American Birding Podcast



Ladies and Gentlemen, LIVE from Camp Avocet…Pish & Twitch!!!

A couple of the campers at Camp Avocet, Caleb Frome and Brendan Murtha, surprised us one afternoon by telling us that they had formed a band and that they had written some songs about birding. Billing themselves as Pish & Twitch, Brendan and Caleb, with assistance from William von Herff, brought the house down performing 5 song parodies with the lyrics reworked to joke about the joys and travails of birding. I invite you to watch them all and be as stunned as we were by the creativity of these young birders. [read more…]

Meet Matt Daw, the Guy Who Found the New Mexico Rufous-necked Wood-Rail

Matt Daw at Bosque del Apache on July 7, 2013, a day he won't soon forget! Photo ©Jeffrey A. Gordon

Word has been spreading quickly of a truly remarkable birding event: Matt Daw's discovery of a Rufous-necked Wood-Rail at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge near Socorro, New Mexico. Whatever the official [read more…]

ABA’s Periodicals, How Are We Doing?

ABA President Jeff Gordon wants to hear from you about the ABA’s periodicals. Come join the conversation! [read more…]

Remembering Betty Petersen / Recordando a Betty Petersen 1943 – 2013

Betty Petersen

The ABA family and the entire birding community lost one of its leading lights on the morning of June 4th when Betty Petersen of Hanson, Massachusetts, passed away. She had suffered a heart attack on May 20th.

La familia de ABA y toda la comunidad de observación de [read more…]

“The New ABA.” Are YOU Ready to Say It?

“The New ABA”! Are we there? Is there still ground to make up? Do we even need a new ABA? President Jeff Gordon wants to hear your thoughts. [read more…]

Video: Releasing a Rosy-Finch; Looking Out for their Future

ABA ralliers get up close and person with New Mexico’s rosy-finches, and the people who study them. [read more…]

Thank You and Happy New Year!

"Our" Great Gray Owl, near Kelly, Wyoming Dec 24, 2011

Dear ABA Members,

Greetings from cold, sunny, and beautiful Livingston, Montana!

Liz and I have been on a weeklong trip to the Greater Yellowstone region of Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho. Our primary purpose in making the journey was to attend the [read more…]

The ABA Area Referendum Results: What’s Your Take?


Back in late July, I posted on this blog asking for discussion of one of the issues we at the ABA are questioned about most frequently: what, if any, expansion of the ABA Area boundaries ought to take place? I also asked for your feedback on how we ought to go about polling [read more…]

Video!: Greetings from the Governor and Thank You from the Kids!

George Armistead did a wonderful job earlier today with his photos from the weekend’s ABA events in Delaware. As a companion, here are two short videos, one from the Mid-Atlantic Young Birder Conference and one from the Annual Membership Meeting.

First, the Sep 23rd Membership Meeting: when I introduced Collin O’Mara, Delaware’s Secretary of Energy [read more…]

Remembering Jeri McMahon

All of us at the American Birding Association are saddened to learn of the death of Jeri McMahon this past Sunday. ABA’s Membership Experience Coordinator, Nancy Hawley, worked with Jeri’s friends and family to put together this biographic sketch and the special memorial that accompanies it.

Farewell, Jeri. Thanks for your many contributions to the [read more…]