How to Select Binoculars for Birding

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A frequent question we are asked is how to select a pair of binoculars to use for birding. It can certainly be confusing!

  • What power (i.e. magnification) is best for birding?
  • What does the “objective diameter” mean?
  • Porro vs Roof Prism?
  • How important is the quality of the optics?
  • What brand should I purchase?

In doing some research, we found an excellent article that will explain and provide opinions on all of the above topics.  So if you are thinking of investing in a pair of binoculars, read this article.

We would definitely agree with the article, when it reports, “Without exception, every birding expert we spoke to said the same thing: Get the best pair of binoculars you can afford.” Binocular prices range from $100 – $2,500. Once you decide on your budget, read the article and to answer the questions above, and you are on your way to owning a pair of binoculars for your birding.

 

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Enjoy an Late Afternoon Bird Walk with SIB this Thursday

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Double-crested Cormorant – Palmetto Lake – Ed Konrad

Thursday August 16, 2018 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Learning Together at Palmetto Lake
Location: Meet at Lake House Parking Lot
Max: 12
Cost None for members; $5 donation for guests

Join us for a late afternoon to explore the birds around the Lake House and the walks of Palmetto Lake. This walk is considered Handicap Accessible since it will be on the walks around the lake. Bring sun block, bug spray, a hat, water, snacks and binoculars.

Please register no later than Tuesday August 14 , 2018. All registrants will receive a confirmation letter the day prior the event.

If you are not yet a 2018 SIB member, you must first become a member by following the instructions on our website: https://seabrookislandbirders.org/contact/join-sib/.

Volunteers Needed at the Avian Conservation Center

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Registration is Open for New Volunteer Staff Orientation

Join us on Sunday, September 2nd, 1-4pm, for an introduction to our Volunteer Staff program. Learn about the variety of areas where we need support and meet some of our team. You’ll be able to ask questions, get to know a few of our current Volunteer Staff, and learn about the behind-the-scenes activities that make the Center function.

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Join us Thursday for a Bird Walk on North Beach

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Reddish Egret – North Beach, Seabrook Island – Ed Konrad

It still feels like summer but the birds are already preparing for winter. Is the Reddish Egret still frequenting the far end of the beach? Are the breeding plumages starting to fade? Have the Piping Plovers begun to return to their winter home? Let’s see who is frequenting our beach this August by taking an early morning Learning Together bird walk this Thursday.

Join SIB Executive Committee Members Nancy Brown & Judy Morr for a walk on North Beach in search of seabirds and shorebirds (American Oystercatchers and various Gulls, Terns, Plovers, Sandpipers). Tide will be high and going out which is the perfect time to bird on our beach. Be sure to bring binoculars, camera, hats, sunscreen and water.

Thursday, August 9 at 7:30 am – 10:00 pm
Learning Together at North Beach
Location: Meet at Owners Parking Lot near entrance to Boardwalk 1
Max: 12
Cost None for members; $5 donation for guests

Please register no later than Wednesday August 8, 2018. All registrants will receive a confirmation letter the day prior the event.

If you have additional questions about the program, please contact us by sending an email to: SeabrookIslandBirders@gmail.com

If you are not yet a 2018 SIB member, you must first become a member by following the instructions on our website: https://seabrookislandbirders.org/contact/join-sib/ or we request a $5 donation to SIB.