August 2015 From the Editor New life By Chuck Hagner The many pleasures of summertime. Features Jewel of the swamp By Mac Stone What we’re learning about beautiful golden Prothonotary Warbler. Amazing, accessible Alaska By Jim Williams The Kenai Peninsula delivers great birds with all the conveniences. Invitation to observe By Laure Wilson Neish How participating in a Breeding Bird Atlas makes you a better birder. Champions for birds By Matt Mendenhall Photos of birds and birders from the second Champions of the Flyway competition in Israel. Tablet Extras By the editors See the articles from BirdWatching and other online resources that we added to our August issue. Columns Since You Asked Answers to your questions By Julie Craves Turkey beards, pennies in birdbaths, and Red-breasted Nuthatch irruptions. Birder at Large Unexpected rewards By Pete Dunne The benefits of bad-weather birding. Attracting Birds Dogged listing By Laura Erickson The pleasures of finding life birds for a new puppy. Amazing Birds Nest basics By Eldon Greij Nests, nest materials, and nest sites. ID Tips Identifying juvenile songbirds By Kenn Kaufman Eastern Bluebird, Chipping Sparrow, and more. ID Toolkit Bill color By David Sibley What you can learn from the changing colors of a songbird's bill. Hotspots Near You 213. Lion’s Den Gorge Nature Preserve, Grafton, Wisconsin A shoreline preserve north of Milwaukee that is a great spot for spring and fall migrants. By Joan Sommer Published: 6/16/2015 214. Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, California The eight-mile-long, one-mile-wide centerpiece of Yosemite National Park is a good spot for owls, woodpeckers, tanagers, and more birds. By Audrey Medina Published: 6/16/2015 215. Fort Hill, Eastham, Massachusetts This historic area near the southern end of Cape Cod National Seashore is where to find warblers, shorebirds, ducks, and hawks. By Shirley L. Ruhe Published: 6/16/2015 216. Lafayette Heritage Trail Park, Tallahassee, Florida This 795-acre park allows close access to Wood Storks, herons, egrets, ibises, terns, and other waterbirds. By Mark Kiser and Selena Kiser Published: 6/16/2015 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!