Listed below are all the Tablet Extras that we published in our August 2014 issue.
Click the links for more information. They will open articles from BirdWatching and other online resources handpicked by the editors.
Birding Briefs, pages 7-13
Birder at large, pages 14-15
Watch migration occurring on animated U.S. composite NEXRAD radar maps.
Real-time predictions of when and where birds will migrate and how far they will fly.
Seabirds by sail, pages 16-21
MAP OF DESTINATIONS
See the islands visited during the birding cruise described in this article.
Read about seabird restoration in the Gulf of Maine and adopt a puffin.
Read reports of recent bird sightings.
How to use eBird to record sightings made more than two miles offshore.
WINGS OVER WATER
Read about pelagic birding from North Carolina with expert Steve N.G. Howell.
Uncommon raven, pages 22-27
COMMON (NORTHERN) RAVEN
See a range map and hear recordings.
Listen to an interview with the author of Mind of the Raven, Ravens in Winter, and other books.
Author of Bird Brains: The Intelligence of Ravens, Crows, Magpies, and Jays.
A corvid researcher based at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
JEAN CRAIGHEAD GEORGE
Naturalist and author of more than 100 books for children and young adults, including Charlie’s Raven.
Watch a 2001 episode of Nature about ravens.
DESERT TORTOISE NATURAL AREA
Read about the 25,000-acre natural area and see a list of desert tortoise dos and don’t.
The city shrike, pages 28-32
JULIE’S MASKED PREDATOR
Read a profile of Loggerhead Shrike written by Julie Craves.
See Laura Erickson’s photos of a nesting pair of Loggerhead Shrikes in Florida.
DAVID’S PERPLEXING SHRIKE
Read David Sibley’s explanation of how a shrike identified as a Northern was later determined to be a Loggerhead.
See a gallery of reader photos of Loggerhead Shrike.
Hotspots Near You, pages 41-45
TWO RIVERS NWR
Across Illinois River from park. Wetlands, open water, bottomland forests, and prairies attract waterfowl, eagles, and other birds.
RIVERLANDS MIGRATORY BIRD SANCTUARY
About 24 miles east of Pere Marquette at 301 Riverlands Way, West Alton, Missouri. 300 species, including Trumpeter Swan and Bald Eagle.
RIDING MOUNTAIN BIOSPHERE RESERVE
Includes the park and an additional 4,600 square miles of surrounding lakes, streams, and agricultural areas.
MANITOBA BREEDING BIRD ATLAS
A five-year project to document the distribution and abundance of all breeding birds throughout the province.
HUNTLEY MEADOWS PARK
Hotspot Near You No. 6. Located off Hwy. 1, south of Alexandria. Wetlands host ducks and waders; orioles and other songbirds in forest.
DYKE MARSH WILDLIFE PRESERVE
Located on west bank of Potomac River south of Alexandria. About 485 acres of tidal marsh, floodplain, and swamp forest.
KEN NEILSEN ROAD
Just south of Hwy. 126 and Fisher Rd. Open fields often have geese, raptors, shrikes, larks, and kingbirds.
FERN RIDGE DAM
About six miles northwest of Royal Ave. on Clear Lake Rd. Orchard Point and Richardson Parks have good scoping viewpoints.
Amazing birds, pages 46-47
The amazing way birds breathe.
The amazing muscles and bones that enable flight.
Attracting birds, page 48
What to look for when buying Nyjer.
FROM THE GROUND UP
Attract ground-feeding native sparrows.
ON THE ROAD
How to attract birds even when you’re traveling.
COMFORT AND SOLACE
The healing power of birds in the backyard.
WINDOWS OF OPPORTUNITY
Why suction-cup feeders are safest for birds and great for you.