ABA Flight Calls – Listing Central

Check out my friend John Puschock at the top of the list on the ABA’s new Listing Central:

The ABA presents Listing Central!
In the past couple of years, the ABA has been making changes in the way we approach and present many of our traditional functions and programs. Today we’re very excited to announce Listing Central, which will continue the legacy of the ABA Big Day & ABA List Report, as well as hugely expanding its capabilities and capacity.

Everything that you’ve come to expect from the ABA Big Day & ABA List Report in the past, from Big Day narratives to rankings for every region in which ABA members have historically kept lists, is still available. You’ll even be able to print them out if you prefer to read them offline.  But Listing Central is so so much more, and it’s these new offerings that we’re most excited to share with ABA birders.

First, the old thresholds are gone. Haven’t cracked 500 in the ABA Area? Or turned up the minimum in your state or province? Doesn’t matter anymore, we want your numbers anyway.  

Second, in addition to all the traditional categories the ABA has always kept track of, you can now enter your numbers for every single county in every American state and every Canadian province. County listing is big and growing, and we want to be there to help you keep track of it all.

For Big Day birders, we also have added the ability to define your own Big Day areas, so go ahead and submit Big Days for your state, region, city park–however you choose to define your big day.

Last but not least, you’ll be able to edit your numbers anytime you like, and the system is designed to make updating as easy as possible. No more waiting months for the annual report.  If you finished your Big Year and want to know how your total stacked up, that information will be right at your fingertips.  

Getting started is easy. We need to confirm who you are, and then you can choose a username and password. The user name isn’t displayed anywhere. It’s just the name you log in with. You can choose to use the same username and password as you may have for your ABA membership renewals and member-only content. Or, if you prefer, choose a different one. The listing site will display only your real name.

Once that’s set, you simply log in, and start entering you list totals. Each member has a profile page, with all of the list totals that person has submitted in one place. Think of it like the back of a baseball card.

There are simple instructions on the page to help you get started. Once you’ve entered your numbers, check out the Listing News and Forum. Lot’s of good discussion and a great place to get help finding target birds, discuss the latest checklist changes, or whatever else is on your mind.

We’re really excited about this new initiative, and we hope you are too. Listing has long been at the root, the core, of the ABA. Even as the ABA itself has grown to encompass much more, listing nevertheless remains central to who we are and what we do. Mostly we just like to think of listing as a way people enjoy birds, and more than anything, that’s what we want to help you do.

We realize that Listing Central is a big change, and we want to make this transition as easy as possible for birders interested in sharing their numbers. If you have any questions, comments, or critiques, our Listing Central moderator, Greg Neise, is available at listing@aba.org to hear and help. You can also call our offices at 800-850-2473 or 719-578-9703.

So come check out the new Listing Central. And keep us posted on your latest tick and the story behind it.

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