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Open Mic: Dispatches from the NAOC

At the Mic: Terry Rich

From August 16-20, 2016, two thousand ornithological professionals, students, and enthusiasts working across the Western Hemisphere gathered in Washington, D.C. for the largest-ever North American Ornithological Congress (http://naoc2016.cvent.com). This event, held every four years, includes lectures, workshops, roundtable discussions, and interactive sessions and symposia about everything from population and community [read more…]

Open Mic: Endangered Species Act – Listing Bird Species

At the Mic: Jason A. Crotty

The threshold for any species to be protected by the Endangered Species Act (ESA) is “listing,” the process by which the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) determines whether a species qualifies as either “threatened” or “endangered.” If listed, protections of ESA apply, but if not, they do not.

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Open Mic: Seabirds and Plastic Pollution – What it Means for Ocean Ecosystems

At the Mic: Veronica Padula

Birds are fascinating, and I was instantly hooked on studying them in college, especially when thinking about birds’ roles as environmental sentinels. Their health and well-being can tell us so much about what is happening in an ecosystem, and what could potentially be happening to the people in that ecosystem. [read more…]

Open Mic: Birds of a Feather – Birding and Pokemon

At the Mic: Steve Schultz

It’s hard to be a birder. Or rather, it’s hard to explain to someone why I’m a birder. Whether it’s at a cocktail party, describing hobbies and interests during the dreaded workplace “get to know you” exercise, or when responding to a roadside inquiry as to “what are you looking [read more…]

ICYMI: The big Big Year debate: What’s the number to beat, anyway?

The ABA Blog has been in existence for almost 6 years, and there’s a lot of good content back in the archives that deserves an audience now that it might not have received way back when. So, semi-regularly we will bring some of that stuff back. Here’s one by Ted Floyd and Greg Neise that [read more…]

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 is tough to define. Should the criteria be avoiding extinction, avoiding further decline, increasing population by some specific amount, achieving a complete recovery, or something else? Moreover, a species is only listed when it is already in [read more…]

Open Mic: A Glimpse From the Magic Stump

At the Mic: Tyler Funk

Five winters have come and gone since my first Prairie Falcon sighting in northern Coles County, Illinois, in October of 2010. Four seasons have passed since discovering that, in fact, two Prairie Falcons have been utilizing this area as their winter range, often roosting on what is now called “The [read more…]

Announcement of the 2016 Annual Member Meeting

In accordance with the bylaws of the American Birding Association, the Board of Directors has set the date for the next Annual Meeting of the Members of the Association for Friday, October 28, 2016. The official Notice of the Meeting and the Proxy will be distributed to members on or after August 29, 2016, but [read more…]

Open Mic: A Plea for the Junin Grebe

At the Mic: Josh Beck

There are many, many environmental woes and endangered species in the world, unfortunately. There are also an amazing number of dedicated people and organizations doing everything they can to help. But some things seem to slip through the cracks or to be slipping away from us, almost unnoticed.

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Open Mic: Shedding Light on the Mysterious Mangrove Cuckoo

At the Mic: John Lloyd

I’ve been studying Mangrove Cuckoos in the field in Florida, and dead ones in museum collections across North America, for the past several years. Mangrove Cuckoos are fairly uncommon in Florida, which is the only part of North America where they nest and occur regularly. When I started studying these [read more…]