[Tweeters] Winter Birding Tools

Michelle Landis asmalllife at gmail.com
Wed Feb 20 09:48:47 PST 2013


I also always have some of those "Hot Hands" or chemical warmers in my
glove box. Boy are those a life saver - or toe saver, as the case may be.
Thanks, Carol!!

Michelle Landis
Lynden, WA


On Wed, Feb 20, 2013 at 9:38 AM, Guy McWethy <lguy_mcw at yahoo.com> wrote:


> Thanks Carol, I concur.

> I also started carrying one a couple of years ago.

>

> Have not yet gotten stuck enough to resort to it, but that is probably

> only because I HAVE it ! ;)

>

> Guy McWethy

> Renton, WA

> mailto: lguy_mcw at yahoo.com

> *From:* Carol Riddell <cariddellwa at gmail.com>

> *To:* tweeters <tweeters at u.washington.edu>

> *Sent:* Wednesday, February 20, 2013 9:25 AM

> *Subject:* [Tweeters] Winter Birding Tools

>

> Hi Tweets,

>

> It may be less important for birders who do winter trips in convoys

> but many of us head out alone. Blair Bernson mentioned in his earlier

> post the tow strap I carry in my car. A tow strap is some of the

> cheapest insurance you can carry in your vehicle. It has happened to

> me, as it did to Blair. You pull over just a bit on a snowy road and

> your passenger tires end up in soft snow. The humbling and valuable

> lesson is that all-wheel drive vehicles are not all-terrain vehicles.

> They get stuck and those passenger side tires just dig in. A tow strap

> allows the first vehicle that comes along to pop you out very quickly.

> Many cell phones do not have coverage in many of the areas where we

> bird in winter. So AAA or other towing insurance plans can't come to

> your rescue. I've had my tow strap for a number of years and it has

> been used four times. They cost $20-$30 at auto supply stores.

> Seriously consider adding one to your winter tool kit of de-icer/ice

> scraper, good flashlight with new batteries, snow shovel, water,

> chains, and a sleeping bag (could be a while before that savior

> vehicle comes along). These modest supplies can make the difference

> between minor inconvenience and major trip disruption.

>

> Safe winter birding,

>

> Carol Riddell

> Edmonds

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