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SNEAK PEEK! Birder’s Guide to Gear, 2016

The 2016 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 [read more…]

Point of No Return: Let’s Leave Nature Behind?

A review by Laura Kammermeier

Animal Internet: Nature and the Digital Revolution, by Alexander Pschera (translated by Elisabeth Lauffer)

New Vessel Press, 2016

200 pages, $14.95—softcover

I never liked Star Trek. In spite of its prophetic imagination, the fact that the show was staged wholly outside of any form of visible nature made it [read more…]

What We Know—And How We Know It

It’s an annual tradition. Each year on August 12, we wake up early, crazy early, and watch the Perseids. This year there are ten of us: my two kids and I; a preteen and her parents; a woman from Belgium, about my age; two “little old ladies,” as formidable as they come; and, in the [read more…]

10 Tech Essentials

Birding gear expert Diana Doyle shares what are currently her top 10 “tech essentials” in the recent issue of Birder’s Guide to Gear. Just click here to access the interview. (Free access to online issues of Birder’s Guide is one of the many services the ABA provides to the birding public.)

Do you have a [read more…]

Propping It All Up

I don’t know about you, but spending a week comparing tripod legs and heads isn’t my idea of a good time. I’d rather be poring over a phylogenetic tree. To each zir own! And how could I possibly get that many tripods all at once to compare, anyway? Thankfully for me, there are gear heads [read more…]

Review: Leica Trinovid HD Binoculars

Leica Trinovids were the very first pair of “good” binoculars I ever saw someone using. These weren’t the newer sleeker models, but the old ridge-barreled green numbers that were as distinctive as they were heavy. They were the binoculars of choice for a local expert, a mentor I had as a kid birder growing up [read more…]

SNEAK PEEK! Birder’s Guide to Gear, 2015

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 [read more…]

YOUR TURN: Understanding Phylogenetics

These days, when you hear about a species bing “split” or “lumped”, you can probably bet that at the heart of the decision was a scientific paper about genetics that included phylogenetic trees. And unless you have a background in biology, you may be confused about what you’re seeing. That’s why we asked ornithologist Nick [read more…]

Non-birding Apps for Birders. Your Ideas?

What non-birding apps do you use while birding? In the most recent Tools of the Trade column (Birding, August 2015, pp. 58-61), I wrote about twelve categories of apps not intended for birding, but that are really handy in a birder’s mobile-device toolkit.

I’m sure I didn’t include all the ideas out there. So here [read more…]

How to Text Out a Bird

First, there were weekly bird hotlines. . .

Wait. If we want to be historically complete, first there was grunting and pointing, then look-what-I-just-killed-do-you-want-a-bite (i.e., here’s the specimen if you need proof), then story-telling next to the fire, then cave painting, then winter counts on bison hides, then the printing [read more…]