Listed below are all the Tablet Extras that we published in our February 2015 issue.
Click the links for more information. They will open articles from BirdWatching and other online resources handpicked by the editors.
Frozen, pages 16-21
Threats to the Great Lakes and the steps needed to protect them.
DUCKS TO WATCH FOR
Where to look for White-winged Scoter and Common Merganser in winter.
Josh Engel’s report from the Chicago Lakefront during last winter’s deep freeze.
Watch the release of diving ducks and a Red-throated Loon rescued in Wisconsin during the freeze-up.
GREAT LAKES ECHO
News about the lakes from the Knight Center for Environmental Journalism at Michigan State University.
Real-time data on ice cover, wind speeds, and other measurements from NOAA’s Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory.
Learn about the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition, a group of more than 115 conservation organizations whose common goal is to restore and protect the Great Lakes.
Ghost bird, pages 22-31
TRUTH IS OUT THERE
Jerry Jackson assesses a 2002 report of Ivory-billed Woodpeckers in the Pearl River Swamp.
AT LEAST ONE MALE
In Science in 2005, John Fitzpatrick and others announce the Ivory-bill’s rediscovery (PDF).
OLD FRIEND FOUND
Eyewitness accounts of sightings in 2004 from the Cache River, Arkansas.
THE OTHER GUYS
Geoffrey Hill writes about searching along the Choctawhatchee River in Florida.
Jerry Jackson decries the search for the Ivory-bill as faith-based ornithology (PDF).
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s official summaries of searches in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Florida.
BOOM GOES BUST
The New York Times describes Brinkley after the Ivory-bill frenzy.
1 IN 15,625
Researchers calculate the odds of finding a living Ivory-bill today.
Hotspots Near You, pages 41-45
Morro Rock Natural Preserve
Two minutes from Morro Bay State Park at north end of bay. Shearwaters, pelicans, shorebirds, grebes, gulls, and Peregrine Falcon.
Montaña de Oro State Park
Approximately 10 miles southwest of Morro Bay State Park on Los Osos Valley Rd. More than 8,000 acres of beaches, coastal plains, streams, canyons, and hills.
Cameron Prairie NWR
About 35 miles west of Lacassine NWR. About 10,000 acres of marshes and coastal prairies. Abundant waterfowl. Western flycatchers possible. Great for butterflies and dragonflies.
A vast 125,000-acre refuge southwest of Lake Charles. More than 300 species. King Rail, Roseate Spoonbill, Merlin.
Sonoran Desert National Monument
Fifty miles south of Phoenix off I-8 at exit 144. More than 487,000 acres of the most biologically diverse North American desert. Elf Owl, Western Screech-Owl, Gilded Flicker.
Walnut Canyon National Monument
Ten miles southeast of Flagstaff. Elevation over 6,600 feet. Mexican Spotted Owl, White-throated Swift, Pinyon Jay.
An hour west of Julia Butler Hansen Refuge near Long Beach, Washington. Attracts shorebirds in spring and fall, plus Brown Pelican, Common Loon, and grebes.
Lake Sacajawea Park
In Longview off Hwy. 4. City park with lake and woods. Waterfowl, spring warblers, swallows.
Amazing Birds, pages 46-47
Why birds have no teeth and sometimes eat pebbles.
The most abundant bird in the world.
What every birder should know about bird poop.
Avian mating strategies are as diverse as the birds themselves.
The amazing way birds breathe.
Attracting Birds, page 48
LAURA’S BIG YEAR
Read Laura’s reports during 2013, when she spotted 604 species of conservation concern.
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.