list of binoculars at a variety of price points, you can get an ABA membership – usually $45 – for the low price of [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: August 14, 2015

We head into the middle of August with the listservs lighting up to report southbound shorebirds from coast to coast. Only a few of them are particularly unusual though, but now is certainly the time to be parsing those tide flats and reservoir arms for something really good. ABA Area notables continuing into the last [read more…]

Moving forward: increasing racial diversity in birding

The 2015 issue of Birder’s Guide to Conservation & Community features two articles about expanding the appeal of birding to a non-white audience. David Lindo addresses the importance of making nature accessible to a wide swath of the public in “Opening the Door”.

And Rue Mapp continues the conversation by stressing the importance of [read more…]

How to Text Out a Bird

First, there were weekly bird hotlines. . .

Wait. If we want to be historically complete, first there was grunting and pointing, then look-what-I-just-killed-do-you-want-a-bite (i.e., here’s the specimen if you need proof), then story-telling next to the fire, then cave painting, then winter counts on bison hides, then the printing [read more…]

History Mystery and Special Birding Spot- Anchorage’s Audubon Bench

Since I moved to Anchorage just over 11 months ago I have learned that one of the key spots to check for birds is the “Audubon bench”, which has been the site of many noteworthy bird sightings over the years. It took me a while to get to the bench because I first learned about [read more…]

Blog Birding #238

It’s shorebird season at last, and the web is full of tips for making the most of that often confusing family. City Birder Rob Jett offers a basic overview.

Shorebirds fly fast; several species can cruise at seventy miles per hour. They also tend to fly erratically and evasively, twisting and twirling against the sun, [read more…]

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  • Field Recording August 20, 2015 4:16
    Is field recording the next frontier of bird documentation? Young birder Aidan Place considers the question. […]
  • What exactly is a field notebook? Part 5 of 5. July 30, 2015 5:14
    Recognizing that there are no such things as right and wrong, here are some thoughts for what you might include in your field journal (and field notebook!). But remember, it’s your field journal so you can do what you want. […]
  • What exactly is a field notebook? Part 4 of 5. July 29, 2015 3:51
    Fact: Careful observations and sketches help you really learn birds. […]

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