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Introducing the 2017 Bird of the Year!

It's the moment that surely dozens of you have been looking forward to for hours now, the announcement… [read more]

Introducing the 2017 Bird of the Year! Introducing the 2017 Bird of the Year!

Photo Quiz: December 2016 Birding

The December 2016 Birding is winging its way to ABA members right now. While we wait for the mail to… [read more]

Photo Quiz: December 2016 Birding Photo Quiz: December 2016 Birding

The Kaufman Challenge, v. 0.5

What could be simpler? Learn the names of fifty plants and animals around your home. That’s all there… [read more]

The Kaufman Challenge, v. 0.5 The Kaufman Challenge, v. 0.5

It’s OK to Talk to Strangers – at Least if They Have Binoculars

I was desperate to find another birder, but generally speaking there are few to be found in the Black… [read more]

It’s OK to Talk to Strangers – at Least if They Have Binoculars It's OK to Talk to Strangers - at Least if They Have Binoculars

Open Mic – The Endangered Species Act and Birds: A Wild Success?

At the Mic: Jason A. Crotty The Endangered Species Act (ESA) is difficult to evaluate, as its success… [read more]

Open Mic – The Endangered Species Act and Birds:  A Wild Success? Open Mic - The Endangered Species Act and Birds:  A Wild Success?

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]

Announcing the 2016 ABA Awards Recipients! Announcing the 2016 ABA Awards Recipients!
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American Birding Podcast: Young Birders 2017

The next American Birding Podcast is out!

The ABA has a long history of supporting young birders through our Young Birder of the Year competitions and the young birder camps in Colorado and Delaware, programs that have had real positive impacts on the young people who participate in them. I got to talk with [read more…]

Birding Photo Quiz: June 2017

Well, it’s an “LBJ,” or “little brown job.”

In an article in the June 2017 Birding, winging its way to ABA members right now, Priscilla Lai and colleagues analyze this mystery bird—and others like it. Lai and coauthors provide facts and data in their article, but they also acknowledge that there’s still a fair [read more…]

The Best of Times

I’ve always enjoyed listening to birds. In my earliest days as a birder, I was intrigued by the assertion in Roger Tory Peterson’s Field Guide that “some birders do 90 percent of their field work by ear.” And it was this passage from Aldo Leopold’s Sand County Almanac that really captivated me:

“There [read more…]

Blog Birding #324

In this season of baby birds, it’s tempting to feel as though you need to do more for these seemingly helpless animals. Kaeli Swift at the Corvid Research Blog explains why this is not a good idea.

t’s totally normal for baby crows to be on the ground and flightless as long as they’re covered [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: June 9, 2017

Notable ABA rarities continuing into this week include breeding attempts in Arizona and long-staying vagrants in Alaska. In the former, the Slate-throated Redstart (ABA Code 4), Flame-colored Tanager (4), and Tufted Flycatcher (5), as well as the rediscovery of that state’s first record of Common Crane (4) originally found a few weeks ago. In Alaska, [read more…]

Help the ABA Support Young Birders Through the 2017 Nesting Season Appeal

We are asking that you join us in making an investment in the future of birding.

We need your help to continue and expand the excellent care and mentoring the American Birding Association provides to the next generation of birders through our ABA Young Birder Programs.

As birders, we see [read more…]

Hawk “Kettle” Finally makes the Dictionary

Birders have a unique vocabulary, cribbed together from science, literature, and a thesaurus thrown at a Crayola Crayon box. But for many of our favorite words, there’s been little in the way of official recognition.

Take “kettle” for instance. A birder knows that using the term doesn’t refer to vessel for making tea (unless you [read more…]

#ABArare – Tropical Mockingbird – Florida

A bird that will undoubtedly prompt some discussion with regard to provenance, an apparent Tropical Mockingbird was discovered at Lake Worth Municipal Beach in Palm Beach County, Florida. The bird was initially found on June 1 and only recently reported. This species is not currently on the ABA Checklist and its inclusion here should not [read more…]

Blog Birding #323

The annual Spring Blitz out of Hatteras, North Carolina, is one of the most exciting times of year for those who love seabirds. Peter Flood at Seabirding Blog writes up one of their recent, and very productive, trips.

At this point things were quite birdy with shearwaters, petrels and increasing numbers of storm-petrels attending Kate’s [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: June 2, 2017

It’s summertime, and for much of the ABA Area that means Breeding Bird Surveys and the brief slow-down before migrating shorebirds begin heading back south, sparking the official start of fall migrations. But it also means vagrants, there are still a few migrants up in the northern part of the continent and Alaska in particular [read more…]

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  • Open Mice: Kestrels–An Iowa Legacy May 16, 2017 6:29
    A few years ago, a short drive down my gravel road would yield at least one, if not two, American Kestrels perched on a power line or hovering mid-air above the grassy ditch. Today, I have begun to count myself lucky to drive past a mere one kestrel per week rather than the daily sightings. […]
  • It’s the Maine Young Birders Club! May 13, 2017 4:03
    York County Audubon is helping to launch the Maine Young Birders Club (MYBC)—the first of its kind in the state! […]
  • Announcing the 2017 ABA Young Birders of the Year! February 28, 2017 10:48
    The judges have reviewed all of the outstanding entries. ABA staff has compiled the scores. After much anticipation, we are thrilled to announce the winners of the 2017 ABA Young Birder of the Year Contest! Your 2017 ABA Young Birder of the Year in the 14-18 age group is 18-year-old Johanna Beam from Lyons, Colorado. […]

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