August 2017 From the Editor An actor reconnects with birds By Lee Mergner Ian Harding, a star of Pretty Little Liars, rediscovers birds. Features North for the winter By Andrew Jenner Researchers studying Fork-tailed Flycatchers gain new insight into bird migration in South America. A ray of hope By Sheryl DeVore How biologists and volunteers are helping endangered Piping Plovers return to their historic nesting locales in the Great Lakes. Maine's North Woods By Erica Zambello 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 By Ian Harding 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 By Julie Craves 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 By Pete Dunne Go birding in late summer to get a jump on fall migration. Attracting Birds Stamp of approval By Laura Erickson How backyard birds benefit from the Duck Stamp. Amazing Birds The value of flocks By Eldon Greij Birds come together to improve their survival chances. ID Tips Boreal forest birds By Kenn Kaufman How to identify Northern Hawk Owl, Boreal Chickadee, and other species of the northern forest. ID Toolkit Avian air conditioning By David Sibley To find birds in summer, understand how they deal with heat. Hotspots Near You 257. Lighthouse Marine Park, Point Roberts, Washington A site for seabirds, shorebirds, waterfowl, and more in northwestern Washington. By Anne Murray Published: 6/19/2017 258. Mt. Pinos, Los Padres National Forest, California This mountain, straddling Ventura and Kern counties, is a great place to look for condors, Northern Goshawk, Golden Eagle, and several owl species. By Chuck Graham Published: 6/19/2017 259. Goose Pond Fish And Wildlife Area, Linton, Indiana Wetlands and prairies southwest of Bloomington that attract waterfowl, cranes, bitterns, and many other species. By David Rupp Published: 6/19/2017 260. Santee Coastal Reserve WMA, McClellanville, South Carolina More than 20,000 acres northeast of Charleston where you can see Wood Stork, Prothonotary Warbler, Red-cockaded Woodpecker, and Bachman's Sparrow. By Eric Harrold Published: 6/19/2017 Also in Every Issue Birding Briefs Important news about birds, birdwatching, and conservation. Your View Photos submitted by readers. 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.