American Birding Podcast



ABA Debuts Birding News!


Since the early 1990’s at least, birders have been sharing news via e-mail subscription lists. These lists were a great way to keep up with the birding scene in a given region. But they weren’t always the most convenient things to work with, especially if you just wanted to check in on what’s [read more…]

The ABA Area in 2012—What Should Be In and What Should Be Out?


Hawaii. Attu. Saint Pierre. Which should be in the ABA Area and which, if any, should be out? Images by: SteveD./Steve Dunleavy (Hawaii); alaskanet/D. Sikes (Attu) The Tedster/Theo (Saint Pierre) all images are used under a Creative Commons license via flickr

The boundaries of the ABA area, especially whether they ought to include [read more…]

First Look: Swarovski’s New ATX Scopes & Digiscoping Accessories At Hungary’s Hortobágy


From left: Guide Attila Steiner looks on as Belgium's Gerard Driessens, England's Tim Appleton, and Sweden's Måns Karlsson field test Swarovski ATX scopes in Hungary's Hortobágy

 A little over a month ago, I was invited to represent the ABA at a pretty amazing gathering in Hungary. I say amazing in that it assembled quite [read more…]

Announcing the ABA Mid-Atlantic Young Birder Conference September 22, 2012

Hot on the heels of our just completed and very successful Camp Colorado, we’re very excited to announce the ABA’s next big opportunity for young birders: a regional conference designed to bring together young birders and their mentors from a wide area in order to facilitate the sharing of ideas and information, and [read more…]

Tour de Force, and FUN!!!: ABA’s Camp Colorado 2012


 Camper Rosemary Kramer cuts up for the camera ©Jeffrey A Gordon

What's the best work you've ever done? What gave you the greatest sense of accomplishment, of having a larger purpose, of really throwing yourself into something, yet coming away feeling renewed and energized? Work that kicked your butt yet at the same time felt [read more…]

5 Little Birds: The ABA Is Spared Damage In The Waldo Canyon Fire

Last week, I posted here about our experiences in the Waldo Canyon Wildfire that’s been burning in the mountains on the west flank of Colorado Springs since June 23rd. As I write this, it’s July 2nd and the fire is listed as 55% contained. All of us at the ABA are back in our homes [read more…]

ABA Offices and Staff Homes in Colorado Springs Still Safe Despite Waldo Canyon Fire

Dear ABA friends,

I wanted to give you a quick update on how the ABA team in Colorado Springs is faring as far as the Waldo Canyon fire. So far, the news is good. The office is about 15 blocks from the southern end of the evacuated area. Thus far, none of the staff has [read more…]

Get Ready To Rally! Registration For Cape Charles 2012 Opens Tomorrow!

UPDATE: Registration is OPEN!!! Click here to go the registration form.


ABA’s Own Ned Brinkley – a longtime fan of Cape Charles Birding

Tomorrow morning, Wednesday, June 20, the starter’s pistol will fire for registration for the ABA’s first-ever Birding Rally. Held in the Kiptopeke/Cape Charles region of Virginia at the mouth [read more…]

How the Harlequin Duck Lost His Life

The title of this post is meant to mark it as the less cheery companion to the May 2012 Birding magazine article, “How the Harlequin Duck Got His Spots.” That article, if you haven’t yet read it, is a really wonderful piece of birder ornithology, the work of passionate amateurs that measurably advances our understanding [read more…]

Please Welcome Our Two Newest ABA Team Members: George Armistead and Nancy Hawley!


George Armistead and Nancy Hawley photos ©Jeffrey A. Gordon


In late February, I posted a help wanted ad here seeking an ABA Events Coordinator. I'm delighted to report that we got even more help than we had hoped for!

Ladies and gentlemen, it is my distinct pleasure to present you with [read more…]