The American Birding Association (ABA) works to increase the knowledge, skills, and enjoyment of field birders, and to contribute to bird conservation.  ABA supports the interests of birders of all ages and experience, and promotes field-birding skills through meetings, workshops, publications, equipment and guided involvement in birding.  ABA develops and distributes information about birds, birders, and birding and promotes birder networks.  ABA also encourages the conservation of birds and their habitats through publications, projects and partnerships, by championing ethical birding practices and by promoting the economic and environmental values of birding.  For membership and other information, call 800-850-2473, e-mail, or visit their web site at