Two words this month. Wood. Rail.
Yes, July was the month of the Rufous-necked Wood-Rail and the ABA Blog and the ABA Rare Bird Alert Facebook page were the hot spots to get information for the dozens of birders from across the United States and Canada who traveled to New Mexico to see the bird.
And more than just birders were looking to the ABA for information, ABA President Jeff Gordon was featured in nearly every mainstream media report on Matt Daw's fantastic bird, culminating in an appearance by Jeff on CBS This Morning, Saturday July 27, to talk about wood-rails and birding in general. How about that? Your ABA in front of millions of television viewers.
But there was more at the ABA Blog than wood-rail related news, though for a while it seemed like there wasn't. Here's a quick run-down on the posts you have missed while you were traveling to New Mexico (in actuality or in your dreams...).
Events Coordinator George Armistead went beyond this mortal realm to consider the Top 10 ABA Area birds as which to be reincarnated.
Jennie Duberstein shares the 2013 State of the Birds report, which focuses on private lands in the US.
Inveterate county lister Drew Weber makes the case that it's easier than ever to list on the small-scale.Wilson and Audubon, Eric Salzman's reviews of two new titles on rare birds, and Frederick Davis' thoughts on a new Ridgway biography.
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See you in August!