Current issue

Current issue – February 2015

Beautiful, bi-monthly BirdWatching magazine (formerly Birder’s World) appeals to every bird enthusiast — from backyard birdwatcher to serious birder. Subscribers receive helpful hints for attracting and feeding birds, handy identification tips, photography pointers, info about where to find birds, superb color photography, and much more! Click the corners of the cover above to see inside!

From the Editor

Chuck Hagner

A diving duck from a frozen lake

By Chuck Hagner

It’s not every day that you look out the living-room windows of a house in suburban Milwaukee and see a Red-breasted Merganser waddling down the sidewalk.

Features

Frozen

Frozen

By Sheryl DeVore

Why last winter’s near-total ice cover on the Great Lakes wasn’t enough to harm populations of diving ducks.

Ghost bird

Ghost bird

By Jerome A. Jackson

Ten years after Ivory-bill fever swept the nation, a scientist assesses the hope, hype, and disappointment.

Make your birdwatching count!

Make your birdwatching count!

By the editors

60+ citizen-science projects taking place between now and July 31.

Tablet Extras

Tablet Extras

By the editors

See the articles from BirdWatching and other online resources that we added to our February issue.

Columns

Since You Asked

Answers to your questions

Answers to your questions

By Julie Craves

How nestlings find water, whether nuthatches use bluebird boxes, and more.

Birder at Large

Just the facts

Just the facts

By Pete Dunne

Why Cape May might be the best birding location anywhere.

Attracting Birds

Soul food

Soul food

By Laura Erickson

Comparing the comforts of home and the thrills of a Big Year.

Amazing Birds

What goes up

What goes up

By Eldon Greij

The well-coordinated movements that bring flight to a safe end.

ID Tips

Common Merganser

Common Merganser

By Kenn Kaufman

Tips for distinguishing female Common and Red-breasted Mergansers.

ID Toolkit

Back streaking

Back streaking

By David Sibley

ID streaky sparrows by their back patterns.

Hotspots Near You

Also in Every Issue

Birding Briefs

Birding Briefs

Important news about birds, birdwatching, and conservation.
Your View

Your View

Reader-submitted photographs, including the winner of our regular Photo of the Week contest.
Fieldcraft

Fieldcraft

A photo taken by a reader, along with a description of how the photographer got the shot.