The American Birding Association is North America’s premiere birding club. Their goals and services overlap considerably with those of the Audubon Society, but a simplistic distinction between the two may be that Audubon focuses more on the birds while ABA focuses more on the birders. If Audubon is the head and mouth) of the U.S. birding community, the ABA, with its mission to inspire all people to enjoy and protect wild birds, may be its heart.
One way the American Birding Association helps birders is by providing resources such as the ABA Recording Rules and the ABA Checklist. They also support birders through publications (such as Birding magazine), conferences, workshops, tours, partnerships, and networks. They even review and sell birding books, tools, equipment, and accessories. If you are a bird watcher and you live in North America, you might like to join.