To promote use of the trail by day hikers and local people, the Pawling Library offers birding backpacks for checkout. The backpacks are available to anyone to check out with their library card. Each backpack includes binoculars, books on wildlife, and maps of the local area. We hope that the backpacks will promote use of the Appalachian Trail by people near and far, who can come to enjoy the Trail as an invaluable resource. Thanks to the Harlem Valley Appalachian Trail Community for providing books and backpacks.