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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21 November 2015 | Birder's Guide to Gear Rite in the Rain products keep evolv- ing and will always remain essential. Anywhere I go, I never leave home with- out them! Many thanks to my friend Ryan McDonald at Rite in the Rain for providing products for review and for his generous help throughout the years. Ink-jet paper RITR copier papers have been around for a long time, but WeatherJet Waterproof Paper designed for ink-jet printers and ex- treme conditions is more recent. Its micro- porous surface turns standard ink-jet inks into permanent, waterproof images, and you can print on both sides. Now you can spill coffee or other liquids all over your bird checklist or write on it in the rain and it will live. The only drawback is that it can only be written on with All-Weather Pens, so marking a tentative bird on your list in pencil doesn't work as well. WeatherJet Paper ($22.50/25 sheets) comes in several sizes, but 8.5" x 11" is ideal for checklists. More InforMatIon Updated prices, a company history, and cool stories can be found at Many of the items mentioned here are shown on the Birding page: from the Home page, go to Products, User Group, then Recreation to fnd Birding. Look around the site for many more options. Pencils with 1.1 mm lead! Here's my frst impression of my new RITR pencil: It was love at frst write with the Yellow Pencil. It seems retro. The slightly thicker barrel is really comfortable to hold. I can use it with confdence know- ing my train of thought will never again be derailed by a breaking pencil lead, because this magic lead is indestructible. My only regret is that I didn't meet this pencil years ago, because it has only just been sung into existence. And there are red ones! Mechanical Pencils ($10.95) come with extra lead and erasers, and reflls are avail- able (Lead: $5.95, Eraser 3 Pack: $5.75). Pencil colors are yellow and black with black lead, and red with red lead.

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