Year of the Bird

I drove through downtown St. Paul today, it was sunny and beautiful. Two adult bald eagles soared overhead, cruising the Mississippi River for ducks and fish between the chunks of ice. Without thinking, I mumbled to myself, “Good morning, Sky Carp.” In the Twin Cities metro area, bald eagles are almost as common as crows, they nest in downtown Minneapolis … Read More

Versatility Of The Phone Skope Neck Buff

Phoneskope Neck Buff Versatility

Are Neck Buffs Versatile?Now and then I get one when I run a 5k, but I never do anything more creative than wearing it as a cowl around my neck and then use it to wipe up the sweat, or it becomes a cleaning rag. I’ve seen the instructions and have wondered if I have what it takes to fashion … Read More

Stop Phone Batteries Dying in the Cold

Digiscoping Common Redpoll

Common redpolls chowing down on thistle at a bird feeder.Ah winter! Where I live it can bring a host of species we can’t see any other time of year like snowy owls and redpolls. There’s a famous birding destination in Minnesota called Sax Zim Bog. This top winter destination, which hosts a bird festival every February is popular because it’s easily … Read More

Phone Skope Digiscoping Tips – Using Autofocus for Sharper Photos and Videos

Tips for Digiscoping with PhoneSkope

The Problem Using your smartphone for digiscoping can be fun and rewarding, but also challenging. One of the the more challenging aspects is locking the exposure and focus in on the subject you’re photographing. If your subject is not in focus, the resulting video or picture can be undesirable. Therefore, figuring out a way to optimize your settings is essential for … Read More

Do Amazing Things With Slo Mo on your Phones

Digiscoping Slo Mo with your phone

Are you one of those people who look at their phone and see all the settings and you’re just too scared to try them? You should get over that and start playing. One really fun feature is the Slo Mo which allows you to get slow motion video. You can do amazing things with and slow mo video and birds.The … Read More

Phone Skope Show Schedule | Winter 2018

Phoneskope Show Schedule Winter 2018

SIGN UP FOR SHOW UPDATES Notice: JavaScript is required for this content. IT’S SHOW TIME!Phone Skope Family! We are full steam ahead into 2018 and have an awesome show schedule lined up. We will be showcasing new products, filming live videos, playing games, and having a good time in the booth. If you will be at any one of these … Read More

Resolutions – What are your Birding Goals for 2018?

Binocular and Scope spotting

What are your birding resolutions for 2018? Since it is the time of year when people set resolutions, I was thinking about what some of my birding goals and resolutions might be for the next year. I’m happiest when I’m outdoors and getting a great shot of a bird. I had some great trips this year but didn’t feel like … Read More

It’s Christmas Bird Count Time!

Birdwatching at Coldwater

It’s that special time of year when National Audubon rallies birders all over North America to track winter bird populations with the Christmas Bird Count. These events are so popular with local Audubon chapters. The end of the day is usually capped off with a celebratory gathering at a bar or pot luck. If you’ve never participated in one, it’s … Read More

Big Sit For Birds

Happy memories from hunting

Warblers in the Fall Fall migration is in full swing in October all over North America. As the leaves change color, they make for a colorful background for warblers in the dark autumn plumage as well as the brown bird brigade of native sparrows. Hosting a Big Birding Party I usually host a big birding party for my park called … Read More

Big Fall Food Plots – Little Equipment Needed

Shanyn Hart

You can have the big fancy equipment and that’s great for planting corn, beans and larger seeds in the spring but the most effective food plots we have on our farms are our fall green food plots which require little to no equipment at all. Here’s what you need to plant an effective fall food plot.Step 1 -MowThis can be … Read More