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SNEAK PEEK! Birder’s Guide to Gear, 2015

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The 2015 issue of Birder’s Guide to Gear is now being printed. That means that, if you’re an ABA member, you should find it in your mailbox in the next couple weeks. But you don’t have to wait until then to see what’s inside. And neither do non-members. You can see the entirety of this issue of Birder’s Guide online right now. Just click here.

When you’re a mudflat scanning 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 fieldscope 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 find advice on the latest birding apps, what gear you need to plan a 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 Screen Shot 2015-12-01 at 3.08.43 PMan 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 in the comment section below.

 

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You can easily download the entire issue, or just certain pages, allowing you to read Birder’s Guide on your Nook, Kindle, or other tablet, when offline. Or your laptop, if you’re old-fashioned. Just click on the fourth button from the right in the toolbar above the e-magazine. (See image below.)

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Michael Retter
Michael L. P. Retter is the editor of the ABA's newest magazine, Birder's Guide, and the author of The ABA Field Guide to Birds of Illinois. When not at home gardening, Michael is often leading tours for BRANT Nature Tours in Middle America (Mexico through Panama). He currently lives with his husband, Matt, in Fort Worth, Texas. Michael also runs QBNA, the continent's informal club for LGBTQ+ birders. A former chair of the Indiana records committee, he is an eBird reviewer for Mexico, Illinois, and Indiana.
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