American Birding Podcast



Galveston Bay Oil Spill: What We Birders Can Do

The March 22 spill of 168,000 gallons of highly toxic bunker fuel into Galveston Bay can be expected to take a huge toll on migrating, nesting, and still-wintering birds. If you want to donate money to help, Houston Audubon seems to be the go-to organization right now. But whether or not you can make a [read more…]

What’s Involved in Getting Involved: Part III

Laura Erickson finishes her trilogy on her attempt to stop the construction of a massive communications tower, and offers some thoughts on what ABA members can do to help birds. [read more…]

What’s Involved in Getting Involved: Part II (my successful fight against a cell phone tower)

On or about October 4, 1987, I learned that my area’s “Baby Bell” telecommunications company, U.S. West, was proposing to build a 300-foot guyed, lighted cell phone tower on Moose Mountain, a hill over which a great many raptors and songbirds fly just before reaching Hawk Ridge, in Duluth, Minnesota. Moose Mountain serves as a [read more…]

What’s Involved in Getting Involved: Part I (to be continued)

In 1988 and 1989, I fought against construction of what was to be a 300-foot, guyed, lighted cell-phone tower in view of and directly along the path of Duluth’s hawk and songbird migration flyway. This was six years before the American Bird Conservancy started, when cell phone technology was new, and when the issue of [read more…]

What is happening to Evening Grosbeaks?

Evening Grosbeak feeding on box elder seeds.

In the summer of 1981, when my husband and I moved into our house in Duluth, Minnesota, Evening Grosbeaks instantly became woven into the fabric of my daily life. They were the first birds I heard calling in the trees as we lugged boxes and furniture [read more…]

Review: The Big Year DVD

Editor's Note: Would you like to help the ABA and get a FREE copy of the the DVD or Blu-ray of The Big Year? Details will be available soon. You can mail to be notified the instant this offer goes live!

On Friday, I got a sneak peek preview of the soon-to-be-released DVD of [read more…]

After the Birding Interview

I was recently interviewed for a profile in the current issue of Birding, and now I'm an ABA blogger! This is all a great honor, but also very humbling and scary, because I know better birders than I who have yet to receive the same recognition. (You can read a PDF of the Birding article [read more…]