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Our August issue features Piping Plover, Fork-tailed Flycatcher, boreal birds, and “Odd Birds”

BirdWatching Magazine, August 2017
BirdWatching Magazine, August 2017

The August 2017 issue of BirdWatching is available now at Barnes & Noble and other newsstands!

Our cover story chronicles the efforts of biologists, volunteers, and the government to help federally endangered Piping Plovers return to their historic nesting areas.

In an excerpt from his recently released memoir, Odd Birds, actor Ian Harding of the popular TV series, Pretty Little Liars, describes his rediscovery of the joys of birding.

Read publisher Lee Mergner’s interview with Ian Harding.

Federally designated in 2016 after nearly two decades of effort, but under review by the Trump administration, the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument contains important nesting and migratory habitat for hundreds of thousands of birds including many that are of high conservation concern. Erika Zambello reports on the current state of access and best places for birding.

In “ID Tips,” Kenn Kaufman looks at birds of the boreal forest and their identification, including Northern Hawk Owl, Pine Grosbeak, and Spruce Grouse.


Also in the issue:

  • Andrew Jenner describes how researchers studying Fork-tailed Flycatchers gained new insight into bird migration in South America.
  • Founding editor Eldon Greij explains how birds gathering in flocks helps each individual’s chances for survival.
  • We present maps, bird lists, and more for birding hotspots in Washington state, California, Indiana, and South Carolina.
  • Julie Craves of Michigan’s Rouge River Bird Observatory answers readers’ questions about birds sleeping with their heads on their backs, Mallard hybrids, and why some diurnal birds sing at night.
  • Pete Dunne advocates for late-summer birding to get a jump on autumn migration.
  • Contributing Editor Laura Erickson reinforces the importance of quality backyard habitat and how funds from purchasing Duck Stamps support refuges.
  • In our Bookshelf section, Senior Editor Matt Mendenhall looks at Peterson’s Field Guide to Bird Sounds of Eastern North America, by Nathan Pieplow; and The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature, by J. Drew Lanham.

You can read the full list of the issue’s contents and see a sneak peek on our Current Issue page.

We hope you enjoy the issue. If you have comments about it, feel free to email Senior Editor Matt Mendenhall.



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