Hi all, As some of you know I have a 15 month old son that frequently accompanies me on birding excursions. When my son was an infant, birding with him was pretty easy. I could put him in a backpack and hike for 5+ hours while he napped. Now my son is larger, heavier, naps less and wants to explore areas on his own two feet. His increasing weight makes carrying him in the backpack and hiking trails less enjoyable for me. He wrecks my posture and his movements make focusing binoculars a challenge. Clearly the easiest option is to just go birding without him, but if I only went birding when someone else could watch Jonas then my birding opportunities would be severely limited. So my question is.... Do any of you have suggestions on how to get some quality birding in while accompanied by a toddler? Thanks in advance for your advice, Aaron Stutz Madison, WI Dane County P.S. There was a relatively late Turkey Vulture flying over my house today and a good assortment of sparrows at the feeders. #################### You received this email because you are subscribed to the Wisconsin Birding Network (Wisbirdn). To UNSUBSCRIBE or SUBSCRIBE, use the Wisbirdn web interface at: http://www.freelists.org/list/wisbirdn. To set DIGEST or VACATION modes, use the Wisbirdn web interface at: http://www.freelists.org/list/wisbirdn. Visit Wisbirdn ARCHIVES at: http://www.freelists.org/archives/wisbirdn.