April 2017 From the Editor Making a difference By Chuck Hagner Three stories about people helping birds. Features Eye candy By Jim Burns Why toucans and barbets are must-see species for birders in Costa Rica Ultimate bird feeders By Marina Richie Why native plants attract so many birds to yards Build it and they will come By Chet Meyers Why citizen-scientists in Minnesota are optimistic that they can bring back the charismatic and declining Red-headed Woodpecker Before our eyes By Nathan Siegel An eyewitness look at the desperate race to save Kenya's fast declining Taita Apalis Tablet Extras By the editors Articles and other web resources listed in our April 2017 issue. Columns Since You Asked Answers to your questions By Julie Craves Why birds stop coming to feeders, why birds bathe in snow, and how bird seed can harm your dog. Birder at Large Unsung benefits By Pete Dunne A birder's awareness can turn any morning into a good one. Attracting Birds Hopeful hunkering By Laura Erickson Often the best way to see birds up close is to sit still. Amazing Birds Smooth sailing By Eldon Greij How birds' streamlined teardrop shape enables them to fly. ID Tips Orchard Oriole By Kenn Kaufman How to tell it from Baltimore and Hooded Orioles. ID Toolkit Determining age By David Sibley How differences in feather color reveal how old songbirds are. Hotspots Near You 251. Otto Armleder Memorial Park, Cincinnati, Ohio Look for Blue Grosbeak, Indigo Bunting, Yellow-breasted Chat, and Prothonotary Warbler at this popular birding site on the Little Miami River. By Ronald Zigler Published: 2/23/2017 252. Celery Fields, Sarasota, Florida King Rail, Osprey, Roseate Spoonbill, and more than 200 other bird species have been spotted at this Great Florida Birding Trail site. By Jeremy Ford Published: 2/23/2017 253. Overton Wildlife Management Area, Overton, Nevada A vast area on the north arm of Lake Mead where you can find raptors, shorebirds, warblers, and more. By Steve Wolfe Published: 2/23/2017 254. Owens Lake, Lone Pine, California This restored lake between the High Sierra and Inyo Mountains attracts avocets, stilts, plovers, and many other birds. By Mike Prather Published: 2/23/2017 Also in Every Issue Birding Briefs Important news about birds, birdwatching, and conservation. Your View Photos submitted by readers. Bookshelf A review of Listening to a Continent Sing by Donald Kroodsma Stay in touch with BirdWatching Keep up to date on all the latest birding news and info. Sign Up for Our Free Newsletter!