GIFT IDEAS FOR SOMEONE INTERESTED IN BIRDS!
GIFTS FOR BIRDERS
I love the Christmas season for its family time, but I’m always bothered by what to do about gifts. I like gifts, but I don’t like to receive things I don’t need. I also don’t like to give things someone else doesn’t want. For birders, however, there are options.
My fallback gift as a birder, or for other birders, is shade-grown, organic coffee. If my recipient is not a birder, I can use it as a “teaching moment.” (Sorry, family, I know I can be tiresome.) If the recipient knows a little about wildlife, the gift will be appreciated for its own sake. Typical, sun-grown coffee plantations harbor few birds, while shade-grown plantations may have hundreds (http://www.gjsentinel.com/blogs/birds_and_more/entry/drink-good-coffee-see-more-birds). Many of the birds dependent on tropical habitats live and breed “here” in the summer so helping conserve “there,” is the same as helping conserve “here.”
My favorite Costa Rican coffee farm (http://www.cafecristina.com/) will send it to you quickly and fresh. Here’s a scene from this farm. The coffee is gourmet, hand-picked at its prime, and managed by hand throughout the production process. Here it is being spread out to dry. They will tell you the light roast is the most flavorful--and has the most caffeine--so you can get the most buzz for your buck.
Unwrapping a book at Christmas is always fun. How about buying GVAS’s own Birds of Western Colorado ($20 plus shipping/handling)? You can order it from Amazon or by contacting GVAS at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Written by Robert Righter, and our own Rich Levad, Coen Dexter and Kim Potter, this book allows birders in this area to check quickly whether a possible sighting is likely, whether the habitat is correct, and whether the season is correct. This is not a field guide, but is a superlative reference for gauging the reliability of your sighting and whether you will come under the scrutiny of an ebird or State of Colorado reviewer for your reported sighting. Sometimes birders are surprised by the scientific rigor that is required for accepting an unusual sighting. This book is a great reference for Western Slope birders and GVAS even has a few copies with signatures from some of the authors. We will sell and deliver to you direct if you contact us at email@example.com. (Feel free to send questions about other possible gifts for birders. We’ll be happy to try and answer.)
This post provided by Nic Korte, Grand Valley Audubon Society. Send questions/comments to firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more and to participate in the activities of Grand Valley Audubon, check out audubongv.webs.com and “like” us on Facebook!]