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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thing you need and is comfortable to wear. With a price tag of $109, you re- ally can't go wrong. SHORTCOMINGS: The deep side pockets, while wonderful for stuffing in water bottles and all kinds of other things, are so deep that it is impossible for me to get the bottle out without tak- ing the backpack off—I physically can't reach it. That said, this would become a non-issue if I used a hydration bladder. FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS Every year, when I put together a list of gift ideas, I seem to recommend the Phone Skope adapter for digiscoping. I love mine so much, I can't help recommending it again. Full disclosure: Phone Skope gave me my adapter, but I would 100% pay money for it. • Many birders carry tripods for their spotting scopes, but figuring out how to take a picture of you and your fellow birders isn't always easy. Bill Schmoker, a science teacher and bird photographer, has a great solution: a mini tripod with flexible legs that he easily attaches to his spotting scope. Voilà—group shots with ease! • FOR ARTISTS I'm no artist, but this summer at Camp Colorado I had a bit of an epiphany. The point of field sketching isn't to cre- ate good art—that's nice and all, but by drawing and sketching, we observe things in a way that we otherwise would not. Sketching makes us better observers of the natural world. So why not get the birder in your life a nice set of pencils, a sketchbook, and maybe a travel water- color set? ••eld-box FOR COMIC LOVERS I love comics. And entertaining comics about biology and conservation? Yes, please! Rosemary Mosco is the talent ■ Phone Skope ■ GorillaPod flexible tripod ■ Winsor & Newton watercolor set 20 Birder's Guide to Gear | November 2018 Birders' Gift Guide Continued from page 18

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