Every year, the American Birding Association selects our Bird of the Year. We aren’t seeking the rarest, most endangered, or most sought after species, nor do we seek overexposed “greeting card” birds. We aim to pick species that are charismatic and accessible enough to be spark birds, but that also remain favorites for those who have been into birding for years. On top of that, we want a conservation story to tell. And we strive to feature a variety of artists and a variety of visions and styles.
The ABA Bird of the Year tradition started over a decade ago, in 2011, and the program has been popular and successful ever since. The reveal of the Bird of the Year and the cover art is something many of you tell us you enjoy and look forward to. So, for 2022, we have decided to take it a little further. Not only will you receive the amazing cover art on the January Birding issue and your beloved stickers, there will also be a smashing ABA 2022 Bird of the Year Reveal Party: So, mark your calendars for Sunday, December 19, 2021, from 3 to 7pm at Triple Bottom Brewing in Philadelphia!
And if you can’t make it there in person, we will be live streaming the reveal on all our channels, so make sure to tune in on Sunday, December 19, 2021, from 5 to 5:30pm on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and on this page!
Join us there—whether in person or online—and be among the first to celebrate our 2022 Bird of the Year. See the original artwork, meet Christina Baal (and have her sketch your favorite bird live?!) and the ABA team, get your Bird of the Year merchandise, chat with Young Birder of the Year Katie Warner, and have some fun—with live music, art, food and drinks, dancing, and the pure joy of being together again!