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Tablet Extras for December 2013

BW1213_Cover_171x223Listed below are all the Tablet Extras that we published in our December 2013 issue.

Click the links for more information. They will open articles from BirdWatching and other online resources handpicked by the editors.

 

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Birding Briefs, pages 6-13

JANE GOODALL
The renowned conservationist offers four reasons for hope in the face of the biodiversity crisis.

GEORGE ARCHIBALD
We interviewed the co-founder of the International Crane Foundation.

DARK-EYED JUNCO
Why it’s time to change the way you think about this common backyard bird.

RED KNOT
After years of delay, the feds finally proposed listing the rufa subspecies as threatened.

NEW DUCK STAMP
See the beautiful painting of Canvasbacks that won the 2013 Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest.

 

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Birder at Large, pages 14-17

PETE DUNNE
Read an interview with Pete six weeks after his stroke.

GREEN BIRDING
Know the birds of your local area in greater depth.

GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER
See a range map and hear recordings.

CHIPPING SPARROW
See a range map and hear recordings.

MAURICETOWN MARTIN ROOST
Read about Purple Martins that roost along the Maurice River.

 

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Always Around But Never Close, pages 18-23

FRIGATEBIRD MAPS
Read more about the ARCI satellite-tracking project and find a link to tracking maps.

SOUNDS OF A COLONY
Listen to the sound of bills and calls recorded at a colony of 5,000 frigatebirds.

 

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Year-round in the Arctic, pages 24-29

BIRDING ALASKA’S ARCTIC
A research biologist walks the open spaces of Arctic NWR in search of loons, jaegers, and other birds.

QUEST FOR GRAY-HEADED CHICKADEES
Read about the northernmost chickadee on the continent.

ULTIMATE FALCON
The habits of the Gyrfalcon, and the surprising places it spends the winter.

MARVEL OF THE HIGH ARCTIC
Why the Red Knots that breed on Ellesmere Island are marvels of biological engineering.

WILLOW PTARMIGAN
Hear vocalizations and see a range map.

THE PEREGRINE FALCONS OF RANKIN INLET
How researchers on the shores of Hudson Bay are changing our picture of the prince of birds.

 

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Hotspots Near You, pages 33-37

OTHER HOTSPOTS IN BRITISH COLUMBIA
Maps, directions, tips, and bird lists for five of our favorite places in British Columbia.

ARTICLES BY ANNE MURRAY
Read Anne’s article about geolocators and her descriptions of birding hotspots.

OCALA NATIONAL FOREST
Pittman Visitor Center located about 25 minutes from Lake Woodruff at 45621 State Rd. 19 in Altoona. Red-cockaded Woodpecker, Florida Scrub-Jay, Bachman’s Sparrow.

DE LEON SPRINGS STATE PARK
About a six-minute drive from Lake Woodruff at 601 Ponce de Leon Blvd. Good spot for migrating warblers.

LAKE ELSINORE LEVEE
10 miles north of reserve off I-15 Diamond Dr. exit in Lake Elsinore. Breeding American White Pelican and Western and Clark’s Grebes.

POND PARK
10 miles south of reserve. Two miles east of I-15 Murrieta Hot Springs exit. Bell’s Vireo, migrating warblers, Allen’s Hummingbird.

SHERIDAN PARK
1.5 miles north of Grant Park, just east of S. Lake Dr. In May gaze down on a bluff overlooking Lake Michigan where passerines are surprisingly close.

SOUTH SHORE PARK AND YACHT CLUB
Five miles north of Grant Park on S. Shore Dr. Notable for a breakwall that allows great looks at ducks, rare gulls, and Snowy Owls in winter.

 

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Books for Birdwatchers, pages 38-44

BIRDS-OF-PARADISE
Extravagance explained: Why birds-of-paradise are the way they are.

 

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Attracting Birds, page 45

LAURA’S CONSERVATION BIG YEAR
Read about Laura’s recent trips to California and Arizona.

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.

 

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Amazing Birds, pages 46-47

THE MYSTERY OF ANTING
The behavior is common and fascinating but not often seen.

BILLBOARD BIRDS
Why more birds don’t have the gaudy plumage and extravagant displays of the birds-of-paradise.

 

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Fieldcraft, pages 54

OUR PHOTOGRAPHY GALLERIES
Spectacular photographs of birds, organized in five galleries: Backyard, U.S & Canada, World, Rarities, and Atypical Birds.

OUR FLICKR GROUP
Beautiful photos of birds from talented nature photographers around the globe.