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2016 Nesting Season Appeal

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Dear ABA members, supporters and friends:

nesting_appealWhen Greg Miller of Wildside Nature Tours set out to do a new kind of ABA Big Year in 2016, one where he chose to focus as much on sharing the excitement of birding with others as on building the largest list, he chose the ABA’s Young Birder programs as the cause for which his effort would raise funds. I think that speaks volumes.

I’m writing today to ask you to join Greg and Wildside in supporting the ABA’s celebrated Young Birder Programs through this special Nesting Season Appeal. Our goal is to raise $25,000 before
July 1, when the first migrant shorebirds will already be winging their way back south.

Birder and ABA member Greg Miller is famous as one of the trio of birders chronicled in Mark Obmascik’s book, The Big Year, and for providing the inspiration for the character, Brad Harris, played by comedian Jack Black in The Big Year movie.

Greg Miller

Greg Miller

What you may not know is just how devoted Greg is to building and strengthening the birding community. He has seen firsthand the positive impact that the ABA’s Young Birder Camps, our Young Birder of the Year mentoring program, and our various safe, friendly, online Young Birder resources have made. He’s working
to make those experiences and opportunities more widely available. Your generous gift of support will help make that possible.

During the brief nesting season, it is up to the adult birds to give the next generation a strong start for the perilous migration ahead. Members like Greg Miller know that young birders need the strongest start possible, too.

For decades now, the American Birding Association has worked hard to mentor and encourage birding’s next generation, meeting with notable and gratifying success. Please help us build a brighter future for birds and for birding.

Good birding,


Jeffrey A. Gordon, President

American Birding Association