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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!
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Blog Birding #235

We all know the recuperative power birding can have, even if it’s a small experience that can turn a bad day into a good one. At eBird, Kelley Nunn and Robin Huff share some wonderful stories about how their own interest in birding, and eBirding, has kept them going through difficult time.

The neurologist I [read more…]

Two Days Left to Get Your ABA 2015 Bird of the Year T-shirt!

The time to place your order for the 2015 Bird of the Year Limited Edition T-shirt featuring the Green Heron and designed by Paul Riss and Rachel Riorden of PRBY Apparel is coming to a close. In fact, you only have until TOMORROW July 19 to place an order! So don’t delay! Get one here!

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Rare Bird Alert: July 17, 2015

Sad news from Arizona, where the nesting attempt by the continuing Tufted Flycatchers (ABA Code 5) has failed. The birds still continue in the same area, even if they’re not quite as reliable now. Little Egrets (4) continue also in the northeast, with two birds still present into the last week, one in Maine and [read more…]

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 birders from across the United States and Canada, plus my incredible instructors and two stellar interns. [read more…]

The Palest Ink Is Better Than The Strongest Memory

If you’ve kept a life list for more than a couple of years and keep it updated, you’ve probably had the experience of “earning” a few lifers at home from the comfort of your favorite chair. This can happen when the American Ornithologists’ Union splits one species into two (or more) separate species. If you [read more…]

At the Top of Alaska

From June 29th to July 3rd, I was birding way up north in Barrow, Alaska. It was my third trip to Barrow. The other two trips were during my 2008 ABA big year when I was on a mission each time to see migrants and rarities. This time I went to Barrow after spring migration [read more…]

Blog Birding #234

That Peregrine Falcons are impressive predators is no surprise, but it’s always fun to see them doing what they do, as David Sibley experienced recently at a tern colony in New York.

While I was at Great Gull Island, New York, July 3-5, two different Peregrine Falcons were passing through the tern colony. I never [read more…]

UPDATE: Migratory Bird Treaty Act Safe For Now

First, a warm thank you to all the ABA members and friends who took the time to contact their representatives regarding the appropriations threat to the Migratory Bird Treaty Act that we detailed a few weeks ago. We have good news to report.

Sing loud and proud about the work of the birding community [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: July 10, 2015

July is unseasonably hot in much of the west and north of the continent, which massive fires raging across western Canada and Alaska this week. Much of the rest of the ABA Area saw impressive storm systems bringing rain and wind. It’s been an unusual, and unusually destructive, summer as far as weather is concerned. [read more…]

Cool Green Heron Pix

We at the ABA love the 2015 Bird of the Year so much, we’re giving it away for free! So to speak. For a limited time, read and enjoy John Kricher’s marvelous and informative essay, “A Biologist’s Love Affair with Butorides virescens” [free download, ABA password not required]. Kricher, who served for many years on [read more…]

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  • Steve Arena, in The ABA Needs Your NWR Birding Photos!... { Female Least Bittern wing flicking while hunting; https://www.flickr.com/photos/pokedaddy/19421400216/in/photostream/ Photographed 05 July 2015, GMNWR, Concord Impoundments, Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Male Least Bittern in flight https://www.flickr.com/photos/pokedaddy/18801591562/in/album-72157629831020551/... }
  • Amy K, in Rare Bird Alert: July 24, 2015... { Just one BBWD in Indiana, not a pair }
  • Nathan Hentze, in The How and Why of Urban Cooper's Hawks... { A different look at urban Cooper's Hawks, this time in Vancouver BC and focusing on toxicology, found what is being touted as the most polluted... }
  • Rick Wright, in The How and Why of Urban Cooper's Hawks... { I'll be interested to see how the results complement and compare with this 12-year study conducted in urban Tucson: http://ag.arizona.edu/~steidl/files/pdfs/Mannan%20et%20al.%202008%20Urban%20Ecosystems.pdf }
  • Lynn, in Considering Killdeers and Collared Doves... { Just now - a Rufous Hummingbird at my flowers on my Anchorage porch! A non-rare rarity, I guess. }
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  • 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. […]
  • What exactly is a field notebook? Part 3 of 5. July 28, 2015 3:44
    It’s all very well showing some of my notes from recent years (Part 2), when I’m an experienced birder, but what did my notes look like when I was a teenager? It’s pretty clear, however, that I wouldn’t have come close to winning any Young Birder of the Year field notebook competition! […]

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