Guest Writers

Fantasy Birding

At the mic: Matt Smith is a writer, geographer, and web developer who has been chasing birds (real and imaginary) for most of his life. He has published two children’s books and runs a blog, read more >>

Fantasy Birding2019-06-06T17:38:51-04:00

Quail Hunt

At Camp Chiricahua in 2012, I had the time of my life. There were many great experiences, friends, and of course, birds. One particular day stands out to me among the rest; it was the day that will forever remain in my memory – the day we saw a Montezuma Quail.

Quail Hunt2013-02-04T09:22:00-05:00

Letting Kids Know About Birding

It’s not very often that I see kids out birding, which is surprising. That’s not to say birding is easy, just that I know it is something lots of kids would like. I’ve done birding presentations at schools, mainly for younger kids such as 1st or 2nd graders.

Letting Kids Know About Birding2013-05-12T12:36:20-04:00

Meet the 2013 ABA Young Birder of the Year!

I started birding just over three years ago. My interest in birds came almost out of nowhere. In the fall of 2009, I took my bird to the vet, where I realized that there are adults who work with birds for a living. The moment I had that realization, I was done for.

Meet the 2013 ABA Young Birder of the Year!2013-07-02T13:21:34-04:00

Birding El Triunfo: Quetzals and the cloud Stories and Adventures from a Mexican Young Birder

After seeing the Horned Guans, we returned to camp. It was hot and humid, but it is always like that in the cloud forest. Meanwhile, various Black-throated Jays were making noise and flying about high in the trees. There was some Common Bush Tanager activity, and moving around with them we also found a small Rufous-browned Wren.

Birding El Triunfo: Quetzals and the cloud Stories and Adventures from a Mexican Young Birder2013-04-10T14:09:41-04:00

Planning for Summer

Last year at this time, I decided to apply for the Doug Tarry Young Ornithologists’ Workshop at the Long Point Bird Observatory on Lake Erie in Ontario.

Planning for Summer2013-02-18T07:46:00-05:00

El Triunfo: Home of the Horned Guan

By Alberto Lobato(translated by Jennie Duberstein) The El Triunfo Biosphere Reserve, located in the south of the Mexican state of Chiapas and decreed in 1990, encompasses an area of approximately 119,117 hectares (about 294,345 acres). read more >>

El Triunfo: Home of the Horned Guan2013-03-04T20:22:14-05:00

Meet the OTHER 2013 ABA Young Birder of the Year!

When I was asked to write a bit about my experiences with the Young Birder of the Year contest, I was thrilled. There is so much to write about! The YBY contest was not only engaging and educational, but most importantly fun.

Meet the OTHER 2013 ABA Young Birder of the Year!2013-07-16T16:14:00-04:00

2013 Camp Colorado: The Experience of a Lifetime

Sunday, July 21, 2013, I landed in Denver, arriving with a group of young birders from Georgia to attend the ABA's Camp Colorado 2013. The moment the plane's landing gear touched the runway, a seemingly 144+ hour birding marathon began. I had never birded in the western bastion for birds of Colorado, and couldn't wait to start seeing all the birds, going to all the amazing locations, and getting to know all the leaders and my fellow campers.

2013 Camp Colorado: The Experience of a Lifetime2013-08-10T13:58:00-04:00