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April 15 isn’t just tax day. It’s also the kick off for the 2016 ABA Young Birder of the Year Contest. [read more…]

2015 Young Birders of the Year!

After months of judging the inspiring work of so many truly impressive young birders, our judges have made their decisions. The recipients of the 2015 ABA Young Birder of the Year contest have been contacted and we’re ready to share the announcement with the rest of the world. [read more…]

2014 Young Birder Gift Guide

A few weeks ago I posed a question to a group of young birders on Facebook. It was pretty straightforward: “What’s on your wish list?” [read more…]

2014 State of the Birds Report

One hundred years after the extinction of the Passenger Pigeon, the nation’s top bird scientists from conservation groups and agencies have come together again to publish the fifth State of the Birds report. [read more…]

2014 Camp Colorado

July 4, 2014: 10:00 am. I’ve just picked up my rental car at the airport in Denver and am driving by Barr Lake State Park. I’ve arrived a few days early to do some pre-camp scouting in preparation for the ABA’s Camp Colorado. I’m not 10 minutes from the airport when I spot a Swainson’s [read more…]

Wetlands, Watersheds, and Whooping Cranes: Wetland Habitat Restoration in the Rainwater Basin of Nebraska

The Whooping Crane (Grus americana) remains one of the most imperiled species in the United States. This Endangered species once ranged throughout the plains and prairies of central North America. It bred in central Canada and the north-central United States and wintered on the Gulf Coast, parts of the Atlantic coast, and as far south [read more…]

The Field Notes Dilemma: Apps or Paper?

Are birding apps increasing convenience while decreasing the capture of important natural history details? [read more…]

Announcing the 2014 Young Birders of the Year!

The ABA is thrilled to announce the winners of the 2014 Young Birder of the Year Contest! Fifteen-year-old Alec Wyatt from Colorado Springs, Colorado and thirteen-year-old Chloe Walker from Murfeesboro, Tennessee took top honors and will receive the grand prize of a Leica Trinovid binocular courtesy of Leica Sport Optics, ABA’s Legacy Sponsor. [read more…]

Project SNOWstorm!

I saw my first (and so far only) Snowy Owl in December 2011, at Montrose Harbor on the Chicago lakefront. I happened to be in town for Christmas and was able to convince a few family members to make the trek into the city with me to look for the bird. [read more…]

2013 Young Birder Gift Guide

Still looking for a great present for the young birder in your life? I recently asked a group of young birders what they had on their wish lists this year. Read on to see what they had to say, as well as see some of my favorite things.

Books

I think you’d be hard-pressed to [read more…]