Now that you have upgraded to the latest and greatest pair of binoculars that have set you back what people used to pay for a small car, are you wondering what to do with the old pair? Are your very first pair of Swift Audubons gathering dust in the focus wheel? Have they been cleaned in the past five years? Or are they consigned to the pile of stuff you cannot bear to throw or give away because you saw your first bluebird with them? What about the Fisher Price binoculars you gave your son or daughter when they were little, hoping they would grow up to be the next Roger Tory Peterson?
Well, I have good news for you. You can send your old bins back to school. They can learn new tricks. Your old binoculars can be filled with the birds of Crooked Tree, Belize in the hands of the children who will be your future guides to that fair country. During a recent visit to Belize with a group of birders, we discovered a spark of interest among the grammar school children to learn the names of the birds they were growing up with and that we traveled so far to see. Birds like Fulvous Whistling Duck, Ringed Kingfisher, White-Collared Seedeater. Georgie Thomas, who has been traveling to Belize with her family since 1991, donated three copies of the Belize Bird Guide by H. Lee Jones. The kids seemed eager to learn more about them, but as the teacher pointed out, many of these birds cannot be seen clearly unless you have a pair of binoculars.
Oh, I thought. Now I know what to do with my old bins. They will be born again in the hands of a child discovering birds. What could be a better second lease on life for your old binoculars?
If you are interested in donating a pair, contact me via the comment option at the bottom of this post. I will be collecting them over the next several weeks and will see that they are delivered to the children of Crooked Tree.