2012 Audubon Holiday Gift Guide
9. Smoke Detector/Chick-a-Dee
The black-capped chickadee has a great alarm bell: Sensing danger, the bird sounds its iconic chickadee-dee-dee call, the strings of dees increasing with perceived threat. This response inspired the Chick-a-Dee, a whimsical smoke detector that comes in white or white/black. At the first sign of smoke, the attractive lifesaver emits an 85db alarm signal—bringing life to a device that’s made to protect it.
For: Design junkie
Buy it here: Chick-a-Dee
10. ATX/STX Modular Scope/Swarovski
Yes, this one’s out of reach for most of us. At the same time, it’s a genuine innovation in birding optics: the first modular spotting scope. Interchange the base—with its angled or straight eyepiece—with front lenses that are 65, 85, or 95mm in diameter. The smallest one is amazingly compact; the largest, which zooms to 70x magnification, lets in serious light. All produce remarkably sharp views. An adapter allows for easy photography through the scope.
For: Bird buff
Buy it here: Eagle Optics
Price: $3,400–$4,500, depending base and eyepiece
Bonus Gift Idea: Adopt-a-Bird
Find one here: Audubon Gift Catalog
Price: $30 a bird
Share your favorite avian memories with a bird loving friend or family member by adopting one—or more—of 16 colorful species representing the four flyways. Your giftee will receive a custom holiday card and an e-card, which will include your personal dedication. Proceeds benefit the National Audubon Society.