ABA Events, Near and Far, in 2017-18


The ABA has a full schedule of events for 2017, consisting of opportunities to bird with ABA Staff and friends both close to our headquarters in Delaware and farther afield. Join the ABA for a Delaware Shorebird Spectacular in May 2017! The month of May along the Delaware Bayshore brings enormous numbers of horseshoe crabs [read more…]
http://blog.aba.org/2017/03/aba-events-near-and-far-in-2017-18.html

Jason Kimm, January eBirder of the Month


Please join us in congratulating Jason Kimm of Duncan, British Colombia, winner of the January 2017 eBird Challenge, sponsored by Carl Zeiss Sports Optics. Our January winner was drawn from eBirders who submitted at least 31 eligible eBird checklists in January. Jason’s name was drawn randomly from the 4,226 eBirders who achieved the January challenge threshold. Jason will receive new ZEISS Conquest HD 8×42 binoculars for his eBirding efforts. We asked Jason to tell us a little more about himself, his use of eBird, and his love of birds – read on for more.
http://ebird.org/content/ebird/news/ebm201701/

Blog Birding #310


What drives a birder like Noah Strycker, record-setter and world-traveler? At Long Reads, Eva Holland tries to get to the bottom of it. Though he was attempting to complete the biggest Big Year of all time, Strycker’s goal, beyond tallying a massive list, was to build something larger: to both lean on and to [read more…]
http://blog.aba.org/2017/03/blog-birding-310.html

New and Noteworthy: Swarovski’s BTX Provides an Eye-opening Scope Experience


At the eyepieces—yes, pieces, plural, of the BTX In early February, I attended an event at Swarovski Optik headquarters in Innsbruck, Austria, along with several dozen other representatives of the world birding community and industry. It was an opportunity for Swarovski Optik to showcase their company and its culture, which came across as [read more…]
http://blog.aba.org/2017/03/new-and-noteworthy-swarovskis-btx-provides-an-eye-opening-scope-experience.html

Announcing the 2017 ABA Awards Recipients!


The ABA Board of Directors recently voted to present three ABA Awards in 2017. The awardees are Judy Pollock, Jerry Liguori, and Scott Weidensaul. We congratulate each of them on their substantial achievements. The 2017 ABA Awards Recipients (l-r): Judy Pollock (Evanston, IL) Jerry Liguori (Salt Lake City, UT), Scott Weidensaul (Schuylkill Haven, PA). [read more…]
http://blog.aba.org/2017/03/announcing-the-2017-aba-awards-recipients.html

Dan Rottino, 2016 eBirder of the Year


Please join us in congratulating Dan Rottino of East Haddam, Connecticut, winner of the 2016 eBirder of the Year challenge, sponsored by Carl Zeiss Sports Optics. Our 2016 winner was drawn randomly from the 6(!) eBirders who met all 12 eBirder of the Month challenges in 2016. More than 13,500 eBirders qualified for at least one of the 12 challenges, 1567 qualified for half of them, and a half-dozen of the most dedicated made it all the way. The full list of 6 can be seen at the bottom of this article. Dan will receive new ZEISS Conquest HD 8×42 binoculars for his eBirding efforts. We asked Dan to tell us a little more about himself, his use of eBird, and his love of birds – read on for more.
http://ebird.org/content/ebird/news/zeisseby2016/