Birders' Exchange (BEX), which began as a small optics "recycling" program at the Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences in 1990 has become the major conservation initiative of the American Birdingâ¨Association. The BEX program supplies optics,â¨books, and other new and used donated equipment toâ¨researchers, educators, university students, and children’s programs throughout the Central and South America.
BEX is helping toâ¨support an increasing number of people who are conserving migratoryâ¨and endemic birds, protecting some of the most ecologicallyâ¨important habitats, and teachingâ¨childrenâ¨about the value of birds.â¨
To further its mission, BEX needsâ¨our help. BEX recipients need good quality optics, preferably rubber-armored and/or waterproof, and in excellent working condition. BEX has no budget to repair optics, and non-waterproofâ¨optics have a very short life span in the wet climates of theâ¨tropics. Financial donations are welcome; they allow BEX to purchase high-quality optics at discounted prices.
Optics are required forâ¨meaningful conservation efforts.
The program is under the direction of Betty Petersen,â¨American Birding Associationâ¨Birders' Exchange director, firstname.lastname@example.org,â¨800-850-2473 X223. Theâ¨shipping address for BEX donations isâ¨ABA/BEXâ¨1618 W. Colorado Ave.â¨Colorado Springs, CO 80904â¨
For more information, visit www.aba.org/bexâ¨