Birder's Guide

DEC 2015

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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Rite in the Rain Revisited discovered Rite in the Rain (RITR) notebooks and pens while working as a feld geologist and later wrote about them for Birding's "Tools of the Trade" in 2003. Much has changed since then, because they keep evolving, yet much remains the same. I still love them, and, if need be, I can still tear out a page from my notebook to make a drinking cup for my dog! Today there is an new array of product choices that are very useful to birders, but their durable, archival, high quality and utility remains the same. So, it's ft- ting to revisit Rite in the Rain. RITR paper has been around since 1916. All RITR products are, and have always been, made in Tacoma, Washington. The paper is produced with a low impact on the environment, the inks are soy-based, and most of the covers con- tain post-consumer recycled materials. The modern manufacturing facility and equipment are designed to be energy-effcient. Packaging is eco-friendly, and any RITR notebook is entirely recyclable. Here's a look at a selection of Rite in the Rain products currently available: Notebooks RITR notebooks are birder-proof. They will withstand almost any abuse you can think of. Their classic appearance is a bright yellow cover with white pages. One of the best innovations, though, is the addition of more colors. There are now stealthier greens, desert tans, and the new Midnight Collection with black covers and gray pages. These are all less refective than blaz- ing white pages that could potentially frighten away birds while you're recording them in the feld. The tinted pages are also easier on the eyes in bright sun. RITR Notebooks are very versatile. They come in many sizes and formats. Stapled, Minis, Top-Spiral, and Memo Notebooks are all great for birding, as is the dedicated Side-Spiral Birder's Journal with page patterns designed for sketching and feld notes: blank sketch pages face lined pages formatted for date, time, weather, and location. It is 4 5/8" x 7". Reference information inside the covers features bird parts, feathers, and the ABA's Code of Birding Ethics. All of these notebooks have Field-Flex or Polydura covers, which are even more durable than the older, treated tagboard covers were. Some of the cov- ers have measurement conversion charts, and most have handy little rulers on 18 I Birder's Guide to Gear | November 2015

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