Birder's Guide

NOV 2016

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 Nov ember 2016 | Birder's Guide to Gear Minneapolis, Minnesota Sharon Stiteler to wash them to the point where they fade and do not match the legs, so make sure to wash all pieces at the same time. The other style is a "roll-up" design. You simply fold each pant leg up your leg and use the snap or button along with a strap to hold it in place. The upside is that you never have to worry about los- ing an unzipped leg during travel. Most of these pants are made with some sort of quick-drying, anti-wrinkle material. Some are even infused with permethrin to keep ticks and mosquitoes away for a certain number of washes. There are a variety of options for ad - venture pants, and the zip-off style can cost between $60 and $110. Columbia seems to have the most variety of sizes, both for height and weight, via its on- line store. REI has a reliable brand of zip-offs for average-height people, while prAna has roll-up styles that many taller people enjoy. Athleta offers some great hiking skirt options for those who choose to forgo pants while birding. The Problems If you have had a terrible experi- ence with adventure pants or perhaps haven't tried any new styles in the past five years, I encourage you to give them another try and to check out your op- tions online. My first experience with adventure pants was while working for the National Park Service in 2008. Since I do quite a few canoe programs in my park, and temperatures in Minnesota in the spring and fall can be quite extreme over the course of one day, I tried out a pair…and they were the worst pants I ever tried on in my entire life. First, they were unisex, which tends to be a major problem for women with more curvaceous bodies (more on this later). Second, the manufacturer Being comfortable in the field allows you to focus on the finer points of a bird's primary projection rather than your own. Photo © Laura Kammermeier

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