Remembering Tom Johnson

August 3, 2023

The birding community is collectively mourning the recent loss of Cape May birder Tom Johnson. Tom was a world-renowned birder and a prodigious contributor to the ABA’s media, with insightful articles, phenomenal photography, and occasional appearances on the American Birding Podcast. We’ve collected a few of his appearances here on the podcast and offer them in remembrance of his incredible influence on all of us with his amazing skill, his generous spirit, and his good humor. We at the ABA, along with his many friends in the birding world and beyond, will miss him very much.

If you have a Tom Johnson memory you’d like to share, please consider recording it on the voice recording app on your phone and send it to We’d love to collect them.

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