HAVE YOU ANY SPARE USED OPTICS/GUIDES?

     If so, please bring them to one of the upcoming meetings.

     To successfully address Neotropical migratory bird issues, good science and public awareness are essential. However, in the Neotropics, many researchers, educators, and conservationists work without the most basic equipment. The ABA addresses this need for equipment and educational tools and contributes to bird conservation through its Birders’ Exchange program (http://www.americanbirding.org/bex/). Birders’ Exchange takes new and used birding equipment and educational materials and matches it with local scientists, conservationists, and educators in  Latin America and the Caribbean.

     There will be a labeled box near the Members Area where you can put any used binoculars, telescopes, and North American field guides (Sibley and National Geographic only, please).  These will be routed to Betty Petersen, who directs the Birders’ Exchange program. If you have any questions, email Peter Bono at pbono@prba.com or phone him at 508-375-9421. Thank you.

     Birders’ Exchange was founded in 1990 by the Manomet Center for Conservation Science (MCCS).

     In 1996, MCCS (in Manomet, MA) partnered with the American Birding Association (ABA) to run the program, and a productive partnership blossomed, building on the extensive birder network of ABA and the conservation links with Latin America at MCCS. Since late February 2002, the ABA has run the program in its entirety and has made clear that it will continue to develop and expand the program, based on the vision set forth by the MCCS.

     Since its inception, Birders’ Exchange has served more than 500 groups in 30 countries and territories. In 2003 alone, Birders’ Exchange supplied equipment to dozens of programs in: Antigua, Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, EI Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, St. Lucia, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, United States, Uruguay, and Venezuela.

Should you wish to help, please consider donating some of the following items:

Binoculars -we especially are in need of rubber armored and/or waterproof binoculars
Digital cameras
GPS Units
Spotting scopes
Tripods
Field guides to Neotropical birds
Field guides to North American birds Ornithology texts
Laptop computers
Backpacks

     The equipment must be in good working order. For example, the binoculars must be in proper alignment, the focus wheel in operation, and the glass without flaws.

     For more info, www.americanbirding.org/bex