When it comes to birding, binoculars are a must have item. With binoculars you can identify birds easily that would be nothing but a speck on the horizon to the unaided eye. There are quite a few different makes and models of birding binoculars on the market, ranging in price from as little as a few dollars to sophisticated models costing thousands.
Binoculars with Magnification and Front Lens Diameter
For beginners, a pair of binoculars such as sold in any hardware store or sporting goods shop should fit the bill nicely. They can be purchased for very little and are generally quite durable, as well as doing an adequate job of magnification. These binoculars will bear two numbers by way of ratings. One will be the magnification power of the binoculars, the second number will be the diameter of the front lens, in millimeters.
These numbers will be written as in this example: 4x22. Thus, these binoculars would have a magnification power of four and front lens diameter of 22 millimeters. Magnification power needed is dependent on from what distance you want to observe birds. For merely watching birds in the trees near your home, a smaller magnification power is likely to be just fine. However, if you plan to head out into a more natural setting, then a stronger magnification will be needed for your birding binoculars.
Changing the Level of Magnification
The basic styles of binoculars have just one level of magnification and allow for a small amount of focusing. Then there are the ones which let you alter the level of magnification and the focus of the lens as well. These kinds of binoculars are particularly useful when switching from a close object to one further away and means you will not need a separate set of binoculars.
Make Sure Your Binoculars Are Not Too Heavy
When you are buying your new binoculars, make sure they are not too heavy. Some pairs are difficult to handle and holding them up for a long time can become tiresome, so this is something you should take into consideration. There are many lightweight models and in choosing one of these the full range of features does not have to be compromised. After all, if you intend to carry them around with you whilst out on your adventures bird watching you do not want to be struggling with a heavy pair of binoculars.
There's nothing to spoil that dream bird watching trip like being unable to spend all the time you need admiring the birds you came to see like inconvenient, heavy equipment. You should also seek out birding binoculars which have a scratch resistant lens coating and some way of carrying them around other than around your neck or in your hand. After all, you want your binoculars to give you a clear view, yet be out of your way except when you are marveling at avian wildlife.
Camping is such a fun activity for kids and for the parents too. However, it will be more fun and enjoyable when you have camping games on your list. You should remember to take into consideration the preferences of the kids to make this camping moment a truly memorable one. So to help you on your camping preparations, here are five fun and easy camp games that you might want to include on your list:
1. Ah! So! Gi! - All participants will sit in circle around bonfire perhaps. The group will learn three commands for this game.
Ah! - they will shout "Ah!" aloud and put their left or right hand across their forehead in a salute motion. They will then point to the person sitting next to them.
So! - they will shout "So!" aloud while putting their left or right hand across their chin in a salute motion. They will then point to the person next to them.
Gi! - they will shout "Gi!" while placing both their hands across their chest in a clapping motion. They will then point towards any person in circle.
The commands and corresponding actions shall be done in order. When someone is "Gi"ed by another person, he/she shall start the sequence from the top. The person who will fail to follow the correct order and action of each command will be booted out from the circle until only two participants left. Of course, the last one with no mistake will be the winner of the game.
2. Hot Seat - One person will be on the "hot seat" and will have a piece of paper on his forehead with a word written on it. He/she will ask various questions and the rest of the group will answer "yes", "no" or "maybe" until he/she gets the correct answer. A timer is used in getting the correct answer. If the person did not get the right answer within the time allowed, then he/she has to perform a consequence.
3. Follow the Leader - There will be one leader and the rest of the kids will follow whatever this leader do or say. Participants who will fail to follow the exact words or actions of the leader will be out of the game. The last one standing shall be announced as the winner.
4. Bean bag toss game - Prepare some all-weather cornhole bags for exciting beanbag toss game for your camper kids. This game is fun and easy for the kids. They will just need to aim and toss the beanbag filled with feed corns at a raised platform with a hole at the end to be able to play the game.
5. Scavenger's hunt - You can also organize a scavenger's hunt activity for your kids. However, if you are going to camp on mountains or forest, you might want to make the game easier for them to avoid going in farther areas. Make sure that adults are also surrounding the place to look after the kids.
These are some examples of perfect games that will make your camping activity more fun and memorable. The kids and adults will surely have a great time playing these games.
For some people, camping is a way to get back to nature while for others it means bringing out the big toys and having some fun. For the people who bring out the big motor home equipped with satellite television, cook tops, refrigerators and other neat gadgets, camping can leave a negative impact on the environment. For the people who wish to camp and do so while leaving the smallest ecological footprint possible, there are some clever tricks to keeping your camping "green" and safe.
LED Flashlights and Lanterns
LED lights are the most energy efficient light source currently available for flashlights and lanterns. They produce a brighter sustained light while still using less battery power than a traditional flashlight. In fact quality LED flashlight can provide over 600 hours of light from one set of regular AA or AAA batteries. The combination of battery savings and bulb efficiency results in up to 90% less energy consumption than any other flashlight. LED lanterns use the same bulb technology making them a good idea for having around the campsite as well.
Wind-up LED flashlights are an even more environmentally-conscious light source. These are fairly easy to use. All you have to do is wind them up to create power creating friction and turn it on. These lights don't put out as strong of a light as a regular LED but they are an excellent option for short hiking excursions.
Don't use styrofoam cups while camping, no matter how convenient they may seem. The same goes for paper plates and disposable plastic forks. Instead, camp with reusable dishes and utensils and wash them after each use. This will drastically decrease the amount of trash you burn (bad for the enviro-gases pollute the air) or throw away (plastics don't biodegrade quickly, overfilling our landfills).
Think about what you do at home to be ecologically friendly and institute it on your camping trip. Keep paper bags or bins around for recycling. You can then easily take this stuff back with you and recycle it appropriately when you get home. Also, consider composting your trash in a bucket if you can.
Go Low -Tech
A tent and sleeping bag is far more environmentally friendly than a motor home or camper trailer. Motor homes require large amounts of fuel and energy to keep in operation every day. With the cost of energy and fuel where it is right now, your camping trip could cost you a lot less if you consider more green camping alternatives.
You can enjoy a true outdoor camping excursion more if you do it electricity free. Leave the games, portable TVs, and computers at home. Pack a cell phone or PDA in case of emergencies but turn it off or just plain leave it alone. Every little bit helps when it comes to reducing how much energy we consumer every year.
Unless you're allergic to smoke or have strong asthma symptoms, the campfire is still the most ecologically friendly way to cook food. Fueled grills require propane or electricity to operate. Campfire requires wood that can be easily picked-up off the forest floor and a light source. It may not be practical to cook everything you want on a fire but you can use it for some things to help reduce the amount of time you cook on a fueled cook stove.
Going on a green camping trip can actually be one of the more fun vacations you take this summer. Look into ways you can help make less of an impact on the environment the next time you venture out into your home state's mountain country or forested parks.
~Ben Anton, 2008