Birders’ Exchange applicants may request binoculars, spotting scopes, cameras, field guides and books, field journals, access to online resources, and educational support from ABA staff. Quantities of items awarded are determined by ABA staff based on the number of participants served in their program at one time. For example, if an applicant will use the equipment with an entire grade level broken into several groups, the ABA will accommodate the number of participants per group. Binoculars, books and field guides, and field journals will generally be awarded based on this participation. Items such as spotting scopes, cameras, and tripods are available in limited quantities.
Field guides and books may be requested by title or topic, and the ABA will do its best to accommodate specific requests. Specific optics brands may not be requested.
Educational support from ABA staff and volunteers may be requested by topic. We can support your needs from introductory to more advanced birding skills and identification. Describe your needs in the application and we can work with you on a virtual or in-person outreach program.