TN90 Jeff Gordon, President of the American Birding Association


What is the ABA, what is its role, how does it fit into the North American birding landscape, what are its plan for the future, and why might it be relevant to a European birder? Founded in 1969 the ABA was – in some observers’ eyes – in terminal decline before the appointment of Jeff Gordon as President in October 2010. In this conversation Jeff takes time out of his busy schedule to provide an overview of the ABA in a series of thoughtful and honest answers – which includes discussing whether his taking on the role was a personal risk to his own spotless reputation.

This podcast has been produced by Talking Naturally to promote conservation.


Who we are

The ABA is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides leadership to birders by increasing their knowledge, skills, and enjoyment of birding.

We are the only organization in North America that specifically caters to recreational birders. We also contribute to bird and bird habitat conservation through our varied programs.

Mission Statement

The American Birding Association inspires all people to enjoy and protect wild birds.

The American Birding Association represents the North American birding community and supports birders through publications, conferences, workshops, tours, partnerships, and networks.

The ABA’s education programs promote birding skills, ornithological knowledge, and the development of a conservation ethic.

The ABA encourages birders to apply their skills to help conserve birds and their habitats, and we represent the interests of birders in planning and legislative arenas.

We welcome all birders as members.


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About the author

Passionate about animal welfare and conservation, veggie and dairy-free, I live in the Wiltshire (UK) countryside. I co-founded Birders Against Wildlife Crime and Birds Korea. Trustee of the League against Cruel Sports On Twitter @charliemoores

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