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SNEAK PEEK! Birder’s Guide to Gear, 2018


The 2018 issue of Birder’s Guide to Gear is now being mailed. 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.

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 what 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.

Just in time for the holiday season, Jennie Duberstein offers gift suggestions for the birders in your life. No birding gear guide would be complete without advice on optics, so Kevin Loughlin reviews a new camera that’s quickly taking the birding world by storm. If you’ve ever wanted to record and analyze the flight calls of birds migrating over your house Jory Teltser lays out some wonderful resources to help get you there. And on the topic of recording bird sounds, Ted Floyd extols the virtues of using your smartphone to do just that. Finally, Marcel Such offers advice on how to keep warm this winter with proper layering: it’s not as simple as you might think.

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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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