ABA | About the ABA

American Birding Association

Who We Are

The ABA is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides leadership to birders by increasing their knowledge, skills, and enjoyment of birding. We are the only organization in North America that specifically caters to recreational birders. We also contribute to bird and bird habitat conservation through our varied programs.

Mission Statement

The American Birding Association inspires all people to enjoy and protect wild birds.

The American Birding Association represents the North American birding community and supports birders through publications, conferences, workshops, tours, partnerships, and networks.

The ABA's education programs promote birding skills, ornithological knowledge, and the development of a conservation ethic.

The ABA encourages birders to apply their skills to help conserve birds and their habitats, and we represent the interests of birders in planning and legislative arenas.

We welcome all birders as members.

Code of Ethics

Concern for the welfare of birds lies at the core of ABA and touches everything we do. ABA has developed a code of ethics for birding, provided here in multiple formats for you to download. The ABA encourages all birders to print and follow these guidelines to preserve the welfare of wild birds and the integrity of birding.

ABA Events

Topping the list of most-memorable experiences for many birders are group trips, where friends are birding with friends, the newly initiated can meet others who share their passion, and top-notch guides are helping everyone locate birds. Each year, ABA offers conferences, conventions, and workshops at various hotspots throughout the Americas. If you're looking to add new birds to your list, become a better birder, or just want to meet up with good friends, you won't want to miss these events. ABA works to keep the cost of these events low, while providing world-class instructors and guides at fabulous locations.


North American Birds

North American Birds Cover

Vol. 66, No. 4
Jun – July 12


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