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Open Mic: Help Needed for Sundarbans Oil Spill Response

At the Mic: Mya-Rose Craig

I am a 12 year old British Bangladeshi birder, conservationist, writer and speaker. The oil spill in the Sundarbans, Bangladesh is a huge ecological disaster being ignored at home and abroad. This ruined landscape is close to my heart. If you have a heart, please help in any way you [read more…]

Open Mic: The Deal with Alpha-Codes, Part 2

At the Mic: Derek Lovitch

Part 1 is is here.

Short-hand and acronyms are becoming ever more ubiquitous in our society. Heck, some people receive most of their news in 140 characters or less! Acronyms from the military, from sports, and from slang have penetrated every corner of society. One respondent astutely wondered “if it [read more…]

Open Mic: The Deal with Alpha-Codes, part 1

At the Mic: Derek Lovitch

You’ve seen it on your favorite listserv. Someone posts a sighting using a four-letter (Alpha) or “banding” code. Someone gets upset. Several posts later, the thread continues. And it goes on, and on…

Maine-birds, the listserv (Google Groups) of my home state is no different. And recently, just such a [read more…]

Open Mic: Apparent Japanese Murrelet in California…

At the Mic: Steve N.G. Howell

Birding is supposed to be fun, and usually it is. But sometimes it can be downright frustrating. I gather rumors have been flying coast to coast about a Japanese Murrelet (Synthliboramphus wumizusume – how about that for a great scientific name!) at Point Reyes, California. Well, here’s the story [read more…]

Open Mic: Wader Quest World Watch, your chance to join in!

At the Mic: Rick Simpson

Many of you followed Wader Quest’s travels around the world on this Open Mic forum as we sought to see as many shorebird species as we could. We hope that you got some pleasure from doing so. Those travels have now come to an end, along with our savings, but [read more…]

Open Mic: A New World Big Day Record – 354 Species!

The LSU Peru Big Day team has broken the world record for the most species observed in a single day! Their total of 354 ABA-countable species breaks the previous record by Robinson and Parker set in 1982 (as well as a non-ABA-recognized total of 342 set in Kenya). Below is a report on their effort [read more…]

Open Mic: Tackling the World Big Day Record, Part 2

The following is an update from Louisiana State University Big Day team members on their progress in scouting for their Peru Big Day, an attempt to break the world big day record while raising support for research on Neotropical birds. The ABA is excited to offer them a platform for promoting their attempt. For more [read more…]

Open Mic: Tackling the World Big Day Record

The following is an update from Louisiana State University Big Day team members on their progress in scouting for their Peru Big Day, an attempt to break the world big day record while raising support for research on Neotropical birds. The ABA is excited to offer them a platform for promoting their attempt. For more [read more…]

Open Mic: The Townsend’s Bunting Story

At the Mic: Denis Lepage

Imagine that you are birding along in your favorite patch, like you always do, and suddenly come across one of the most mysterious and sought after bird in the history of North American birding? And what if it was a bird a bird so rare that you didn’t even know [read more…]

Open Mic: A Colorado Springs farewell to the ABA

At the Mic: Mel Goff

It is a done deal. The ABA headquarters is moving to Delaware City, Delaware. We have packed up the office, said our goodbyes. We wish them well.

But they will be missed. For five years I have been a volunteer each week at the ABA. It has been a memorable [read more…]