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The ABA Blog’s Top 10 Posts of 2015

It’s the time of year for year-end lists, or maybe I’m a a couple weeks late. In any case, I want to publicly thank all of those tho contributed to the blog this year, from regular contributors to guest writers to those who work behind the scenes keeping the whole thing functioning.

The following are [read more…]

Birders, the Media, and the Malheur Standoff

Birders paying attention to the ongoing situation at Malheur NWR in southeastern Oregon are probably puzzled by the extent to which the interest of birders has driven some of the media narrative about the occupation. Birders, more than hunters and fishers and other stakeholders, have been perceived as one of the major victims here, and [read more…]

Congratulations, Noah Strycker! 6,000+ species in 2015

Big Years are inherently dramatic, particularly when the record is there to be broken. In the case of former Birding associate editor Noah Strycker, this last month of his global quest was less about the record he smashed weeks ago and more about the impossible bar he was about to set.

For the month of [read more…]

Happy Thanksgiving from the ABA

Happy Thanksgiving to those ABA members who are celebrating this week*. I hope you enjoy the one holiday on the calendar that features a bird in a starring role.

We’ll be taking the next couple days off from the ABA Blog, and this is just a reminder of that. Please note that the regularly scheduled [read more…]

Huge Movement of Franklin’s Gulls in the Great Lakes and the Mid-Atlantic

Dainty and graceful by gull standards, the Franklin’s Gull has one of the great migrations in the western hemisphere. They breed on the prairie marshes of central Canada and the adjacent states and moves south in great clouds of birds, eventually reaching wintering grounds mostly in the South American nations of Chile and Peru. Birders [read more…]

How should we pronounce Trindade?

In the 2015 version of the annual Check-list Redux article in Birder’s Guide to Listing and Taxonomy, one of the changes I listed was a split of Herald Petrel. The species found in the northern Atlantic Ocean (and, thus, in the Gulf Stream) is now called Trindade Petrel. Trindade isn’t a word most of us [read more…]

Follow the ABA at the American Birding Expo!

We’re busy setting up for the ABA Summit and the American Birding Expo this week. The ABA lounge is back in action and we’re excited to welcome all the birders and birding industry folks from North America and beyond as we celebrate this community that we’re all a part of.

We’ll be sharing a [read more…]

Winter Finches are Coming, maybe: The 2015-16 Winter Finch Report

As reliable as the mudflats full of shorebirds and the first frost, there’s no surer sign of the changing seasons that Ron Pittaway’s annual Winter Finch Report.

The focus of the annual “What to expect when you’re expecting irruptive finches” is always on Ontario, but Pittaway’s insights can be extrapolated to the rest of the [read more…]

Congratulations Noah Strycker, New World Big Year Champion!

It finally happened. Birding associate editor and ABA Blog contributor Noah Strycker broke the World Big Year record, finding his 4,342nd species with more than three months left in his year. This eclipses the previous record of 4,341 set by British birders Ruth Miller and Alan Davies in 2008.

The birds? A pair of Sri [read more…]

Buy Optics from Eagle Optics, Get a Discounted ABA Membership!

Our good friends at Eagle Optics are once again offering a fantastic deal for those interested in purchasing a new pair of binoculars. With the purchase of one of a select list of binoculars at a variety of price points, you can get an ABA membership – usually $45 – for the low price of [read more…]