Each fall, anticipation builds for the annual reveal of the species selected to become the American Birding Association’s Bird of the Year. The bird is chosen to inspire and educate, to spark enthusiasm for birding, and to highlight a conservation challenge or success. Charisma and accessibility are often key traits of the bird chosen, so even a familiar bird can be seen through a new lens and appreciated in new ways. It’s a true celebration of birding and the birds all around us.
We also hope that our Bird of the Year will help us tell a story. About birds. About birding. About birders. About community. In the artistic and literary representation of that bird, we strive to feature a variety of artists, visions, and styles, thus reflecting the diversity of our world and our birdwatching family.
The ABA Bird of the Year Reveal Party is an opportunity for ABA staff, board, members, and the general public to connect over our shared passion for birds and birding, to show the world the great work the American Birding Association has been doing, and to share exciting new projects we have in the pipeline. This year, the event will include an additional set of bird walks in the Nashville metropolitan area to provide more time celebrating birds and birding together. And finally, we are honored to have the artist, Liz Clayton Fuller, as our guest to reveal her amazing artwork in person at this worldwide premiere.
We hereby extend a warm invitation to you, and hope you will celebrate the reveal of the ABA’s 2023 Bird of the Year with us in person on December 10, 2022 at Warner Park Nature Center in Nashville, Tennessee, or watch a live stream of the event here or on our YouTube channel, Facebook, or Twitter.