April 2018

From the Editor

Matt Mendenhall

Be someone's spark

Don’t pass up the chance to nudge someone along the birding path.

Features

Feathered barometers

Feathered barometers

In spring, Yellow-crowned Night-Herons return earlier to breeding grounds than they did in the 1960s.

A beautiful beginning

A beautiful beginning

How the distinctive Hooded Merganser sparked a love of birds.

Trade-off

Trade-off

Why migratory birds make long annual journeys while their close relatives remain in the tropics year-round.

Spring and summer festivals

Spring and summer festivals

90 events where you can find lots of birds, hear from experts, and have fun.

Columns

Since You Asked

Answers to your questions

Answers to your questions

Whether robins move their eggs, why hummingbirds consume ashes, and whether House Finches have caused declines in Purple Finches.

Birder at large

A Cooper's for Harold

A Cooper's for Harold

Discerning the differences between Cooper’s and Sharp-shinned Hawks with Harold Axtell, birding’s senior statesman.

Attracting birds

Disappearing insects

Disappearing insects

How you can slow the decline in insects — and help birds, too.

Amazing Birds

Doing it all

Doing it all

Why male Satin Bowerbirds must master many skills.

ID Tips

Blue-winged Teal

Blue-winged Teal

How to tell it apart from Cinnamon and Green-winged Teal.

ID Toolkit

Eye-rings explained

Eye-rings explained

How the shape and pattern of feathers around the eyes can help you identify birds.

Hotspots Near You

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Birding Briefs

Birding Briefs

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

Your View

Photos submitted by readers.