Birder's Guide

NOV 2018

Birder's Guide is the American Birding Association's newest publication. Each issue focuses on a key subject, providing tips from experienced birders on a wide variety of topics like Travel, Listing & Taxonomy, Gear, and Conservation & Community.

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Tucson, Arizona Jennie Duberstein FOR TECHNOLOGY LOVERS For many years, the world has been work- ing on an app to help people identify birds by song, a Shazam ® for the avian world. Song Sleuth is the new app from Wildlife Acoustics, with text from David Sibley. It lets users record a bird in the field and then tries to match that recording to a known bird spe- cies in its database, giving an identification. I recently spent time in the field with bird ID expert Michael O'Brien and a group of young birders at Camp Chiricahua, and got to see Song Sleuth in action. I don't think the app correctly identified a single bird we heard, but Michael used the spectrogram feature to show songs to our group, allowing the kids to visualize what they were hearing and com- pare different songs. It was an amazing teach- ing and field recording tool, and well worth the $9.99 price tag. • FOR PEOPLE WHO LIKE TO STAY HYDRATED Over the past couple of years, I figured out that, for me, the difference between being miserable in the field in southeastern Arizona in the summer and being okay with the heat is access to cold water. I am only being slightly hyperbolic when I say that the HydroFlask water bottle has changed my life. I can fill it with ice cubes and water in the morning, be in triple-digit temperatures all morning (and afternoon), and still have ice cubes when I get home in the evening. The outside of the bottle can be hot to the touch and the in- side is somehow still full of ice water. It's magic. You can't go wrong with this as a gift. • FOR NUMISMATISTS 2016 was the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty, the landmark agreement between the U.S. and Canada to conserve bird species that migrate between our two countries. In April 2016, I was in Ottawa to celebrate this milestone and found my- self at the Royal Canadian Mint, where they had so many cool bird coins! I reined in my excitement and only bought two, but these gorgeous coins make great presents for both bird lovers and coin collectors. • ■ Song Sleuth app ■ HydroFlask water bottles ■ Royal Canadian Mint bird coins 17 November 2018 | Birder's Guide to Gear

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