Listed below are all the Tablet Extras that we published in our April 2015 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
ON THE MOVE MAPS:
YEAR IN REVIEW
Last year’s 50 most important stories about birds and birdwatchers.
Another Whooping Crane, a female in Louisiana, has been shot.
Seven Snowy Owls photographed this winter.
Return to Crane River, pages 16-21
Read the International Crane Foundation’s profile of the species.
Enjoy live video of Sandhill Cranes at the Rowe Sanctuary.
Listen to Sandhill Crane calls.
CRANES IN MOTION
Watch videos of Sandhill Cranes along the Platte River.
View reader photos of Sandhill Crane.
HOW BIRDS LAND
Eldon Greij describes how cranes and other big birds land so softly.
A yard like no other, pages 22-25
5 YARDS THAT BIRDS LOVE
Read about yards in Minnesota, California, and other states.
Read Laura Erickson’s columns about how to draw birds to your yard.
Track your totals and compare with others on eBird.
NATIONAL WILDLIFE FEDERATION
How to certify your yard for wildlife.
GALVESTON ORNITHOLOGICAL SOCIETY
Learn about birding in Galveston County, and find directions to Jim Stevenson’s yard.
The island’s annual spring bird festival.
What beginners teach us, pages 32-37
The basics of attracting, identifying, helping, and enjoying birds.
See Siberian Accentors spotted on St. Lawrence and St. Paul Islands, Alaska, in September 2014.
See the Siberian Accentor recorded in Seward, Alaska, in January 2013.
Browse the state checklist approved by the Vermont Bird Records Committee (PDF).
View photos of males and females.
Maeve Kim’s article about the difference between watching birds and getting birds.
BIRDERS NEAR YOU
Search for an Audubon chapter by ZIP code.
Hotspots Near You, pages 41-45
National Key Deer Refuge
National wildlife refuge about 15 miles from Key West. Antillean Nighthawk, Gray Kingbird, Black-whiskered Vireo, White-crowned Pigeon, Great White Heron.
Fort Zachary Taylor State Park, Hotspot Near You No. 9
At the western tip of Key West at the end of Southard St. Spring and fall migrants, Gray Kingbird, Caribbean Short-eared Owl.
Weldon Springs Conservation Area
South of Busch Conservation Area off Hwy. 94. More than 8,300 acres. 207 species, excellent in spring.
Howell Island Conservation Area
A 2,500-acre island in the Missouri River, accessible via a causeway off Eatherton Rd. Forests, grassy fields, and other habitats attract owls, hawks, herons, and songbirds.
Cayler Prairie-Dugout Creek WMA Complex
3,400 acres of native prairies and wetlands eight miles west of Spirit Lake. Upland Sandpiper, Sedge Wren, Henslow’s Sparrow, Dickcissel.
Spring Run WMA
4,700-acre pothole wetland complex two miles southeast of Spirit Lake. Gray Partridge, Virginia Rail, Bobolink, Yellow-headed Blackbird.
Carson Lake Wetlands
Nine miles south of Fallon on Hwy. 95, turn east on Hwy. 120, and drive two miles to Greenhead Hunting Club sign. Shorebirds, waterfowl, and raptors.
East of Fallon on Stuart Rd. Look for Black Tern, American Bittern, Sora, Virginia Rail, and warblers.
Amazing Birds, pages 46-47
The mechanisms that permit birds of all sizes and shapes to land safely.
Why birds have no teeth and sometimes eat pebbles.
The most abundant bird in the world.
What every birder should know about bird poop.
Attracting Birds, page 48
Why the thrills of a Big Year can’t compete with the comforts of home.
Bidding farewell to a favorite birding spot.
How one neighbor’s work brought birds to the whole neighborhood.
THE RIGHT THING
Why you should send pigeons on their way.