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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

Featured Photo: September/October 2014 Birding

  No preamble, no hints. What do you think this bird is? And, as always, why? Tom Johnson's… [read more]

Featured Photo: September/October 2014 Birding Featured Photo: September/October 2014 Birding

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!

2014 Camp Colorado

July 4, 2014: 10:00 am. I’ve just picked up my rental car at the airport in Denver and am driving by… [read more]

2014 Camp Colorado 2014 Camp Colorado

How to Record Birdsong—Part 1

  Two years ago in this space I wrote a three-part primer on the use of digital audio recorders for… [read more]

How to Record Birdsong—Part 1 How to Record Birdsong—Part 1
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    Project SNOWstorm Owls Returning for a Second Year

    Last winter’s Snowy Owl irruption was incredible for a number of obvious reasons involving big white owls hanging out seemingly everywhere, but for a number of researchers with Project SNOWStorm that irruption meant something more. Tagging several individual owls were with small-solar powered transmitters that pinged back to cellular towers meant that we were able [read more…]

      Rare Bird Alert: December 5, 2014

      We might be forgiven for thinking first records are the end all-be all of the rarity roundups here, and there’s no doubt about it, they’re undeniably cool. One of the reasons I like them is because I’m a sucker for narrative, even in bird records. I like a good story, and the slow and steady [read more…]

        SNEAK PEEK! Birder’s Guide to Gear, 2014

        I’ve just received word that the 2014 issue of Birder’s Guide to Gear is at the printers. American Birding Association members should find it in their mailboxes in the next couple weeks. But you don’t have to wait until then to see what’s inside. You can see the entirety of this issue of Birder’s Guide right now. [read more…]

          2015 AOU Check-list Proposals, Part 1

          Split and lump season is coming early this year, and the first document containing the proposed taxonomic updates to the AOU North American Check-list, which in turn are incorporated into the ABA Checklist, has been released, a full two month earlier than last year. This first batch contains 12 proposals that have been submitted in [read more…]

            Support the ABA this Holiday Season

            Today is Giving Tuesday, a movement created a few years ago to combat the overt commercialization of the holiday season. It’s a nice moment to step back and give back to the organizations that make a difference to you. Allow me to make a case as to why the American Birding Association is one of [read more…]

              Blog Birding #213

              Big news this week in the Big Year front as Dorian Anderson of Biking for Birds cracked 600 on his continent-spanning bicycle big year in the Lower Rio Grande Valley. His #600 was a common valley bird, but he had a real surprise not long after.

              A very small bird eventually materialized in a small, [read more…]

                A New Species in Sulawesi, 15 years in the making

                It’s remarkable, in this day and age, that researchers in far flung, bird-rich parts of the world are still putting names to new species at a pretty steady rate. It seems like every year a handful are formally described for the first time, generally from the tropics of South America and Asia, where there are [read more…]

                  Rare Bird Alert: November 29, 2014

                  It has arrived, the last weekend of Novembird, and with it a flurry of hot bird across the ABA Area including a potential first ABA record, and not the one we thought might have been found earlier in the week.

                  No this bird comes from Texas, which, despite boating a state list currently at 641, [read more…]

                    Holiday Ideas at the ABA shop and more!

                    It’s holiday gift-giving season and, of course, the ABA has a number of items that might be of interest to your birding friends and family this year. In particular, there are a few things to which we’d like to draw your attention.

                    First, the ABA’s Power of 7s membership drive ends on December 1. By [read more…]

                      #ABArare – Red-legged Honeycreeper – Texas

                      Of course these things happen on holidays. In writing this up on my phone from my family’s Thanksgiving event, so apologies up front for any typos or autocorrect errors.

                      This morning (11/27), a ranger at Estero Llano Grande State Park in Hidalgo, Texas, found a bird he identified as a strange female vireo. Upon [read more…]

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                      • 2014 Iowa/Illinois Young Birder Weekend December 15, 2014 9:37
                        By Carl Bendorf On June 14-15, 2014, Iowa Young Birders and Illinois Young Birders hosted a joint field trip weekend along the Mississippi River.  Twenty four young birders from Iowa, Illinois, and Wisconsin had a great time exploring a variety of habitats. One of the highlights was spending time with special guest, Rachael Butek, 2010 ABA Young […]
                      • Young Birder Blog Birding #35 December 5, 2014 7:22
                        November has truly been “Novembird” for much of the ABA area, with a smattering of great birds spread across the region. The grip of winter is finally beginning to take its hold. Lucky for us, there were several nice posts written by young birders over the past month. Many of us are gearing up for […]
                      • Nine Tips for Leading Bird Walks November 18, 2014 9:39
                        Recently, I have noticed an interesting phenomenon. More and more young birders have been leading bird walks. This is awesome and really helps enrich the young birder community, as well as the birding community as a whole. […]

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