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Current issue – February 2018

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From the Editor

Matt Mendenhall

Stick together

By Matt Mendenhall

In the face of relentless attacks on wildlife protections, we birders have to stick together and stand up for the natural world.

Features

Data from destruction

Data from destruction

By Jeremy D. Ross

How documenting storm impacts on birds can advance our understanding of severe weather.

Recovery mode

Recovery mode

By Emma Lewis and Lisa Sorenson

Caribbean birds have been reeling after recent hurricanes, but conservationists have hope.

The penguin quest

The penguin quest

By Charles Bergman

For two birders, finding all 18 of the world’s penguin species in the wild led to a deeper bond with our fragile planet.

A ghost in the mangroves

A ghost in the mangroves

By Craig Thompson

How an encounter with a rare tropical songbird spurred a group of birders to help protect its habitat.

Columns

Since You Asked

Answers to your questions

Answers to your questions

By Julie Craves

Why male Ruffs have many different plumages, and whether the “turkey mite” is real or not.

Birder at Large

Favorite early encounters

Favorite early encounters

By Pete Dunne

Reflecting on memorable first sightings of birds.

Attracting Birds

Getting smart about salt

Getting smart about salt

By Laura Erickson

Why we should limit outdoor salt usage in winter.

Amazing Birds

Let's make a deal

Let's make a deal

By Eldon Greij

Ancestral birds made a deal with plants: Produce more fruit and we’ll disperse your seeds.

ID Tips

Black-capped Chickadee

Black-capped Chickadee

By Kenn Kaufman

How to distinguish Black-capped and Carolina Chickadees.

ID Toolkit

Variations in shape

Variations in shape

By David Sibley

Recognizing birds when they vary their shapes.

Hotspots Near You

  • 269. Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge, Birchwood, Tennessee

    A large refuge north of Chattanooga where thousands of Sandhill Cranes winter. Also look for migrant shorebirds, waterfowl, and songbirds.

    By Eric Harrold | Published: December 14, 2017
  • 270. Ramsey Canyon Preserve, Hereford, Arizona

    This Nature Conservancy property in the Huachuca Mountains is a great place to look for Painted Redstart, Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher, Arizona Woodpecker, and Elegant Trogon.

    By Jason A. Crotty | Published: December 14, 2017

Also in Every Issue

Birding Briefs

Birding Briefs

Important news about birds, birdwatching, and conservation.
Your View

Your View

Photos submitted by readers.
Bookshelf

Bookshelf

Reviews of new books by George Archibald, Victor Emanuel, and Bernd Heinrich.

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