August 2017

From the Editor

Lee Mergner

An actor reconnects with birds

Ian Harding, a star of Pretty Little Liars, rediscovers birds.

Features

North for the winter

North for the winter

Researchers studying Fork-tailed Flycatchers gain new insight into bird migration in South America.

A ray of hope

A ray of hope

How biologists and volunteers are helping endangered Piping Plovers return to their historic nesting locales in the Great Lakes.

Maine's North Woods

Maine's North Woods

A birder explores the wilds of a newly proclaimed national monument and discovers a habitat for hundreds of thousands of birds, including several protected species.

Rediscovering birds

Rediscovering birds

A star of TV's "Pretty Little Liars" explains how he fell back in love with birding.

Columns

Since You Asked

Answers to your questions

Answers to your questions

Why birds sleep with their heads on their backs, the difference between a wild Mallard and a domestic duck, and more.

Birder at Large

August riches

August riches

Go birding in late summer to get a jump on fall migration.

Attracting Birds

Stamp of approval

Stamp of approval

How backyard birds benefit from the Duck Stamp.

Amazing Birds

The value of flocks

The value of flocks

Birds come together to improve their survival chances.

ID Tips

Boreal forest birds

Boreal forest birds

How to identify Northern Hawk Owl, Boreal Chickadee, and other species of the northern forest.

ID Toolkit

Avian air conditioning

Avian air conditioning

To find birds in summer, understand how they deal with heat.

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

Reviews of "The Home Place" by J. Drew Lanham and the "Peterson Field Guide to Bird Sounds of Eastern North America" by Nathan Pieplow.