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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6 Birder's Guide to Gear | November 2015 Jeffrey A. Gordon Delaware City, Delaware t the American Birding Association, we strive to provide the birding community with practical, use- ful information that makes birding even more pleasurable, satisfying, and where possible, easier. Birder's Guide to Gear is part of that effort. Having the right gear and knowing how to use it well can make the difference between a frustrating day afeld and a triumph. To that end, we are always looking for ways to help you not only make good purchases of new equipment, but also to get the most out of the gear that you already own. I hope that you'll fnd much of use here. I also hope that you'll share this issue, and others in the Birder's Guide series, with other birders, whether they are ABA members yet or not. Simply point them to where they can view and download full electronic versions. And remind them that the best way to keep information like this coming is for them to join the ABA, too. Finally, please let us know what kinds of information and topics you'd like to see covered in future editions of this and other Birder's Guides. We learn when we help you learn. Good birding, Jeffrey A. Gordon President, American Birding Association hen you're scanning a mudfat through heat waves or peering out to sea from some wave-battered headland, there is perhaps no bit of birding gear that's simultaneously more of an afterthought and more vital than the tripod. I don't know about you, but I don't make much of an effort to keep on top of recent trends and advances in feldscope support systems. So it's articles like Bill Schmoker's in this issue of Birder's Guide to Gear that I depend on. You'll also fnd advice on the latest birding apps, what gear you need for a comfortable trip to the Neotropics, and what camera gear to take with you on your next trip. For the note-keepers among us, there's even a review of waterproof notebooks. It's my hope that there's something of interest for everyone within these pages. Please let us know what you'd like to see reviewed or discussed in the next issue. Even better, consider writing an article for us. Birder's Guide only exists because our talented pool of ABA members is willing to share its knowledge. By the same token, we at the ABA depend on our members to give us feedback about what they want—and don't want—to see in ABA publications. Please consider taking just a moment to share your thoughts with us, either via the email address printed above or at Good birding, Michael L. P. Retter Editor, Birder's Guide From the President From the Editor W Michael L. P. Retter Fort Worth, Texas A

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