April 2014 From the Editor Favorite stories By Chuck Hagner Several stories in this issue are on my list of favorites. Features Where the saw-whets are By Cheryl Lyn Dybas Why spring is the best time for Northern Saw-whet Owls along the shore of Lake Superior. Backyards that birds love By Matt Mendenhall Photos of five bird-friendly properties, along with tips from the homeowners. Special: Snowy Owls By the editors A gallery of photos of the Snowy Owls that invaded this winter. My long walk By Bill Mueller The amazing story of one man’s walk across Wisconsin for bird conservation. Tablet Extras By the editors See the Tablet Extras that we added to our April issue. Columns Since You Asked Answers to your questions By Julie Craves The most dangerous bird, orioles’ weaving skills, and more. Birder at Large Truly great By Pete Dunne My new tougher standards for what makes a great hotspot. Attracting Birds Choosy eaters By Laura Erickson Why the finches in your yard might shun Nyjer seed. Amazing Birds Fresh air By Eldon Greij The amazing way that birds breathe. ID Tips Lesser Prairie-Chicken By Kenn Kaufman Distinguish Lesser from Greater Prairie-Chicken. ID Toolkit Badges By David Sibley How birds signal with colors and patterns. Hotspots Near You 181. Luther Marsh WMA, Grand Valley, Ontario A large marsh northwest of Toronto where you can find waterfowl, songbirds, bitterns, cranes, terns, and more. By Van Waffle Published: 2/14/2014 182. Alley Pond Park, Queens, New York This city park attracts lots of warblers, vireos, orioles, thrushes, and other songbirds in spring, rarities in fall, and waterfowl in winter. By David Speiser Published: 2/14/2014 183. Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge, Stevensville, Montana Go to this refuge on the Bitterroot River south of Missoula for swans, hawks, warblers, kinglets, woodpeckers, and owls. By Susie Wall Published: 2/14/2014 184. Mount Ord, Sunflower, Arizona This steep mountain northeast of Phoenix is where to find Arizona’s mountain warblers — Virginia’s, Black-throated Gray, Grace’s, Olive, and Painted Redstart — and many other birds. By Jim Burns Published: 2/14/2014 Also in Every Issue Birding Briefs Important news about birds, birdwatching, and conservation. Your View Reader-submitted photographs, including the winner of our regular Photo of the Week contest. Fieldcraft A photo taken by a reader, along with a description of how the photographer got the shot. Stay in touch with BirdWatching Keep up to date on all the latest birding news and info. Sign Up for Our Free Newsletter!