Listed below are all the Tablet Extras that we published in our April 2016 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
YEAR IN REVIEW
The 50 most important stories about birds and birdwatchers of 2015.
PROGRESS IN CONGRESS
Omnibus restores conservation fund, drops proposed road in Alaska refuge.
Blackpoll Warbler crosses continent before crossing ocean.
BARRED VS. SPOTTED
North Spotted Owl populations continue to decline.
ABC publishes list of products that really do keep birds from striking windows.
The Chosen One, pages 26-28
A collection of photos of dazzling Scarlet Tanager.
A birder contemplates the differences between watching birds and getting birds.
Articles the author wrote for the New York Times while studying birds and ecosystems in Hawaii.
Five bird-friendly yards, pages 29-35
Find local chapters, events, and resources for natural landscaping.
GARDEN FOR WILDLIFE
Learn from the National Wildlife Federation about certifying your yard.
STARS IN SYRACUSE
Janet and John Allen’s website describes all the details of their yard.
See photos from Margy and Dan Terpstra’s yard and read their blog.
MIDWEST NATIVE PLANT SOCIETY
The group raises awareness of the importance of native plants and the wildlife that depend on them.
BRING CONSERVATION HOME
The urban habitat-restoration program of the St. Louis Audubon Society.
LIVING WITH WILDLIFE
Info from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife about creating a backyard sanctuary.
Read our past articles about yards that birds love.
Bittern Surprise, pages 36-39
See reader photos of American Bittern.
Listen to American Bittern’s famous song.
IN EXPLORERS’ FOOTSTEPS
Download the author’s article about finding birds spotted by Lewis and Clark.
HOW TO FIND BITTERNS
Tips and tactics for finding American Bittern and Least Bittern.
DISTINGUISHED SENIOR SCIENTIST
Read the citation that accompanied a conservation award given to Paul Johnsgard by the AOU.
‘CHORUS OF ANGELS’
Watch Johnsgard’s 2014 interview with CBS Evening News about Nebraska’s Sandhill Cranes.
Hotspots Near You, pages 43-47
George F Canyon Preserve
Approximately two miles from the garden, at the intersection of Palos Verdes Drive North and Palos Verdes Drive East. A canyon walk along a dirt path. Towhees, warblers, hawks, Black-headed Grosbeak, and Phainopepla.
Point Vicente Park
About seven miles southwest of garden, on the coast in Rancho Palos Verdes. An excellent place to watch seabirds.
Chicago Botanic Gardens
Just north of lagoons at 1000 Lake Cook Rd., in Glencoe. Productive woods and open water during migration; ornamental plantings with active feeders in winter.
About six miles southeast of lagoons, at eastern end of Lake Ave., on Lake Michigan. A superb place to watch waterbirds from October through April.
River Lakes Conservation Area, Moccasin Island Tract
West of wetlands at the end of 4 Mile Rd. 14,000 acres along St. Johns River. Wood Stork, Crested Caracara, Bald Eagle.
North of wetlands, on north side of N. Wickham Rd. Two large settling ponds attract wintering waterfowl. Great for shorebirds, especially when water is drawn down, exposing mudflats.
Little Dixie Lake Conservation Area
About 26 miles north of garden on Hwy. J. A large lake and surrounding grasslands and forests attract about 220 bird species.
Runge Conservation Nature Center
330 Commerce Dr. in Jefferson City. Approximately 100 acres. Great for spring and summer songbirds.
Attracting Birds, page 50
FOR BETTER OR WORSE
Dealing with the smart and spirited Blue Jay.
ACT OF FAITH
How planting a tree can ensure a brighter future.
AT THEIR OWN PACE
Why I’m drawn to Cedar Waxwings.