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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3 November 2016 | Birder's Guide to Gear Jeffrey A. Gordon Delaware City, Delaware t the American Birding Association, we strive to provide the birding community with practical, useful 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 afield 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 get the most out of the gear that you already own. I hope that you'll find 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 Some people are real gear-heads and love checking out all the newest products, comparing them to what's already out there, and making their own decisions about what to buy. But if you're like me, you just want someone you trust to tell you how to get the most bang for your buck. That's where Birder's Guide to Gear comes in. Every year, we assemble a group of experts and ask them their opinions on the latest birding gear. In this issue, Ashli Gorbet lays out the options for using GPS for better birding. Ted Floyd explains the virtues and limitations of using a small camera for bird photography. Sharon Stiteler shares her tips for finding convertible field pants. Heidi Trudell elucidates us on methods and gear useful in helping to prevent birds from colliding with windows. And Elise Faike introduces us to Chums, a diverse line of field gear that makes products that can be used from everything to securing your hat and sunglasses to protecting your lips from sun- and windburn. 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 sharing 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 by leaving a comment at Good birding, Michael L. P. Retter Editor, Birder's Guide From the President From the Editor A Michael L. P. Retter Fort Worth, Texas L

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