Birder's Guide

NOV 2017

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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25 November 2017 | Birder's Guide to Gear '' '' Gunnison, Colorado mpsuch@gmail.com Marcel Such irders spend a lot of time out- side. It's what we do. At times, we are blessed with perfect conditions as we take a pleasant morn- ing stroll through our favorite patch. However, we are also subjected to the whims of Mother Nature as we follow our passion. We brave blistering hot days in search of Central American va- grants to Arizona, windy and wet pe- lagic trips out of New England for un- usual petrels, soggy marches through sawgrass saltmarshes in search of rails in Texas, and frigid mornings squatting in a blind for distant views of Gunnison Sage-Grouse in Colorado. Staying pro- tected and comfortable through all these varied birding conditions is nothing short of an art form. As an avid trail runner and lifelong birder, I can tell you that one of the most B necessary yet overlooked pieces of gear in any birder's collection is near and dear to my heart: shoes. Those bits of rubber, fabric, leather, and laces that protect our feet are incredibly varied and designed to keep our feet protected and even styl- ish in a variety of conditions. Unfortunately, there is not a single shoe that works for everyone in every situation, nor will there be in the near or distant future, hence the driving neces- sity for this guide. With the rate at which shoes are up- dated, I will refrain from recommending or reviewing specific models. Otherwise, there is a very strong chance that this article would be rendered obsolete be- fore any of you are driven to add to or replace any of your footwear. Instead, I aim to provide an overview of the variety of shoes available, weigh their relative I can tell you that one of the most necessary yet overlooked pieces of gear in any birder's collection is near and dear to my heart: shoes.

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