April 2017

From the Editor

Chuck Hagner

Making a difference

Three stories about people helping birds.

Features

Eye candy

Eye candy

Why toucans and barbets are must-see species for birders in Costa Rica

Ultimate bird feeders

Ultimate bird feeders

Why native plants attract so many birds to yards

Build it and they will come

Build it and they will come

Why citizen-scientists in Minnesota are optimistic that they can bring back the charismatic and declining Red-headed Woodpecker

Before our eyes

Before our eyes

An eyewitness look at the desperate race to save Kenya's fast declining Taita Apalis

Tablet Extras

Tablet Extras

Articles and other web resources listed in our April 2017 issue.

Columns

Since You Asked

Answers to your questions

Answers to your questions

Why birds stop coming to feeders, why birds bathe in snow, and how bird seed can harm your dog.

Birder at Large

Unsung benefits

Unsung benefits

A birder's awareness can turn any morning into a good one.

Attracting Birds

Hopeful hunkering

Hopeful hunkering

Often the best way to see birds up close is to sit still.

Amazing Birds

Smooth sailing

Smooth sailing

How birds' streamlined teardrop shape enables them to fly.

ID Tips

Orchard Oriole

Orchard Oriole

How to tell it from Baltimore and Hooded Orioles.

ID Toolkit

Determining age

Determining age

How differences in feather color reveal how old songbirds are.

Hotspots Near You

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

A review of Listening to a Continent Sing by Donald Kroodsma