April 2014

From the Editor

Chuck Hagner

Favorite stories

Several stories in this issue are on my list of favorites.

Features

Where the saw-whets are

Where the saw-whets are

Why spring is the best time for Northern Saw-whet Owls along the shore of Lake Superior.

Backyards that birds love

Backyards that birds love

Photos of five bird-friendly properties, along with tips from the homeowners.

Special: Snowy Owls

Special: Snowy Owls

A gallery of photos of the Snowy Owls that invaded this winter.

My long walk

My long walk

The amazing story of one man’s walk across Wisconsin for bird conservation.

Tablet Extras

Tablet Extras

See the Tablet Extras that we added to our April issue.

Columns

Since You Asked

Answers to your questions

Answers to your questions

The most dangerous bird, orioles’ weaving skills, and more.

Birder at Large

Truly great

Truly great

My new tougher standards for what makes a great hotspot.

Attracting Birds

Choosy eaters

Choosy eaters

Why the finches in your yard might shun Nyjer seed.

Amazing Birds

Fresh air

Fresh air

The amazing way that birds breathe.

ID Tips

Lesser Prairie-Chicken

Lesser Prairie-Chicken

Distinguish Lesser from Greater Prairie-Chicken.

ID Toolkit

Badges

Badges

How birds signal with colors and patterns.

Hotspots Near You

Also in Every Issue

Birding Briefs

Birding Briefs

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

Your View

Reader-submitted photographs, including the winner of our regular Photo of the Week contest.
Fieldcraft

Fieldcraft

A photo taken by a reader, along with a description of how the photographer got the shot.