Fresh and new
WELCOME TO THE first issue of our new look!
For the first time in more than a decade, we have given BirdWatching a top-to-bottom makeover. The content that you have come to know and appreciate remains largely the same, but thanks to our talented designer Jaron Cote, the packaging is fresh and new.
The front news section, “Birding Briefs,” remains. Right after it is “On the Wire,” a new section where we highlight all kinds of bird-related media and gear, including books, podcasts, and more.
You’ll find Laura Erickson’s “Attracting Birds” column in a new spot, between “On the Wire” and Pete Dunne’s “Birder at Large.”
Kenn Kaufman and Brian Small’s “ID Tips” column is in the same place, after the feature stories, but it’s now four pages instead of three and features seven of Brian’s photos instead of five. And David Sibley’s “ID Toolkit” follows “ID Tips” rather than anchoring the magazine on the back page.
After Sibley, we have our photography column, then “Hotspots Near You,” and Eldon Greij’s “Those Amazing Birds.”
As you may know, we run photo contests on our website, and we’re now doing four per year! The three winners of our latest contest, the 2021 BirdWatching Photography Awards, appear in this issue, beginning on page 52. They’re all incredible images!
Lastly, we’ve added a featured photo on the back page titled “Final Frame.” This one depicts a scene from the momentous nesting this year of Piping Plovers on a beach in Ohio — the first of their species in the Buckeye State in more than 80 years. That’s something to celebrate!
Matt Mendenhall, editor