ABA Bylaws

Proxy Ballot and Annual Meeting Information 2017

This page is designed as a clearinghouse for information pertaining to attending the ABA’s 2017 Annual Meeting or voting your proxy.

Any ABA member in good standing as of November 10, 2017 is eligible to cast a vote. Ballots must be signed by the voting party.  You may use the "Fill & Sign" feature of Adobe Acrobat to complete and sign the ballot, or scan your signed ballot, and email to proxy@aba.org or mail it to American Birding Association, PO Box 744, Delaware City, DE 19706. Votes will be counted as long as they are received on or before November 10, 2017. 

ABA 2017 Notice of Meeting and Proxy Ballot >>


Nominated to serve for a 3rd term on the Board of Directors of the American Birding Association, Carl Bendorf of Longmont, Colorado.

Carl Bendorf is a native Iowan who started birding at age 12. Before long, he was recording bird songs with a jury-rigged toy parabolic reflector and a small reel-to-reel tape recorder. He has served as president, vice-president, and member of the records committee of the Iowa Ornithologists’ Union. Now retired from a career in non-profit management and development, Carl held leadership positions at two Big Ten university foundations and served as executive director of a foundation in the Chicago area.

In 2011, Carl founded Iowa Young Birders and lead nearly fifty field trips for hundreds of young birders and family members; he now serves as a member of the board. After moving to Colorado in 2015, Carl founded and serves as chief guide of Colorado Birding Adventures. First elected to the ABA board of directors in 2011, Carl currently serves as vice-chair of the board and chair of the development committee.

If you have already sent in your Proxy and wish to APPROVE the election of Carl Bendorf to serve for a 3rd term on the Board of Directors of the American Birding Association you NEED DO NOTHING. Your vote with be counted as FOR. If you wish to vote AGAINST or WITHHOLD your vote for Carl Bendorf, please send an email to proxy@aba.org. If you voted to Withhold from all Nominees, you need do nothing further.

Louis M Morell
Chair - Board of Directors
American Birding Association

The American Birding Association will hold its Annual Membership Meeting on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 5:00 pm at the Harlingen Municipal Auditorium, 1204 Fair Park Blvd, Harlingen, TX 78550. The meeting will be followed by a concert in the park in conjunction with the Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival’s schedule of events.  We hope that many of you will make plans to join us there. 

For those who cannot attend, please review and return this year’s proxy ballot. We’d like to call your attention to the outstanding slate of board candidates there, one which will significantly diversify and strengthen our board. We hope that you will give them your full support.

You’ll also find a proposed approval in principle of the merger of the American Birding Association, Inc., a Texas corporation, into and with the American Birding Association, Inc. a Delaware corporation.  At the Annual Meeting of Members in September 2014, the Chair discussed whether, as a consequence of the move of the Association’s headquarters to Delaware City, it would be in the best interests of the Association to reincorporate as a Delaware corporation. After a thorough review of the issues, the Board of Directors determined it would be in the best interests of the Association to establish a Delaware corporation and merge the existing Texas corporation into and with the new Delaware corporation. 

The primary benefits for such a merger are: (1) incorporating in a jurisdiction whose corporate and regulatory environment best serves the future needs of the Association; (2) reducing the number of regulators overseeing the Association and streamlining regulatory compliance; (3) achieving operating efficiencies of being domiciled in the state of incorporation; and, (4) recognizing the benefits the organization provides to the state of Delaware and the region, making it eligible to receive state and pass through grants to support its operations. 

Thank you for your support of the ABA and for taking the time to participate in its governance. It is an honor to serve the birding community.

Jeffrey A. Gordon
Louis Morrell
Board Chair