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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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Announcing the 2017 ABA Young Birders of the Year!

After months of dedicated work from young people across North America, our esteemed panel of judges have evaluated and tabulated the results of the 2017 ABA Young Birder of the Year Contest. We are very excited to announce the winners of this year’s contest!

Your 2017 ABA Young Birder of the Year for the 14-18 [read more…]

ICYMI: Open Mic: Hoary Redpoll; A False Dichotomy?

Guest writer Andy Boyce of Missoula, Montana, asks the tough questions. When is a “hoary” redpoll a Hoary Redpoll? Is it ever? [read more…]

Blog Birding #309

The poor European Starling still feels like a stranger in North America despite being an established part of our avifauna for more than 100 years. Bill Thompson III of Bill of the Birds appreciates the tricksters, though.

You fooled me, trickster with your staticky singing from the pear tree in late morning a perfect call [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: February 24, 2017

It was another relatively slow February week in the ABA Area, despite the fact that the west coast and the upper Midwest have seen some dramatic weather. Much higher than average temperatures across the continent likely got more people outside, but sadly that did not result in more rare birds. The Black-backed Oriole continues in [read more…]

American Birding Podcast: Lang Elliott on Natural Soundscapes

The next episode of the American Birding Podcast is out!

I’m joined by master bird recordist Lang Elliott as he talks about his new project, a sound-recording expedition to the western US. Lang hopes to record in a wide variety of locations and habitats, and he’s documenting his journey on his website, Music of [read more…]

Missing your BOY Stickers? Let us Know!

The February issue of Birding magazine, featuring the Ruddy Turnstone painting by Sophie Webb on the cover, should be in the hands and mailboxes of most, if not all, ABA members by now. We have heard some reports that the Bird of the Year stickers didn’t make it into a few of the magazine. If [read more…]

2017 AOS Classification Committee Proposals, Part 2

Here is the second batch of taxonomic proposals, submitted in the last year to the American Ornithological Society’s North and Middle American Classification Committee. Part 1 is here. Proposals accepted by the AOC Committee are incorporated into the ABA’s Checklist.

We suggest the usual caveat, that it’s important to note that these are just proposals [read more…]

Blog Birding #308

The question of baiting owls seems to be a perennial one in the north. Christian Hagenlocher of The Birding Project has a complete roundup of the issue and potential solutions.

Many people have good intentions putting mice out for owls, thinking that they are starving, but that is seldom the case. Research shows that [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: February 17, 2017

Continuing rare birds in the ABA Area should all be familiar to those who read these posts regularly. The Pennsylvania Black-backed Oriole continues to be seen into this week. Rose-throated Becard (ABA Code 3) and Golden-crowned Warbler are still in Texas. The Yellow-legged Gull (4) in Newfoundland was seen again this week by many, as [read more…]

THE TOP 10: Craziest ABA Area Vagrants of 2016

The annual Top 10 Vagrants post has been one of our most popular, and most discussed, on The ABA Blog for some time. The time has come to look over 2016 and assemble the following list of notable and unexpected birds that got twitchers across the continent pricing plane tickets and rental cars. Literally this [read more…]

American Birding Podcast
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  • 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. […]
  • Open Mic: Birding opens up a new appreciation for the Sonoran Desert December 1, 2016 5:02
    In 2014 I was given the opportunity to go birding for the first time as part of a new All About Birds Program. Without previous experience, I decided to take the offer the staff at Ironwood Tree Experience gave me. […]
  • Birding Alaska and an Interview with Dr. Nils Warnock October 25, 2016 6:57
    Did you know the Bar-tailed Godwit has the longest non-stop, flapping flight migration of any bird in the world? Learn more from young birder Dessi Sieburth and Audubon Alaska's Dr. Nils Warnock. […]

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