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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!

Photo Quiz, November/December 2014 Birding

  Update (Jan. 21, 2015): Tom Johnson's full analysis of this photo is available to ABA members.… [read more]

Photo Quiz, November/December 2014 Birding Photo Quiz, November/December 2014 Birding

Introducing the ABA State Guides

  In one of the ABA’s most ambitious undertakings ever, the association has partnered with… [read more]

Introducing the ABA State Guides Introducing the ABA State Guides

ABA Checklist Committee Adds Egyptian Goose to ABA Checklist

Yesterday, the ABA Checklist Committee (CLC) unanimously (8–0) accepted the Egyptian Goose (Alopochen… [read more]

ABA Checklist Committee Adds Egyptian Goose to ABA Checklist ABA Checklist Committee Adds Egyptian Goose to ABA Checklist

2014 AOU Check-list Supplement is Out!

Every summer, birders anxiously await publication of the “Check-list Supplement” by the American… [read more]

2014 AOU Check-list Supplement is Out! 2014 AOU Check-list Supplement is Out!

    Birding in the News: Gull-frolic Edition

    It’s not often that birding is taken seriously in the regular media, and we all know about the epidemic of “birders flock” and “for the birds” headlines in newspapers throughout the english-speaking world. It seems that puns are like catnip to the newspaper crowd, who seem wholly unaware of their pervasiveness.

    So a nice, birding-positive, [read more…]

      2015 AOU Check-list Proposals, Part 2

      Here it is, the second document containing the proposed taxonomic updates to the AOU North American Check-list, which in turn are incorporated into the ABA Checklist. This batch contains 13 proposals that have been submitted in 2014, not all of which involve ABA-Area birds as the AOU’s North American jurisdiction includes Mexico and Central America [read more…]

        Quality Time with Hoary Redpolls

        This past Sunday, I had a very pleasant experience … two experiences at once, actually. One was spending the morning in my local turf with a posse of great birders, including Birding magazine editor Ted Floyd.

        Left-to-right: my big mug, Shawn Chandler, Danny Akers, Amar Ayyash, Andy Sigler, Ted Floyd, Joel Greenberg. At William W. [read more…]

          Blog Birding #222

          The great burden of birders is to constantly have to fight the common usage of “seagull” by our non birding friends and family. But few gulls deserve that kind of disrespect, and Carrie Laben, at 10,000 Birds, seeks to find the most interesting gull in the world.

          My first instinct was that the rarest gull [read more…]

            ABA Online Resources Expand! Groups and Calendar

            We’re constantly adding new options to make it easier for members and friends to be a part of the ABA community. Here are two we’d like to share.

            Responding to overwhelming demand, the American Birding Association has created two new Facebook groups: “What’s This Bird?” and “ABA Birds & Birding”.

            “What’s This Bird?” is very [read more…]

              Rare Bird Alert: February 13, 2015

              It’s incredible enough when a major rarity shows up anywhere, like the still present Gray-crowned Yellowthroat making waves in the Lower Valley of Texas right now. It’s even more incredible when a second, equally rare bird, shows up just meters away. We have a term for it, “Patagonia Picnic-Table Effect”, in which one good bird [read more…]

                Bird with us! ABA Events Calendar 2015

                We’ve got a full calendar of upcoming events for ABA members for 2015 and beyond. If you’re interested in joining ABA staff and experienced local guides at sites across the ABA Area (and beyond!) for what will undoubtedly be a fantastic time, please see our events website.

                Highlights include:

                ABA Cruise to the Dry Tortugas [read more…]

                  Why we need the Dip

                  Yesterday I spent a good portion of my day, between dropping my son off at school and picking him up again at the end of the day, in the low mountains of northwest North Carolina looking for a Rough-legged Hawk. It’s not a life bird – I’ve had the good fortune to see the species [read more…]

                    Anchorage Big Year 2014

                    Note from Lynn Barber: Today’s blog post is written by Aaron Bowman, an Anchorage birder, who has done two Anchorage big years. This post is a summary of the talk he presented to Anchorage Audubon in January 2015. Aaron Bowman began birdwatching as a child growing up in Northern Japan. There he spent his weekends [read more…]

                      Blog Birding #221

                      For those that followed the Snowy Owl irruption and Project SNOWstorm last winter, note that the campaign continues this winter. There are certainly fewer Snowy Owls this winter, but as Scott Weidensaul shares, the information they’re receiving about them is even more amazing the second time around.

                      Braddock spent last winter on and around Lake [read more…]

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