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2016 Pelagic Directory online now!

The 2016 issue of Birder’s Guide to Travel contains the ABA’s highly-praised Pelagic Directory. Here (on page 52) you’ll find a comprehensive list of the ABA Area’s pelagic trips, arranged by geography and date. You might also want to check out articles by Diana Doyle and Debi Shearwater from prior issues; they both offer [read more…]

European Vagrants in Newfoundland

Eurasian Oystercatcher (C) Michael Retter

The 2016 issue of Birder’s Guide to Travel features an article by Jared Clarke on birding in Newfoundland. (Just click here to read it online.) While it concentrates on more regular species you might want to see there, Newfoundland is also famous in the ABA Area as the [read more…]

SNEAK PEEK! Birder’s Guide to Travel, 2016

The 2016 issue of Birder’s Guide to Travel has just hit the printers. American Birding Association members should find it in their mailboxes in the next couple weeks. But you don’t have to wait until then to see what’s inside. You can see the entirety of this issue of Birder’s Guide right now. Simply click [read more…]

10 Tech Essentials

Birding gear expert Diana Doyle shares what are currently her top 10 “tech essentials” in the recent issue of Birder’s Guide to Gear. Just click here to access the interview. (Free access to online issues of Birder’s Guide is one of the many services the ABA provides to the birding public.)

Do you have a [read more…]

Gearing Up for a Neotropical Adventure

Having the right gear with you can be the different between thoroughly enjoying yourself and…not. Things like wet feet, fogged binoculars, and swarms of blackflies can have you running back to the car and wishing you were home, instead.

In “Gearing Up for a Neotropical Adventure“, Kathi Borgmann shares her thoughts on the gear you [read more…]

Lessons from a Photo Big Day

If you’re looking for advice on which Canon SLR camera setup to take birding with you, look no further than “Lessons From a Photo Big Day“. This article by Scott Whittle and Tom Stephenson relays what they learned about which gear worked best while running a photo big day. While you may have no desire [read more…]

Propping It All Up

I don’t know about you, but spending a week comparing tripod legs and heads isn’t my idea of a good time. I’d rather be poring over a phylogenetic tree. To each zir own! And how could I possibly get that many tripods all at once to compare, anyway? Thankfully for me, there are gear heads [read more…]

SNEAK PEEK! Birder’s Guide to Gear, 2015

The 2015 issue of Birder’s Guide to Gear is now being printed. That means that, if you’re an ABA member, you should find it in your mailbox in the next couple weeks. But you don’t have to wait until then to see what’s inside. And neither do non-members. You can see the entirety of [read more…]

YOUR TURN: Clarifying What Counts

“What Counts?” is a perennial question we hear at the ABA. That’s understandable since the ABA–or, more specifically, its Recording Standards and Ethics Committee–creates and maintains the set of guidelines used for reporting list totals to the ABA’s Listing Central. These reports are what we use to create the annual “Listing Snapshot“.

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YOUR TURN: Understanding Phylogenetics

These days, when you hear about a species bing “split” or “lumped”, you can probably bet that at the heart of the decision was a scientific paper about genetics that included phylogenetic trees. And unless you have a background in biology, you may be confused about what you’re seeing. That’s why we asked ornithologist Nick [read more…]