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]
The last week in weather, at least in the east, was dominated winter storm “Jonas”, one of the strongest recorded winter weather systems to hit the Mid-Atlantic. The fallout from the storm likely kept quite a few birders close to home for a few days at the beginning of the week. As such, there reports [read more…]
Noah celebrates his 5,000th year bird with local birders in the Philippines on October 26, 2015.
A few weeks have passed since I got home after the biggest birding trip of all time, but it’s going to take a while yet for things to sink in. In 2015, I went birding every single day, [read more…]
It’s time, once again, for split and lump season, or at least the first part of the long prelude to changes to your lists. The first document containing the proposed taxonomic updates to the AOU North American Check-list, which in turn are incorporated into the ABA Checklist, is out, containing the first 11 proposals that [read more…]
When you walk out the door to go birding do you have specific expectations of what bird(s) you want to see and specific plans on how to see the bird(s) you are hoping to see? Or do you just go to a nice habitat, like a woodlot or a seashore or a marsh or the [read more…]
Noah Strycker’s global Big Year was remarkable for a lot of reasons, part of it being that he eBirded the whole thing.
eBird was a key player in my Big Year. I used it to plan ahead, to connect with other birders, and to keep track of and share sightings. Many of us are used [read more…]
As the eBird database continues to grow, and researchers continue to find new and fascinating uses for it, the birding public is increasingly the recipient of remarkable visualizations of that data. The latest manifestation of that data is nothing short of spectacular. It’s a mesmerizing visualization of the migration of 118 New World bird species [read more…]
While January 2016 has provided some exciting records of bird vagrancy, the story of the first part of the year has to be the incredible staying power of a number of very notable species in the ABA Area. In fact, as this week was relatively slow by new bird standards, the continuing birds certainly take [read more…]
By Nate Swick and George Armistead
For the last couple years the annual Top 10 Best Vagrants post has been one of our most popular on The ABA Blog. Well, we’re ready to bring it back for a third year and ignite the arguments for 2015’s crop of megas. We’ve looked back on the [read more…]
Henry David Thoreau was famously a better botanist than ornithologist, but he wasn’t too bad with his birds either. In spring, he would get warbler fever like the rest of us and travel to a place called Holden Swamp to look for them. It only takes a little stretch of the imagination to hear Henry [read more…]
If you didn’t see the Conservation Milestones in the May 2015 Birder’s Guide to Conservation & Community, take a moment to read them here. Dare you not to be inspired!
And now, we’re doing it again! If you know someone who has gone out of their way to help bird conservation, please tell us about [read more…]