Archive for September, 2013

Travis hits the open ocean, again!

Miles G. with Travis and his mom, Susan, on the Cape Cod pelagic trip

As with any big-year pursuit, a serious bid will require birders to hit the open ocean several times in search of pelagic specialties. As part of the Cape Cod Birding Festival, Travis the Traveling Trinovid joined local Cape Cod wunderkind, Miles Goldenberg, for some birding in the productive waters off of Massachusetts. Read on for Miles’s account, and keep an eye out for this kid who was just dubbed one of the “Young Turks of modern birding” by the great Pete Dunne.

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The Trinovid Legacy

David La Puma (left) holding the 10x42 Geovid HD range-finding binocular, and Frank Kohn (right) holding his classic 8x42 Leitz Trinovid binocular, on the Cape May / Lewes Ferry

This is David La Puma here, Product Specialist for the Birding and Nature markets at Leica Sport Optics. This isn’t a typical Travis story but instead is one that came from a seemingly random encounter with a Leica fan on the Cape May/ Lewes Ferry last months. See, we were returning to Cape Henlopen, Delaware for the American Birding Association’s youth birding camp “Camp Avocet” when ABA president Jeff Gordon noticed a man wearing an old pair of Leitz Trinovid binoculars. When I rendezvoused with the man a few minutes later I learned his name was Frank Kohn, he was a wildlife biologist by training, and he had a very cool story to tell about his binoculars. Here is his story, in his own words.

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Travis hits the open ocean

the Nemesis Birders! founder Drew Weber (far right) and members of the crew, brought Travis on a little Atlantic excursion two weeks ago in an attempt to bolster the intrepid Trinovid’s life list of pelagic species. Read all about his adventure in Drew’s own words right here.

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Travis goes to Camp Chiricahua: Marie McGee

The author, Marie McGee, with her friend Travis the Traveling Trinovid (photo © Jennie Duberstein)

Marie McGee is an 18-year-old young birder from southeast Michigan. She was the 2012 ABA/Leica Young Birder of the Year (14-18 year-old category) and is currently starting her freshman year of college. Aside from being an excellent young birder, Mary is a wonderful wordsmith t’boot. Come read about her experience birding Southeast Arizona with her new buddy Travis the Traveling Trinovid, in her own words.

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Sometimes it’s about the adventure, not the ultimate destination

Corinna cold!

Travis returned from Camp Chiricahua a couple of weeks ago and is now headed to Cape May, New Jersey, to do some birding with the very capable and fun founder Drew Weber. In-between these adventures I took Travis up to the Land of Leopold (if you haven’t yet read A Sand County Almanac, you [...]

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