About the Author: Nate Swick

The American Birding Podcast brings together staff and friends of the American Birding Association as we talk about birds, birding, travel and conservation in North America and beyond. Join host Nate Swick every other Thursday for news and happenings, recent rarities, guests from around the birding world, and features of interest to every birder.

This Month in Birding: July 2021

By |July 29th, 2021|Podcast|

The last episode of the month means This Month in Birding, with a panel of Orietta Estrada, Gabriel Foley, and Mikko Jimenez. We have some interesting topics to chat about this week including that mystery bird illness and a possible connection to cicadas, a historical perspective on bird names in a major ornithological journal, how bird science is furthered by indigenous languages, Piping Plover movies and birds in the Olympics. Also, want to win some stuff from the ABA? Get information here! Links to topics discussed include: Thoughts on the mystery bird illness in the east. read more >>

Birding, Annotated, Again with Ted Floyd

By |July 22nd, 2021|Podcast|

Birding editor Ted Floyd joins host Nate Swick to once again chat about recent birding experiences in eBird Annotated. This time Ted and Nate have been on the road, birding in places that meant something to them in the past. For Ted, this is Pittsburgh's Frick Park, and for Nate, Sanibel Island in south Florida. As promised, enjoy their eBird checklists yourself! From Pennsylvania https://ebird.org/checklist/S91550753 https://ebird.org/checklist/S91550757 https://ebird.org/checklist/S91496800 https://ebird.org/checklist/S91565994 From Florida: https://ebird.org/checklist/S91433356 https://ebird.org/checklist/S91461785 https://ebird.org/checklist/S91229868 Plus, Nate is happy to report that the Duck Stamp will no longer require a hunting element. Subscribe to the podcast at Apple Podcasts, read more >>

Rare Bird Alert: July 16, 2021

By |July 16th, 2021|Rare Bird Alert|

The Berylline Hummingbird (ABA Code 4) in Arizona is the sole remaining rare bird in the ABA Area that has continued into this week, but fear not, this new week sees some pretty exceptional birds. It's hard to beat a a Steller's Sea-Eagle (4) for drama, but the bird originally seen in New Brunswick a couple weeks ago is exceptional for reasons beyond being one of the world's most iconic birds. This week the bird moved up the Quebec coast to Gaspé, where it represents a provincial first. But perhaps the most extraordinary thing is that read more >>

Your Bird Story with Georgia Silvera Seamans

By |July 15th, 2021|Podcast|

We at the ABA are big fans of the growing birding podcast scene and one of the more interesting ones out now is Your Bird Story, which focuses on everyday people’s experiences with birds in cities. The host of Your Bird Story, Dr. Georgia Silvera Seamans, is, among other things, the director of Washington Square Park Eco Projects, an urban and community forester, and one of the co-organizers of Black Botanists Week. She joins us to talk about collecting bird stories from everyone and the importance of wild places in urban spaces. Also, Nate is back read more >>

Rare Bird Alert: July 9, 2021

By |July 9th, 2021|Rare Bird Alert|

Continuing ABA Area rarities include Berylline Hummingbird (ABA Code 4) in Arizona and Little Egret (4) in Maine. We begin in the far northwest, where rare shorebird season begins with a bang in the form of British Columbia's 3rd record of Wood Sandpiper in Victoria, a well-documented individual. That wasn't the only noteworthy find in the province, as a Great-tailed Grackle in Colwood represents BC's 7th. In Nevada, a young Yellow-crowned Night-Heron in Clark represents the state's 2nd record and the first in nearly 30 years. A compelling report of a Eared Quetzal (4) comes from Cochise, Arizona, where read more >>

ENCORE: Actor Ian Harding’s Odd Birds

By |July 8th, 2021|Podcast|

In demand actor, 7 time winner of the Teen Choice Award, and avid birder? Ian Harding is best known for his work on the Freeform network’s teen-drama Pretty Little Liars, but in his new memoir Odd Birds he talks about how birds and birding have provided him with opportunities to find peace and focus in a life in the public eye. Ian joins host Nate Swick to share some stories from his new book and thoughts on what it could mean for birding to have such a high-profile advocate. This interview originally ran on June 29, 2017. Also, Birding editor Ted Floyd read more >>

Rare Bird Alert: July 2, 2021

By |July 2nd, 2021|Rare Bird Alert|

Continuing rarities in the ABA Area include Berylline Hummingbird (ABA Code 4) in Arizona and a pair of littles on opposites sides of the continent, Little Egret (4) in Maine and Little Stint (4) in Alaska. A Steller's Sea-Eagle (4) first reported several months ago on St. Paul's Island, Alaska also made a re-appearance this week. Birders in the Last Frontier have wasted no time putting that state back on the rarity map as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to wane. While not all of the birding outposts are manned as they have been in the past, other sites are read more >>

The All Canada Episode

By |July 1st, 2021|Podcast|

It's Canada Day and this week sees an all Canada special episode of the American Birding Podcast, a tip of the cap to our friends in the northern part of the ABA Area. The Canada panel consists of some birders from across the country and features voices that podcast regulars probably recognize. From St, John’s, Newfoundland, we welcome Bird the Rock’s Jared Clarke. From Drumheller, Alberta (by way of Ontario) is Birds Canada's Jody Allair. And from Richmond, British Columbia, it's wildlife biologist and keeper of the BC Rare Bird Alert, Melissa Hafting. We talk about the read more >>

This Month in Birding: June 2021

By |June 24th, 2021|Podcast|

For June, the The Month in Birding Panel consists of Mo Stych of Bird Sh*t Podcast, Brodie Cass Talbott of Portland Audubon, and newcomer Joanna Wu of Audubon. The panel chats about Black Birders Week, bird habitat as climate sinks, and the many amazing uses of googly eyes. Links to items discussed: The second year of Black Birders Week (05:03) Floating Googly Eyes Scare Birds Away from Nets (10:35) Bird Habitats are Climate Sinks (16:35) Birds Respond More Aggressively in Multi-species Groups (28:25) Herpers Move Away from Cute Names, Birders Lean in (39:46) Subscribe to the read more >>

Rare Bird Alert: June 18, 2021

By |June 18th, 2021|Rare Bird Alert|

Notable birds continuing in the ABA Area into this week include Berylline Hummingbird (ABA Code 4) in Arizona, Little Egret (4) in Maine, and Bahama Mockingbird (4) in Florida. While it's not uncommon for southern birds to move northward as the temperature warms, this summer has seemed unprecedented in terms of numbers and species represented. And this week's rarity outlook continues this trend. Ohio's 2nd record of White-tailed Kite was seen in Harrison this week. Notably it was not that long ago that Ohio had its first record of this southern southern plains raptor. And Ohio was not read more >>

Birding Book Club: Guides to Mexico and Central America

By |June 17th, 2021|Podcast|

It’s time for the American Birding Podcast Birding Book Club and host Nate Swick welcomes bird media reviewers Frank Izaguirre from the ABA’s Birding magazine and Donna Schulman from the website 10,000 Birds to finally tackle birding's great contribution to world literature, the field guide. We start with guides to Mexico and Central America, popular destinations for US and Canada birders and a great place to begin the discussion about what makes a good field guide and who and what field guides are for. Help support the ABA and the American Birding Podcast by contributing to our Nesting Season Appeal. Books read more >>

Rare Bird Alert: June 11, 2021

By |June 11th, 2021|Rare Bird Alert|

Notable ABA rarities continuing into this week include Berylline Hummingbird (ABA Code 4) in Arizona, the Pallas's Bunting (5) on Gambell, Alaska, and the small flock of Tamaulipas Crows (4) in south Texas. The drive to migrate that propelled the last month of vagrants in the ABA Area has wained a bit, and the list is shorter than it has been in a few weeks, but there are still birds moving and with the prospect of post-breeding dispersal on the horizon, it won't be long before we're in good birds all over the US and Canada. read more >>

2021 Splits and Lumps with Nick Block

By |June 10th, 2021|Podcast|

Early summer means that it’s time to talk taxonomy, and that means Nick Block, professor of Biology at Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts. For the last several years, Nick is person we like to talk to when it comes to reading the tea-leaves of the American Ornithological Society’s North America Classification Committee. We chat storm-petrels, bunting lumps, and the curious case of the Swainson's Thrushes. Also, there's no better time to sign up to run your own Breeding Bird Survey route! Help support the ABA and the American Birding Podcast by contributing to our Nesting Season Appeal. read more >>

Rare Bird Alert: June 4, 2021

By |June 4th, 2021|Rare Bird Alert|

Noteworthy ABA Area rarities continuing into this week in the ABA Area include both Berylline Hummingbird (ABA Code 4) and Tufted Flycatcher (5) in Arizona, the return of the annual Little Egret (4) in Maine, a small flock of Tamaulipas Crows (4) in  Texas, and Black-faced Grassquit (4) in Florida. Southern birds coming north is a pretty well-established patter for vagrancy, but this year has been exception in that regard. The poster bird for this movement, at least so far, comes from Colorado, where a stunning Yellow Grosbeak (4) has been visiting a feeder in Huerfano. This read more >>

Listen and Conserve with Project Terra with Mike Lanzone & Scott Whittle

By |June 3rd, 2021|Podcast|

One of the dreams of the "internet of nature" was a device that birders could put in their yard that picks up GPS fitted and tracked wildlife, and maybe even identifies them when they pass over your home. That device is here and it is called Terra. Mike Lanzone of Cellular Tracking Technologies and birder and writer Scott Whittle, are the creators of this magic device. They both join me to talk about what it can do, and how it will change migration monitoring forever. If you want to contribute to their kickstarter, here's the link. read more >>

2021 AOS Classification Committee Proposals, Parts 2 & 3

By |June 1st, 2021|Listing and Taxonomy|

There are few constants in these helter-skelter times, but the birding world can always depend on the bird taxonomy proposals submitted to the American Ornithological Society’s North and Middle American Classification Committee. And as we have done in past years, we offer the second and thirds chunks of the new bird taxonomy proposals submitted to the the AOS-NACC, the volunteer group of ornithologists who make the split, lump, and name-change decisions that influence the ABA Checklist and our field guides. As before there are a couple things to note, including the usual caveat that these are just proposals read more >>

Rare Bird Alert: May 28, 2021

By |May 28th, 2021|Rare Bird Alert|

The list of continuing rarities in the ABA Area has been whittled to two this week, the shortest it has been in months. Both are relatively recent arrivals to Arizona in a Berylline Hummingbird (ABA Code 4) and a Tufted Flycatcher (5). Seabirding pelagics out of Hatteras, North Carolina, has a reputation for producing the unexpected, and they've done it again this week. A Wedge-tailed Shearwater seen in the Gulf Stream off Hatteras represents a 1st record for the state and only the 2nd for the Atlantic Ocean. This bird has shades of the "in the read more >>

This Month in Birding – May 2021

By |May 27th, 2021|Podcast|

Sean Milnes, Jordan Rutter, and Purbita Saha join the May 2021 This Month in Birding panel to talk about some of the most important bird and birding related news items of the month. Links to items discussed: Female Bird Day (6:56) Colombia boycotts the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's Global Big Day (8:52) AOS moves forward on changing English bird names (17:25) The period cicada's Brood X is here and impacting birds (24:15) Chicago releases feral cats into the city (33:40) Estimates of bird populations mean there are 6 wild birds per human (42:35) And don't forget read more >>

Bird Policy Update and the Freedom Birders with Tykee James

By |May 20th, 2021|Podcast|

In the United States, we’re over 100 days into a new administration and five months into a new Congress, and our elected officials have been busy with some interesting environmental policies and legislation in that time. Interestingly, many of them impact birds. To chat about it, we bring back to the podcast, Tykee James, host of the On Word for Wildlife podcast from the Wildlife Observer Network. Tykee lays out what birders should be paying attention to, and talks about his new project, Freedom Birders. Plus, another Pileated Woodpecker story from Christy Esmahan in Austin, Texas, read more >>

Rare Bird Alert: May 14, 2021

By |May 14th, 2021|Rare Bird Alert|

Because of continuing COVID-19 cases in many states and provinces, the purpose of this report is to keep homebound birders caught up rare bird sightings across the ABA Area. The ABA encourages readers to respect state, provincial, and local suggestions with regard to non-essential travel. The ABA’s Recording Standards and Ethics Committee has released guidelines on how birders should approach this ongoing pandemic and we urge birders, whether they are members of the ABA or not, to consider traveling to see a rare bird. Stay safe and healthy, everyone. We're almost through this.  ABA Area read more >>

Random Birds, Vol. 1 with Ted Floyd

By |May 13th, 2021|Podcast|

Birding editor Ted Floyd is back to play a new birder game we're calling "Random Birds". Host Nate Swick has a list of birds and a random number generator and is ready to chat about whatever bird pops up. Nate and Ted chat about Snow Geese, Red Knots, Bobolinks, Blue Grosbeaks and more. Also, some birds in the news! California Condors and Vaux's Swifts invading homes in California. Thanks to Field Guides for sponsoring this episode. Check out their new video series, Out Birding with Field Guides. Subscribe to the podcast at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, and Google Podcasts, and please leave read more >>

The Glitter in the Green with Jon Dunn

By |May 6th, 2021|Podcast|

Hummingbirds, perhaps more than any other bird family in the world, seem to elicit a strange sort of mania, and this seems to have been true for as long as human beings have been aware of them. Writer Jon Dunn is one of the obsessed, and his new book The Glitter in the Green - In Search of Hummingbirds is part history, part travelogue, and part quest to see as many of the world’s hummingbirds as possible, including some of the most iconic species on Earth. Also, another Pileated Woodpecker story from Lerena in Toronto, Ontario read more >>

This Month in Birding – April 2021

By |April 29th, 2021|Podcast|

The last Thursday of the month and that means it's time for the This Month in Birding panel. April 2021 is a special month because it marks one year from the 1st This Month in Birding, and one year since the podcast went to a weekly format. We're joined by a panel of Birds Canada's Jody Allair, Orietta Estrada of the Birder's Fund, and The Birdist, Nick Lund, who come to talk about the AOS Bird Names Congress, Bald Eagles, big news for the Black & Latinx Scholarship Fund, and thoughts on the accuracy of nature documentaries. read more >>

Rare Bird Alert: April 23, 2021

By |April 23rd, 2021|Rare Bird Alert|

Because of continuing COVID-19 cases in many states and provinces, the purpose of this report is to keep homebound birders caught up rare bird sightings across the ABA Area. The ABA encourages readers to respect state, provincial, and local suggestions with regard to non-essential travel. The ABA’s Recording Standards and Ethics Committee has released guidelines on how birders should approach this ongoing pandemic and we urge birders, whether they are members of the ABA or not, to consider traveling to see a rare bird. Stay safe and healthy, everyone. We're almost through this.  Continuing rarities in read more >>

Skyglow and Community Science with Lauren Pharr

By |April 22nd, 2021|Podcast|

This time of year is a tough one for many birds, as they make their long dangerous journey from wintering grounds to breeding territories. The path taken by many sees them passing over or stopping to nest in increasingly urban landscapes. These landscape changes affect birds in many ways, some obvious, some more subtle. That is the work of researcher Lauren Pharr, a PhD student at North Carolina State studying urban noise and light pollution and their affect on birds. She’s with me now to chat about her work, wildlife research in urban settings, and community read more >>

Rare Bird Alert: April 16, 2021

By |April 16th, 2021|Rare Bird Alert|

Because of continuing COVID-19 cases in many states and provinces, the purpose of this report is to keep homebound birders caught up rare bird sightings across the ABA Area. The ABA encourages readers to respect state, provincial, and local suggestions with regard to non-essential travel. The ABA’s Recording Standards and Ethics Committee has released guidelines on how birders should approach this ongoing pandemic and we urge birders, whether they are members of the ABA or not, to consider traveling to see a rare bird. Stay safe and healthy, everyone. We're almost through this.  Continuing rare read more >>

Secrets of SoCal Parrots with John McCormack

By |April 15th, 2021|Podcast|

There are a few lucky places in the ABA Area where parrots still fly free, even if most have captive origins these day. But these big loud flashy birds have a history and future than is perhaps more interesting than many birders might imagine and these feral populations can even give us some insights into the frequently threatened wild birds in Mexico and Central America. John McCormack, director of the Moore Lab of Zoology at Occidental College in Los Angeles, is one of the authors of a paper about how two closely related Amazon parrots in read more >>

Rare Bird Alert: April 9, 2021

By |April 9th, 2021|Rare Bird Alert|

Because of continuing COVID-19 cases in many states and provinces, the purpose of this report is to keep homebound birders caught up rare bird sightings across the ABA Area. The ABA encourages readers to respect state, provincial, and local suggestions with regard to non-essential travel. The ABA’s Recording Standards and Ethics Committee has released guidelines on how birders should approach this ongoing pandemic and we urge birders, whether they are members of the ABA or not, to consider whether they should travel to see a rare bird. Stay safe and healthy, everyone. We're almost through this.  read more >>

A World on the Wing with Scott Weidensaul

By |April 8th, 2021|Podcast|

Migratory birds undertake some of the most extraordinary and exhausting journeys of any living thing on the planet, an endurance test made all the more difficult by climate change, habitat loss, and illegal hunting. Few know this better than Scott Weidensaul, a bird researcher, prolific nature writer, and the author of more than 30 books. He first tackled bird migration with 2000’s Living on the Wind. He comes back to the topic with a new book A World on the Wing: The Global Odyssey of Migratory Birds, out this month. He joins Nate Swick to talk read more >>

Rare Bird Alert: April 2, 2021

By |April 2nd, 2021|Rare Bird Alert|

Because of continuing COVID-19 cases in many states and provinces, the purpose of this report is to keep homebound birders caught up rare bird sightings across the ABA Area. The ABA encourages readers to respect state, provincial, and local suggestions with regard to non-essential travel. The ABA’s Recording Standards and Ethics Committee has released guidelines on how birders should approach this ongoing pandemic and we urge birders, whether they are members of the ABA or not, to consider traveling to see a rare bird. Stay safe and healthy, everyone. We're almost through this.  We have read more >>

ENCORE: The Nomadic Nature of Snow Buntings with Emily McKinnon

By |April 1st, 2021|Podcast|

It’s the time of year when Arctic birds are heading back north, out of the range of citizen scientists who spent the winter trapping them, and using cutting edge technology to track their movements. It’s a testament to our interest in nomadic tundra birds that that could apply to a couple different projects, but this time around we are talking about Snow Buntings and the Canadian Snow Bunting Network. Dr. Emily McKinnon is a researcher at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg and the administrator of this project that has found out a number of fascinating read more >>

Rare Bird Alert: March 26, 2021

By |March 26th, 2021|Rare Bird Alert|

Because of continuing COVID-19 cases in many states and provinces, the purpose of this report is to keep homebound birders caught up rare bird sightings across the ABA Area. The ABA encourages readers to respect state, provincial, and local suggestions with regard to non-essential travel. The ABA’s Recording Standards and Ethics Committee has released guidelines on how birders should approach this ongoing pandemic and we urge birders, whether they are members of the ABA or not, to consider traveling to see a rare bird. Stay safe and healthy, everyone. We're almost through this.  Our continuing read more >>

ID Nation: Early Spring Challenges

By |March 18th, 2021|Podcast|

Spring is here and birders across North America, including new pandemic birders for whom this might be their very first spring migration as a birder, are looking forward to birds return. And to help them along, we're starting a new regular feature on the American Birding Podcast, an identification roundtable. This time we tackle early spring ID challenges with a couple crack birders, Tom Johnson from Field Guides and artist and ornithology graduate student Marky Mutchler. Join us as we chat waterthrushes, blackbirds, and strategies for approaching big groups of migrating birds. Also, it's March Madness read more >>

Rare Bird Alert: March 12, 2021

By |March 12th, 2021|Rare Bird Alert|

Because of continuing COVID-19 cases in many states and provinces, the purpose of this report is to keep homebound birders caught up rare bird sightings across the ABA Area. The ABA encourages readers to respect state, provincial, and local suggestions with regard to non-essential travel. The ABA’s Recording Standards and Ethics Committee has released guidelines on how birders should approach this ongoing pandemic and we urge birders, whether they are members of the ABA or not, to consider traveling to see a rare bird. Stay safe and healthy, everyone. We're almost through this.  Notable continuing read more >>

Birding, annotated, with Ted Floyd

By |March 11th, 2021|Podcast|

Birding editor Ted Floyd and host Nate Swick try something a little different this time around. They went birding, each in their respective neighborhoods, and come back together to talk about it. Join them as they wend our way through sparrows, crows, and Bushtits around their homes, with a detour into gannets and gulls (which neither saw). It's birding, annotated. And in case you wanted to follow along, here's Ted's checklist from Lafayette, Colorado, and here's Nate's from Greensboro, North Carolina. Plus, congratulations to our 2021 ABA Young Birders of the Year, Katie Warner of Vancouver, Washington, read more >>

Rare Bird Alert: March 5, 2021

By |March 5th, 2021|Rare Bird Alert|

Though COVID-19 cases in many states and provinces are declining, the purpose of this report is to keep homebound birders caught up rare bird sightings across the ABA Area. We do not endorse the pursuit of rare birds beyond your local area. The ABA urges readers to respect state, provincial, and local restrictions on non-essential travel. The ABA’s Recording Standards and Ethics Committee has released guidelines on how birders should approach this ongoing pandemic and we urge birders, whether they are members of the ABA or not, to consider them when deciding whether to travel to read more >>

This Month in Birding – February 2021

By |February 25th, 2021|Podcast|

Jennie Duberstein, Jordan Rutter, and Brodie Cass Talbott join host Nate Swick to round up the birding news of the month, including owl drama in NYC and the question of whether the Patagonia Picnic Table Effect is a real thing or not.

Birding Through Pandemic and Cancer with Rebecca Heisman

By |February 11th, 2021|Podcast|

The year 2020 was an especially difficult one for many of us, but for writer and birder Rebecca Heisman, perhaps more than most. In addition to the responsibilities of being the parent of a young child in a year of pandemic, she dealt with a cancer diagnosis that upturned what was already something of a turbulent year. Through it all, birds became, what she calls in an essay recently published at Audubon, a thread of sanity She joins Nate Swick to talk about her trying year and what comes next. Also, Pileated Woodpecker stories from Cecelia read more >>

2021 AOS Classification Committee Proposals, Part 1

By |February 10th, 2021|Listing and Taxonomy|

There are few constants in these helter-skelter times, but the birding world can always depend on the bird taxonomy proposals submitted to the American Ornithological Society’s North and Middle American Classification Committee. And as we have done in years' past, we offer the first chunk of the new bird taxonomy proposals submitted to the the AOS-NACC, the volunteer group of ornithologists who make the split, lump, and name-change decisions that influence the ABA Checklist and our field guides. A couple things to note, including the usual caveat that these are just proposals and the committee has yet to read more >>

Rare Bird Alert: January 22, 2021

By |January 22nd, 2021|Rare Bird Alert|

Because of rising COVID-19 cases in many states and provinces, the purpose of this report is to keep homebound birders caught up rare bird sightings across the ABA Area. We do not endorse the pursuit of rare birds beyond your local area. The ABA urges readers to respect state, provincial, and local restrictions on non-essential travel. The ABA’s Recording Standards and Ethics Committee has released guidelines on how birders should approach this ongoing pandemic and we urge birders, whether they are members of the ABA or not, to consider them when deciding whether to travel to see a read more >>

Rare Bird Alert: January 15, 2021

By |January 15th, 2021|Rare Bird Alert|

Because of rising COVID-19 cases in many states and provinces, the purpose of this report is to keep homebound birders caught up rare bird sightings across the ABA Area. We do not endorse the pursuit of rare birds beyond your local area. The ABA urges readers to respect state, provincial, and local restrictions on non-essential travel. The ABA’s Recording Standards and Ethics Committee has released guidelines on how birders should approach this ongoing pandemic and we urge birders, whether they are members of the ABA or not, to consider them when deciding whether to travel to see a read more >>

Rare Bird Alert: January 8, 2021

By |January 8th, 2021|Rare Bird Alert|

Because of rising COVID-19 cases in many states and provinces, the purpose of this report is to keep homebound birders caught up rare bird sightings across the ABA Area. We do not endorse the pursuit of rare birds beyond your local area. The ABA urges readers to respect state, provincial, and local restrictions on non-essential travel. The ABA’s Recording Standards and Ethics Committee has released guidelines on how birders should approach this ongoing pandemic and we urge birders, whether they are members of the ABA or not, to consider them when deciding whether to travel to see a read more >>

A Guide to Bird Behavior with John Kricher

By |January 7th, 2021|Podcast|

Author, educator, and scientist John Kricher's new book on Bird Behavior is a nice addition to the excellent Peterson Reference Guide series. He joins Nate to chat about this culmination of his career and the nuances of communicating complicated concepts to laypeople.

Four Years of the American Birding Podcast

By |December 31st, 2020|Podcast|

We didn't intend to make an episode this week, but friend of the podcast Jordan Rutter came to me (Nate) and suggested that instead of the regular podcast we should do a special one where she interviews *me* for a change. So that's what we did. Enjoy and Happy New Year! ABA members are eligible for a 15% discount to Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Birds of the World subscription. Log into your ABA account to get the code. Subscribe to the podcast at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, and Google Play, and please leave a rating or a review if you are so read more >>

This Month in Birding – December 2020

By |December 24th, 2020|Uncategorized|

This episode has been removed from the feed because it features an individual who was credibly accused of sexual assault against another birder. We are attempting to re-cut this in the hopes of salvaging it, and will hopefully be able to return it to this spot at some point in the future. Thank you for your patience. The American Birding Podcast brings together staff and friends of the American Birding Association as we talk about birds, birding, travel and conservation in North America and beyond. Join host Nate read more >>

Rare Bird Alert: December 11, 2020

By |December 11th, 2020|Rare Bird Alert|

The ABA's 7th Ruddy Ground-Dove in Key West, Florida, is the latest in a string of good birds in the Sunshine State. This week also saw 1st records of Cassin's Kingbird in Tennessee and Barnacle Goose in the District of Columbia.

Birding Stories from ABA Friends

By |December 3rd, 2020|Podcast|

Greg Neise and Hannah Floyd each have a story to tell in this episode of the American Birding Podcast. Enjoy the spills, thrills, and warbling trills of Greg's record-breaking Big Day. And Hannah enjoys a winter day's birding during the pandemic.

Rare Bird Alert: November 20, 2020

By |November 20th, 2020|Rare Bird Alert|

It's a great week for wayward flycatchers in the ABA Area, with Variegated Flycatcher in Ontario, Cuban Pewee in Florida, and Newfoundland's 1st record of Vermilion Flycatcher. British Columbia, Ohio, and Idaho also host 1sts this week.

What Now in Bird Policy with Tykee James

By |November 19th, 2020|Podcast|

With a new presidential administration with new conservation priorities on the horizon, Tykee James of On Word for Wildlife joins us to talk about what birders and conservationists in the United States can expect in the next few months.

Rare Bird Alert: November 13, 2020

By |November 13th, 2020|Rare Bird Alert|

Virginia becomes the latest state in 2020 to host a Gray Heron, the farthest south this species has been seen in the ABA Area and only the 2nd Lower 48 record. Also, Ash-throated Flycatchers spread across the continent and Evening Grosbeaks hit Florida!

Rare Bird Alert: October 30, 2020

By |October 30th, 2020|Rare Bird Alert|

Arizona leads with continuing rarities for yet another week, headlined by Eared Quetzals (ABA Code 4) and a Northern Jacana (4). Florida continues to host a Black-faced Grassquit (4)  and California has a Red-footed Booby (4). What a week for rare birds with a pair of absolute stunners for the ABA Area. We'll start with the one that many birders got to enjoy up in British Columbia. A Red-backed Shrike (5) in Powell River is the ABA Area's 2nd record (or 2.5th depending on how you count the northern California hybrid from years ago). That first bird, read more >>

Rare Bird Alert: October 23, 2020

By |October 23rd, 2020|Rare Bird Alert|

Continuing rarities in the ABA Area come from the south, with the European Golden-Plover (ABA Code 4) in New Mexico still hanging on, and Northern Jacana (4) and Eared Quetzal (4) still being seen in Arizona, at least through the beginning of the week. Florida birders are also keeping tabs on the Red-legged Thrush (5) and Black-faced Grassquit (4) in the Keys. Fall is peak vagrant time for the west coast, and Oregon is coming on strong as they have for the last couple weeks. Most exciting is the potential state 1st Oriental Greenfinch seen in read more >>

Birding in the COVID-19 Era, Part 2

By |October 22nd, 2020|Podcast|

We are now in the 7th month of this COVID pandemic purgatory, and way way back in April of this year Birding magazine editor Ted Floyd and host Nate Swick had a conversation about what birding will look like during the pandemic. Well, here we are in October, looking at a long winter wherein COVID is still a concern, but at least we have a slightly greater perspective on what we know and what we don’t about everything. Also, join Nate for Auk the Vote this weekend! Subscribe to the podcast at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, and Google Play, read more >>

Rare Bird Alert: October 16, 2020

By |October 16th, 2020|Rare Bird Alert|

As it has all summer and well into the fall, the southwest part of the ABA Area has been full of great birds. This week is no exception, especially with continuing rarities like European Golden-Plover (ABA Code 4) in New Mexico, and Eared Quetzal (4), Northern Jacana (4), and Berylline Hummingbird (4) in Arizona. Alaska has been quieter this year because of the pandemic, but birders willing to travel round the mainland have had some luck. Mostly notably with a Song Thrush (5) in Utqiagvik. This is not only an Alaska 1st but an ABA Area 2nd read more >>

Sage-grouse Politics and the American West with Ashley Ahearn

By |October 15th, 2020|Podcast|

The Greater Sage-Grouse is one of the more bizarre birds in North America and frequently a flashpoint for conservation and land management concerns in the American west.  Ashley Ahearn is a public radio and podcast journalist who put herself in the middle of that conflict to create Grouse, an audio series produced by BirdNote and available at all the usual podcast places. She joins host Nate Swick to talk about sage-grouse politics and what it says about the environmental issues we face in the 21st Century. Also, check out Jason Ward on Wait Wait Don't Tell read more >>

The Secret Life of Rails with Auriel Fournier

By |October 8th, 2020|Podcast|

Rails are a mysterious and enigmatic family, often requiring and rewarding effort. Researcher Auriel Fournier knows that more than most, and her work with rails in Missouri has shed some light on how these birds migrate, and how they use the landscape when they do. Auriel joins host Nate Swick to talk rallidae and STEM outreach for women. This interview was originally released on August 24, 2017. Here's the link to Paul Riss's documentary Rare Bird Alert. Also, Nate has some thoughts about wildlife illiteracy and rare bird reporting. Subscribe to the podcast at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, and Google Play, read more >>

Rare Bird Alert: October 2, 2020

By |October 2nd, 2020|Rare Bird Alert|

The amazing Eared Quetzal irruption continues and New Mexico gets into the fun with its 1st record. Northwest Territories boasts a 1st Nashville Warbler and British Columbia hosts a strange pairing of Red-legged Kittiwake and Nazca Booby.

Noc-Mig Magic with Mark James Pearson

By |October 1st, 2020|Podcast|

Recording and identifying nocturnal flight calls has been a popular way for birders in the ABA Area to document migration, and has inspired an entire community to keep track of those tseep and chips passing overhead this time of year. The COVID-19 pandemic and stay at home orders all over the world have motivated a similar passion in the famously intense UK birding community, and birders recording and documenting Noc-Mig, as it’s called, have made some fascinating discoveries about migration in Europe. Naturalist Mark James Pearson of Yorkshire, UK, is a relatively recent convert and he read more >>

This Month in Birding – September 2020

By |September 24th, 2020|Podcast|

Host Nate Swick is joined by Nicole Jackson, Nick Lund, and Mo Stych to talk about all the birding news from September 2020 including mysterious bird deaths, waffle-eating Wood Storks, and a new bird mascot for the University of Illinois.

Rare Bird Alert: September 18, 2020

By |September 18th, 2020|Rare Bird Alert|

Hurricane Sally made landfall this week, bringing Mississippi's 1st record of Red-footed Booby with it. Oregon also gets a 1st with Yellow-bellied Flycatcher. And Black-throated Gray Warblers and Neotropic Cormorants continue to turn up across the east.

My So-Called Lifer: Ornithology in High School with Steve Maguire

By |September 17th, 2020|Podcast|

Most people perceive ornithology as a college course, one of those science electives that can get people into birding long-term. But what if we brought it down to high school and appealed to more students from more backgrounds? That’s the goal of high school teacher Steve Maguire, who has been teaching ornithology in a Massachusetts high school for several years. He joins host Nate Swick to talk about his experiences. Also, a Migratory Bird Treaty update and Nate teaches you how to be a wicked pisher. Thanks to Field Guides for sponsoring this episode. Check out read more >>

Birding Book Club: All of a Family

By |September 10th, 2020|Podcast|

It’s time for the American Birding Podcast Birding Book Club and host Nate Swick welcomes bird media reviewers Frank Izaguirre from the ABA’s Birding magazine and Donna Schulman from the website 10,000 Birds to talk family specific guides. What are those, you might ask. We'll chat about identification guides or reference books that focus specifically on one group of birds, frequently, though not always strictly speaking, a family as defined taxonomically. Shorebirds, warblers, raptors, and birds-of-paradise are on the agenda. Thanks to Buteo Books for sponsoring this episode. You can find every one of these titles read more >>

Rare Bird Alert: August 28, 2020

By |August 28th, 2020|Rare Bird Alert|

Brown Boobys are all over the midwest, with birds in Tennessee, Ontario, and Ohio, the latter representing the state's 1st. But bird of the week comes from Florida where Thick-billed Vireos have evidently nested for a second straight year.

This Month in Birding – August 2020

By |August 27th, 2020|Podcast|

It’s the last Thursday of the month and that means it’s time once again for This Month in Birding. This month's esteemed panel this month has more of a western bent, significantly pulling the mean location of panelists a little bit closer to the Mississippi River at least. We welcome Canada-based bird educator and researcher Jody Allair, ABA Young-birder liaison and Sonoran Joint Venture coordinator Jennie Duberstein, and host of the Fowl Mouths podcast, Sean Milnes. We talk Thick-billed Longspur, Audubon's reckoning with their namesake, the retirement of Ron Pittaway and his Winter Bird Forecast, and read more >>

Secrets of Slow Birding with Bridget Butler

By |August 13th, 2020|Podcast|

Vermont naturalist Bridget Butler has been pushing for birders to better appreciate their immediate surroundings with her “Slow Birding” initiative. She joins host Nate Swick to talk about how birding can create a connection to yourself and the place where you live. 

The Evolution of Online Birding with Mike Bergin

By |August 6th, 2020|Podcast|

In 2020 birders have taken to the internet in droves, but the adoption of perhaps the history’s most profound technological advancement by birders hasn’t been entirely smooth. In all those fits and starts, one person who has been here since the beginning has been Mike Bergin.  Mike’s blog, 10,000 Birds, which he now shares with Corey Finger, has been a nearly constant presence in the birdosphere for almost 15 years. He joins host Nate Swick to chat about where we’ve been, where we’re going, and what it's like to be a birder online. Also, Travis Audubon read more >>

Rare Bird Alert: July 31, 2020

By |July 31st, 2020|Rare Bird Alert|

Because of COVID-19 related Stay-at-Home orders in many states and provinces, the purpose of this report is to keep homebound birders caught up rare bird sightings across the ABA Area during spring migration. We do not endorse the pursuit of rare birds beyond your local area. The ABA urges readers to respect state, provincial, and local restrictions on non-essential travel. The ABA’s Recording Standards and Ethics Committee has released guidelines on how birders should approach this unusual time and we urge birders, whether they are members of the ABA or not, to consider them when deciding whether to read more >>

This Month in Birding – July 2020

By |July 30th, 2020|Uncategorized|

IThis episode has been removed from the feed because it features an individual who was credibly accused of sexual assault against another birder. We are attempting to re-cut this in the hopes of salvaging it, and will hopefully be able to return it to this spot at some point in the future. Thank you for your patience. The American Birding Podcast brings together staff and friends of the American Birding Association as we talk about birds, birding, travel and conservation in North America and beyond. Join host Nate read more >>

Rare Bird Alert: July 24, 2020

By |July 24th, 2020|Rare Bird Alert|

Because of COVID-19 related Stay-at-Home orders in many states and provinces, the purpose of this report is to keep homebound birders caught up rare bird sightings across the ABA Area during spring migration. We do not endorse the pursuit of rare birds beyond your local area. The ABA urges readers to respect state, provincial, and local restrictions on non-essential travel. The ABA’s Recording Standards and Ethics Committee has released guidelines on how birders should approach this unusual time and we urge birders, whether they are members of the ABA or not, to consider them when deciding whether to read more >>

Secrets of Shade-Grown Coffee with Ruth Bennett

By |July 23rd, 2020|Podcast|

Every bird organization on the planet encourages bird-friendly coffee, but what does that mean, why are there so many bird-friendly standards, and why is it so important for migratory birds? Dr. Ruth Bennett of the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center has the answers. She’s an avian ecologist with the Smithsonian Bird Friendly habitat initiative which works to optimize bird diversity in commercial coffee and cocoa agro-forests. Hopefully her interview will have you rushing to purchase some ABA Songbird Coffee from Thanksgiving Coffee Company or any coffee from SMBC's list of shade-grown producers. Also, statue news we can read more >>

Rare Bird Alert: July 17, 2020

By |July 17th, 2020|Rare Bird Alert|

Because of COVID-19 related Stay-at-Home orders in many states and provinces, the purpose of this report is to keep homebound birders caught up rare bird sightings across the ABA Area during spring migration. We do not endorse the pursuit of rare birds beyond your local area. The ABA urges readers to respect state, provincial, and local restrictions on non-essential travel. The ABA’s Recording Standards and Ethics Committee has released guidelines on how birders should approach this unusual time and we urge birders, whether they are members of the ABA or not, to consider them when deciding whether to read more >>

J. J. Audubon and the Bird of Washington Fraud with Matthew Halley

By |July 16th, 2020|Podcast|

John James Audubon is frequently referred to with reverence as the father of the North American ornithology, and has a public reputation that is nearly impeccable. He has birds named after him, the country’s best known bird organization has his name, and is widely acknowledged as both a skilled painter and the best of the gentleman naturalists of the 19th century. But not so fast, says ornithologist and historian Matthew Halley, in a recently published article in Bulletin of the British Ornithologist’s Club called "Audubon's Bird of Washington: unravelling the fraud that launched The birds of America". read more >>

Rare Bird Alert: July 10, 2020

By |July 10th, 2020|Rare Bird Alert|

Because of COVID-19 related Stay-at-Home orders in many states and provinces, the purpose of this report is to keep homebound birders caught up rare bird sightings across the ABA Area during spring migration. We do not endorse the pursuit of rare birds beyond your local area. The ABA urges readers to respect state, provincial, and local restrictions on non-essential travel. The ABA’s Recording Standards and Ethics Committee has released guidelines on how birders should approach this unusual time and we urge birders, whether they are members of the ABA or not, to consider them when deciding whether to read more >>

How Birders can Save the Migratory Bird Treaty Act with Tykee James

By |July 9th, 2020|Podcast|

Birders are undoubtedly familiar with the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, at least by name, and recent proposed changes to that venerable piece of conservation legislation by the Trump Administration have environmental groups concerned about the long-term impacts on birds. Tykee James, host of On Word for Wildlife, a wildlife and politics podcast on the Wildlife Observer Network, and a government affairs professional joins host Nate Swick to talk about what the MBTA does and what birders can do to address these changes including commenting here before July 20! Also, thoughts on the AOS's McCown's Longspur announcement read more >>

Rare Bird Alert: July 3, 2020

By |July 3rd, 2020|Rare Bird Alert|

Because of COVID-19 related Stay-at-Home orders in many states and provinces, the purpose of this report is to keep homebound birders caught up rare bird sightings across the ABA Area during spring migration. We do not endorse the pursuit of rare birds beyond your local area. The ABA urges readers to respect state, provincial, and local restrictions on non-essential travel. The ABA’s Recording Standards and Ethics Committee has released guidelines on how birders should approach this unusual time and we urge birders, whether they are members of the ABA or not, to consider them when deciding whether to read more >>

Conservation, Cooperation, and NABCI with Judith Scarl

By |July 2nd, 2020|Podcast|

When it comes to bird conservation in North America, there are so many groups that need to be engaged. You've got government agencies from many nations alongside multiple non-profits all invested in protecting birds. But how do they know to coordinate efforts, to spread their influence, or at least, how not to get in each other’s way. Into this space comes the North American Bird Conservation Initiative--NABCI for short-- whose US coordinator Judith Scarl joins Nate Swick to talk about how they get it all done. Plus, another Cedar Waxwing Story from Tyler Wilson of Bend, read more >>

Rare Bird Alert: June 26, 2020

By |June 26th, 2020|Rare Bird Alert|

Because of COVID-19 related Stay-at-Home orders in many states and provinces, the purpose of this report is to keep homebound birders caught up rare bird sightings across the ABA Area during spring migration. We do not endorse the pursuit of rare birds beyond your local area. The ABA urges readers to respect state, provincial, and local restrictions on non-essential travel. The ABA’s Recording Standards and Ethics Committee has released guidelines on how birders should approach this unusual time and we urge birders, whether they are members of the ABA or not, to consider them when deciding whether to read more >>

This Month in Birding – June 2020

By |June 25th, 2020|Podcast|

It's This Month in Birding, a panel discussion covering the best bird news we might have missed here at the ABP for the last month. This episode features a panel of science writers and birders, Ryan Mandelbaum of IBM and Gizmodo, Purbita Saha of Popular Science and The Birdist Nick Lund! We cover Black Birders Week, Female Bird Day, murder loons, politics that birders needs to watch out for, and everybody's hottest bird takes. Links to topics discussed: Black Birders Week Female Bird Day Hooded Warbler Females take on nesting themselves A loon murders an eagle? read more >>

Rare Bird Alert: June 19, 2020

By |June 19th, 2020|Rare Bird Alert|

Because of COVID-19 related Stay-at-Home orders in many states and provinces, the purpose of this report is to keep homebound birders caught up rare bird sightings across the ABA Area during spring migration. We do not endorse the pursuit of rare birds beyond your local area. The ABA urges readers to respect state, provincial, and local restrictions on non-essential travel. The ABA’s Recording Standards and Ethics Committee has released guidelines on how birders should approach this unusual time and we urge birders, whether they are members of the ABA or not, to consider them when deciding whether to travel read more >>

#BlackBirdersWeek and Its Impact with Corina Newsome & Tykee James

By |June 18th, 2020|Podcast|

Following birder Christian Cooper’s encounter with a racist white woman in Central Park on Memorial Day, a group of Black birders and naturalists created #BlackBirdersWeek, an online event to celebrate Black naturalists and scientists and to draw attention to the unique issues birding can pose to Black people. Co-organizers Corina Newsome and Tykee James join host Nate Swick to talk about what the week meant to them, and where we need to go from here. Corina Newsome is an ornithology graduate student at Georgia Southern University and Tykee James is the government affairs coordinator for National read more >>

Rare Bird Alert: June 12, 2020

By |June 12th, 2020|Rare Bird Alert|

Because of COVID-19 related Stay-at-Home orders in many states and provinces, the purpose of this report is to keep homebound birders caught up rare bird sightings across the ABA Area during spring migration. We do not endorse the pursuit of rare birds beyond your local area. The ABA urges readers to respect state, provincial, and local restrictions on non-essential travel. The ABA’s Recording Standards and Ethics Committee has released guidelines on how birders should approach this unusual time and we urge birders, whether they are members of the ABA or not, to consider them when deciding whether to read more >>

2020 Splits and Lumps with Nick Block

By |June 11th, 2020|Podcast|

It’s split and lump season again. And that means Dr. Nick Block, professor of Biology at Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts and Secretary of the ABA’s Recording Standards and Ethics Committee, is back on the podcast. He joins host Nate Swick  to talk Northwestern Crow, Great White Heron, messy duck genetics, and scrub-less jays. #BlackBirdersWeek was last week! Don't miss the Birding while Black panels. Session 1 and Session 2 can be found on Facebook. ABA members are eligible for a 15% discount to Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Birds of the World subscription. Log into your ABA account read more >>

Rare Bird Alert: June 5, 2020

By |June 5th, 2020|Rare Bird Alert|

Because of COVID-19 related Stay-at-Home orders in many states and provinces, the purpose of this report is to keep homebound birders caught up rare bird sightings across the ABA Area during spring migration. We do not endorse the pursuit of rare birds beyond your local area. The ABA urges readers to respect state, provincial, and local restrictions on non-essential travel. The ABA’s Recording Standards and Ethics Committee has released guidelines on how birders should approach this unusual time and we urge birders, whether they are members of the ABA or not, to consider them when deciding whether to read more >>

What It’s Like to Be a Bird with David Sibley

By |June 4th, 2020|Podcast|

David Sibley hardly needs an introduction to the ABA’s audience. He is the author and illustrator of what is the most popular field guide in North America, and the one simply known by his name - The Sibley Guide, now in its second edition. David has a new book out earlier this year, What It’s Like to Be a Bird: What Birds are doing and Why – from Flying to Nesting, Eating to Singing. It is a look at the fascinating behaviors and lives of our familiar birds, and, of course, a vehicle for David’s amazing read more >>

Rare Bird Alert: May 29, 2020

By |May 29th, 2020|Rare Bird Alert|

Because of COVID-19 related Stay-at-Home orders in many states and provinces, the purpose of this report is to keep homebound birders caught up rare bird sightings across the ABA Area during spring migration. We do not endorse the pursuit of rare birds beyond your local area. The ABA urges readers to respect state, provincial, and local restrictions on non-essential travel. The ABA’s Recording Standards and Ethics Committee has released guidelines on how birders should approach this unusual time and we urge birders, whether they are members of the ABA or not, to consider them when deciding whether read more >>

This Month in Birding – May 2020

By |May 28th, 2020|Podcast|

The American Birding Podcast brings you This Month in Birding, a panel discussion covering the best bird news we might have missed here at the ABP for the last month. This episode features a panel of birding podcasts, Sean Milnes of Fowl Mouths Podcast and Sarah Bloemers and Mo Stych of Bird Sh't. It's a conversation that covers the gamut from Piping Plover love and the best birding clothes to Fast and the Furious and Samuel L. Jackson. Links to topics discussed: AOS changes the name of The Auk Piping Plovers in Chicago What to Wear While read more >>

Rare Bird Alert: May 22, 2020

By |May 22nd, 2020|Rare Bird Alert, Uncategorized|

Because of COVID-19 related Stay-at-Home orders in many states and provinces, the purpose of this report is to keep homebound birders caught up rare bird sightings across the ABA Area during spring migration. We do not endorse the pursuit of rare birds beyond your local area. The ABA urges readers to respect state, provincial, and local restrictions on non-essential travel. The ABA’s Recording Standards and Ethics Committee has released guidelines on how birders should approach this unusual time and we urge birders, whether they are members of not, to consider them when deciding whether to travel to read more >>

Rare Bird Alert: May 15, 2020

By |May 15th, 2020|Rare Bird Alert, Uncategorized|

Because of COVID-19 related Stay-at-Home orders in many states and provinces, the purpose of this report is to keep homebound birders caught up rare bird sightings across the ABA Area during spring migration. We do not endorse the pursuit of rare birds beyond your local area. The ABA urges readers to respect state, provincial, and local restrictions on non-essential travel. The ABA’s Recording Standards and Ethics Committee has released guidelines on how birders should approach this unusual time and we urge birders, whether they are members of not, to consider them when deciding whether to travel to read more >>

Birding Book Club – Big Year Narratives

By |May 14th, 2020|Podcast|

In recent years it has seemed as though doing an ABA Area Big Year means that you have to write a book about it, but the form's roots can be traced to Roger Tory Peterson himself. What makes them so popular? Are they travelogue, sporting conquest, adventure, or some combination? Or is the appeal as simple as wish fulfillment? 10,000 Birds media reviewer Donna Schulman and Birding magazine media review editor Frank Izaguirre join host Nate Swick to talk about Big Year narratives and what makes them great in the first edition of the ABP Birding read more >>

Rare Bird Alert: May 8, 2020

By |May 8th, 2020|Rare Bird Alert|

Because of COVID-19 related Stay-at-Home orders in many states and provinces, the purpose of this report is to keep homebound birders caught up rare bird sightings across the ABA Area during spring migration. The ABA urges readers to respect state, provincial, and local restrictions on non-essential travel. The ABA’s Recording Standards and Ethics Committee has released guidelines on how birders should approach this unusual time and we urge birders, whether they are members of not, to consider them when deciding whether to travel to see a rare bird. Stay safe and healthy. everyone. Both continuing rarities we're keeping read more >>

The Bird Way with Jennifer Ackerman

By |May 7th, 2020|Podcast|

Welcome to the new weekly American Birding Podcast! Jennifer Ackerman is the New York Times best-selling author and essayist who wrote The Genius of Birds and a great many other science books. Her newest, out this week, is The Bird Way: A New Look at how Birds Talk, Work, Play, Parent, and Think. It's a companion to that much loved earlier book, exploring the many creative, novel, and bizarre ways in which birds approach problems that they face and what that says about bird cognition and intelligence. Also, a Cedar Waxwing story from Karina Li of read more >>

Rare Bird Alert: May 1, 2020

By |May 1st, 2020|Rare Bird Alert|

Because of COVID-19 related Stay-at-Home orders in many states and provinces, the purpose of this report is to keep homebound birders caught up rare bird sightings across the ABA Area during spring migration. The ABA urges readers to respect state, provincial, and local restrictions on non-essential travel. The ABA’s Recording Standards and Ethics Committee has released guidelines on how birders should approach this unusual time and we urge birders, whether they are members of not, to consider them when deciding whether to travel to see a rare bird. Stay safe and healthy. everyone. Migration is fully on now, read more >>

This Month in Birding – April 2020

By |April 30th, 2020|Uncategorized|

This episode has been removed from the feed because it features an individual who was credibly accused of violent sexual assault against another birder. We are attempting to re-cut this in the hopes of salvaging it, and will hopefully be able to return it to this spot at some point in the future. Thank you for your patience. The American Birding Podcast brings together staff and friends of the American Birding Association as we talk about birds, birding, travel and conservation in North America and beyond. Join read more >>

Rare Bird Alert: April 24, 2020

By |April 24th, 2020|Rare Bird Alert|

Because of COVID-19 related Stay-at-Home orders in many states and provinces, the purpose of this report is to keep homebound birders caught up rare bird sightings across the ABA Area during spring migration. The ABA urges readers to respect state, provincial, and local restrictions on non-essential travel. The ABA’s Recording Standards and Ethics Committee has released guidelines on how birders should approach this unusual time and we urge birders, whether they are members of not, to consider them when deciding whether to travel to see a rare bird. Stay safe and healthy. everyone. The Garganey (ABA Code read more >>

Rare Bird Alert: April 17, 2020

By |April 17th, 2020|Rare Bird Alert|

Because of COVID-19 related Stay-at-Home orders in many states and provinces, the purpose of this report is to keep homebound birders caught up rare bird sightings across the ABA Area during spring migration. The ABA urges readers to respect state, provincial, and local restrictions on non-essential travel. The ABA’s Recording Standards and Ethics Committee has released guidelines on how birders should approach this unusual time and we urge birders, whether they are members of not, to consider them when deciding whether to travel to see a rare bird. Stay safe and healthy. everyone. It's Ruff season across much read more >>

Birding in the COVID-19 Era with Ted Floyd & Brodie Cass Talbott

By |April 16th, 2020|Podcast|

The COVID-19 crisis has forced us all to take stock of how we do everything, and birding and birding community events are hardly unique. It's impossible to think about anything else so we just decided to devote an entire episode to it. Host Nate Swick is joined by Brodie Cass Talbott, an educator from Portland Audubon, in Portland, Oregon, who has been adapting to this situation in novel ways, and frequent guest Birding editor Ted Floyd. They talk about how bird clubs are adapting, what we should expect from our fellow birders as the pandemic continues, and read more >>

Rare Bird Alert: April 10, 2020

By |April 10th, 2020|Rare Bird Alert|

Because of COVID-19 related Stay-at-Home orders in many states and provinces, the purpose of this report is to keep homebound birders caught up rare bird sightings across the ABA Area during spring migration. The ABA urges readers to respect state, provincial, and local restrictions on non-essential travel. The ABA's Recording Standards and Ethics Committee has released guidelines on how birders should approach this unusual time and we urge birders, whether they are members of not, to consider them when deciding whether to travel to see a rare bird. Stay safe and healthy. everyone. Shockingly, we have read more >>

Rare Bird Alert: April 3, 2020

By |April 3rd, 2020|Rare Bird Alert|

We're still going to continue doing this weekly feature even while COVID-19 is making birding and, especially, rarity chasing more difficult. Please abide by state and local restrictions on movement and CDC recommendations on groups. We at the ABA still believe that birding can be practiced responsibly in this strange time, and we urge birders in our community to take these precautions seriously so that we can continue to do so. In returning vagrants, the Garganey (ABA Code 4) in California was seen into this week. The Florida rarities we hd been keeping tabs on for several read more >>

Birdsong for the Curious Naturalist with Don Kroodsma

By |April 2nd, 2020|Podcast|

It’s hard to step out your backdoor these days without being overwhelmed by birdsong. Spring is easing northward across the continent and with it, an increase in the activities of birds. Few people know this like ornithologist and author Donald Kroodsma, professor emeritus or ornithology at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and the author of a great many books on bird vocalizations. He joins host Nate Swick today to talk about his most recent book, Birdsong for the Curious Naturalist just in time for the annual explosion of birdsong in the northern hemisphere. Also, is birding read more >>

Rare Bird Alert: March 27, 2020

By |March 27th, 2020|Rare Bird Alert|

Zugunruhe is taking hold among our remaining ABA Area vagrants. Well, zugunruhe or the fact that the sites where they are found are closing due to the COVID-19 outbreak (in the case of the long-staying La Sagra's Flycatcher in Florida at least).

Rare Bird Alert: March 20, 2020

By |March 20th, 2020|Rare Bird Alert|

Birders are self-isolating but that doesn't yet mean we can't go out birding provided we take proper precautions. You may as well take advantage of this time to find some interesting birds. Even in this strange time, the continuing foursome of notable ABA vagrants is the same as it has been for a while. Thick-billed Vireo (ABA Code 4) and La Sagra's Flycatcher (4) in Florida, a Garganey (4) in California, and that Siberian Accentor (4) Washington. It's getting ridiculous in south Texas with regard to Fork-tailed Flycatchers (3) and one more--I think the third this year--was found read more >>

A Message from the ABA Regarding the COVID-19 Emergency

By |March 19th, 2020|Current|

Dear ABA Members and Friends, The past week has been unlike anything any of us have ever experienced. As is the case with all of you, our lives as members of the ABA staff have been filled with anxiety and disruption. Fortunately, all of us on the staff remain healthy, and we have in place a solid plan for working from our homes. The ABA is open for business, and we expect to be able to continue operations for the foreseeable future. With this letter to you, we will outline the ABA programs that will function essentially read more >>

Bird Rehab Behind the Scenes with Ioana Seritan

By |March 19th, 2020|Podcast|

The world of bird rehabilitation is a unique aspect of the way that people interact with birds, and those that do the dirty work of helping wild birds get back to normal following scrapes with human things get an up close and personal look at birds that many of us just look at through binoculars or scopes. Birding Magazine Associate Editor Ioana Seritan does just that in her day job. She's a Wildlife Rehabilitation Technician at the International Bird Rescue in California’s Bay Area and she joins host Nate Swick to talk about bird rehab from read more >>

Rare Bird Alert: March 13, 2020

By |March 13th, 2020|Rare Bird Alert|

Noteworthy birds in the ABA Area not practicing social distancing from ABA Area birders this week (I'm so sorry), include the the Siberian Accentor (ABA Code 4) in Washington, the Garganey (4) in California, and continuing La Sagra's Flycatcher (4) and Thick-billed Vireo (4) in Florida. It was another relatively slow week around the ABA Area in terms of rare birds, but a Great Cormorant in Elbert, Georgia is a nice bird much farther south than one would typically expect this species. The most noteworthy new bird of the week comes from Iowa, where a Smew (4) read more >>

Rare Bird Alert: March 6, 2020

By |March 6th, 2020|Rare Bird Alert|

Still continuing into the first week of spring, at least meteorologically speaking, Garganey (ABA Code 4) in California, and the Caribbean pair of La Sagra's Flycatcher (4) and Thick-billed Vireo (4) Florida. The Siberian Accentor (4) in Washington was seen into this week as well, a real treat for birders still looking to see this special Siberian vagrant. We are well into the early spring doldrums with regard to significant ABA Area rarities, though your part of the continent is probably seeing an increase in bird song of late and activity if my neighborhood is any read more >>

Rare Bird Alert: February 28, 2020

By |February 28th, 2020|Rare Bird Alert|

Washington continues to host a Siberian Accentor (4) into this week, and Florida birders are continuing to keep track of a pair of Caribbean specialities in the south of the state in the form of a Thick-billed Vireo (4) and a La Sagra’s Flycatcher (4).

Rare Bird Alert: February 21, 2020

By |February 21st, 2020|Rare Bird Alert|

Rare birds continuing into the third week of February include the stunning Siberian Accentor (ABA Code 4) in Washington, plus of familiars La Sagra's Flycatcher (4) in Florida and Garganey (4) in California. There was one first record to report this week, in North Carolina where a Bronzed Cowbird visiting a feeder in Carteret would be a state 1st. Bronzed Cowbird is typically a bird of the south-central and southwest of the ABA Area but has been moving eastward in recently years to the point where it is uncommon but regular in Florida. And speaking of Florida, read more >>

Rare Bird Alert: February 14, 2020

By |February 14th, 2020|Rare Bird Alert|

Last week's Siberian Accentor (ABA Code 4) in Washington joins the familiar La Sagra's Flycatcher (4) in Florida and long-staying Garganey (4) in California in the continuing category. The Accentor appears to be pretty pretty reliable these days, which is fantastic for all the birders who have made the trip to see this stunning east Asian vagrant.

Rare Bird Alert: January 31, 2020

By |January 31st, 2020|Rare Bird Alert|

As with last week, a La Sagra's Flycatcher (ABA Code 4) in Florida and a Garganey (4) in California represent the continuing continental rarities. Newfoundland has had an excellent winter for Redwing (4), and the third of the season was found this week in Clarenville, not entirely unexpected this time of year in the eastern most point of North America. Photo: Pauline Drover, used with permission It has already been a noteworthy winter for vagrant alcids, and Connecticut joins the fun with its 10th Thick-billed Murre seen near Stonington. It's an alcid kind of read more >>

Rare Bird Alert: January 24, 2020

By |January 24th, 2020|Rare Bird Alert|

Exciting for Oregon this week was a Mountain Plover discovered in Clatsop. The bird is quite close, as the plover flies, from an individual in extreme southwestern Washington a few weeks ago, and birders have speculated that this might be the same bird having relocated across the mouth of the Columbia River.

2020 Bird of the Year Artist Tony Fitzpatrick

By |January 23rd, 2020|Podcast|

Tony’s work has been featured in major American museums and on the covers of roots albums. He is every bit as gregarious as a Cedar Waxwing, as you’ll see in this interview with host Nate Swick from this year’s Bird of the Year reveal party in Tony’s hometown of Chicago.

Rare Bird Alert: January 10, 2020

By |January 10th, 2020|Rare Bird Alert|

Continuing rarities in the ABA Area include a Garganey (ABA Code 4) in California, both La Sagra’s Flycatcher (4) and Antillean Palm-Swift (5) in Florida, and a Streak-backed Oriole (4) continuing to visit a feeder in Arizona.

Best Bird Books of 2019 with Donna Schulman

By |December 12th, 2019|Podcast|

As is our tradition, the end of the year means it’s time for a look back at the best bird books published this year. Once again, 10,000 Birds book reviewer Donna Schulman joins me to talk about our favorites. Donna and I each share our Top 5, including field guides, family specific guides, and narratives from well-known authors and publishers. Thanks to Zeiss Sports Optics for sponsoring this episode! Subscribe to the podcast at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, and Google Play, and please leave a rating or a review if you are so inclined! We appreciate it! Donna’s Top 5 1) Oceanic Birds of the World – read more >>

Best Bird Books of 2018 with Donna Schulman

By |November 29th, 2018|Podcast|

We're getting to the end of the year and it's time for a look back at the best bird books published in 2018. Once again, 10,000 Birds book reviewer Donna Schulman joins me to talk about our favorites. Donna and I each share our Top 5, including field guides, family specific guides, and narratives from well-known authors and publishers. Thanks to Space Coast Birding & Nature Festival for sponsoring this episode. Join the ABA in Titusville this January for great birding and fellowship! Subscribe to the podcast at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, and Google Play, and please leave a rating or a review if read more >>