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New eBird data entry tools nearly here: we need your help!

Data entry is the engine that drives eBird. Without birders entering their data every day, eBird would cease to exist. The first thing birders want to do when getting back from the field is to get their observations into the database and onto their various bird lists. Because of this, we consider any change to [read more…]

ABA Blog in review: March 2011

Thanks to everyone who visits the ABA blog!  March was our best month over in the way of visitors and commentors and it's because of you all that this site can be an effective means by which the ABA can get its message out, a community for North America's scattered birders, and a voice for [read more…]

Birding WebExtras – March 2011

The March 2011 issue of Birding is already in the hands or mailboxes of ABA members, but don't forget the WebExtras available on the ABA website.

You can find more information about the cover by Louise Zemaitis, additional thoughts on the re-evaluation of warbler taxonomy from Paul Hess and comments on the hard shorebird [read more…]

Help Keep Ash Canyon, Arizona, Open to Birders! (Video #4)

I had planned a video this week talking about upcoming ABA events, but that will have to wait, as something very important and time-sensitive has come up. Birder access to Ash Canyon, Arizona, is in jeopardy and I strongly urge all of you to join me in speaking out to make sure that this wonderful [read more…]

A Newborn In Belize

“I’m not LIKE that!” insists the Rufous-breasted Spinetail from its hiding place in the tangles of Crooked Tree. (Click the link to select one to hear on Xeno-Cano.) “I’m not LIKE that! I’m not LIKE that!”

A different bird lands directly above me, under the canopy, in the thick stuff, and I’m the [read more…]

Hummingbirds moving north, graphically

Birders in the eastern part of the continent are eagerly awaiting the arrival of the fascinating and charismatic Ruby-throated Hummingbirds that spend the warm months in our backyards and gardens. For many, the sound of buzzing wings and bubbly chirps is as much a true sign of spring as any warbler or swallow.

The operators [read more…]

Blog Birding #23

Mike at 10,000 Birds tracks down the etymology of birding's more bizarre examples of jargon in The Truth About Jizz:

The concept that bird watchers can accurately identify birds by their general aspect and behavior rather than by any specific field marks has not only long been accepted, but is actually gaining greater popularity every [read more…]

A Bird of Hope; a Mystery Solved

The Bermuda Petrel is a bird of almost tragic fate, reduced to near extinction. It is a bird of hope, whose population is recovering thanks largely to the almost superhuman efforts of a man named David Wingate and of his successors in intensive recovery efforts. It is the Holy Grail of many a birder on [read more…]

Tracking Migration from the International Space Station

via A DC Birding Blog:

Mark Wikelski, director of the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology in Germany, has been tracking birds using small radio transmitters since the late 1990s and  pioneered the use of those transmitters on small animals as a means to determine migration patterns and biological data.  But until now, Wikelski and anyone [read more…]

Sibley’s field identifiable subspecies

David Sibley’s ground-breaking Guide to Birds, 11 years old this year and still the standard by which North American field guides are judged, was notable for his treatment of identifiable subspecies as regional forms rather than the seemingly more exact latin named subspecies. This was done largely to discourage birders from jumping the gun and [read more…]