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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35 November 2017 | Birder's Guide to Gear Rochester, New York laura@naturetra velnet Laura Kammermeier S ome ladies buy purses. I buy adventure bags. In the past 30 years, I've purchased only two purses (now woefully outdated) but six canvas sport bags (most still in rota- tion despite their ink stains, ground-in dirt, floppiness, and lack of fashion- forwardness). As long as they have slots for my pen, notebook, binoculars, credit cards, plus, oh YES, a zippered pocket for my SD cards and passport, I'm unable to resist their utopian util- ity. I get a dopamine jolt just thinking about how well all that stuff fits! Two months ago, I purchased a Swiss Army ® brand sport bag (a handbag for adventure people) at Target. I didn't re- ally need it, but the Muzak was play- ing and I thought it was a fashionable step forward from my rag-tag collection at home; I use it daily, even though its unmistakable red logo clashes with my pride in certain circles. Meanwhile, a friend of mine recently confessed she has $1,000 worth of purses in her clos- et. They coordinate with her shoes and coats. Do I need an intervention? Or does she? Does the fact that my sport bag coordinates with my Keens let me off the hook!? In the 10 years that I've been actively traveling, finding the perfect travel bag has been a costly and ongoing pursuit. As my travels became farther afield, my

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