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Beautiful, bimonthly 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 below to see inside!

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September/October 2021

From the Editor

Matt Mendenhall

Fresh and new

A look at the redesign of BirdWatching magazine! 

Features

A Forest Raptor Extraordinaire

A Forest Raptor Extraordinaire

Finding a Northern Goshawk, the powerful woodland raptor, is a special moment for any birder.

Diminishing Sagebrush Superstar

Diminishing Sagebrush Superstar

The Gunnison Sage-Grouse, a marvel of nature often overshadowed by its larger cousin, faces numerous threats in the sagebrush of southwestern Colorado and eastern Utah.

A New Frontier for Bird Science

A New Frontier for Bird Science

How a smartphone app is revolutionizing birders’ ability to contribute to scientific research.

Columns

Attracting Birds

The heat is on

The heat is on

How to help birds during heat waves and droughts.

Birder at Large

Learning your shorebirds

Learning your shorebirds

Now is the time to work out the intricacies of ID’ing sandpipers and their kin.

ID Tips

Bluebirds

Bluebirds

Tips for recognizing Eastern, Western, and Mountain Bluebirds.

ID Toolkit

Tricks of the light

Tricks of the light

Why lighting conditions can throw us a curveball when we’re watching birds.

Those Amazing Birds

Power pecking

Power pecking

Do woodpeckers sustain brain damage from hammering on trees? More study is needed.

Photographing Birds

Hiding in plain sight

Hiding in plain sight

How to take photos of birds from a floating blind.

Hotspots Near You

Also in Every Issue

Birding Briefs

Birding Briefs

A spring shorebird spectacle in South Carolina, how Piping Plovers are connected to foxes, Arizona’s low trogon count, how old windmills stymie bird conservation, updates to the North American bird checklist, and more.
On the Wire

On the Wire

A microphone for our yards, finding hope in the extinction crisis, Laura Erickson’s splendid podcast, Rosemary Mosco’s colorful guide to pigeons, and an introduction to the lead artist on the first book to feature all of the world’s birds.
Contest Winners

Contest Winners

The top three images from our 2021 BirdWatching Photography Awards.