August 2018

From the Editor

Matt Mendenhall

Web 3.0

Here’s what’s in store for the new version of our website.

Features

Sparking a connection with quail

Sparking a connection with quail

How teachers are turning Long Island schoolchildren into advocates for Northern Bobwhite.

Last of its kind

Last of its kind

Extinction claimed the Palila’s closest relatives from the main Hawaiian Islands, and now it also looms for the distinctive big-billed honeycreeper.

In our midst

In our midst

Despite an innate fear of humans, some birds choose to rear their young right outside our door.

11 new books

11 new books

A little-known artist’s biography, the collected works of a pioneering author, a guide to bird photography, a comedic take on birds and birding, a true-crime tale, and six more additions to your bookshelf.

Columns

Since You Asked

Answers to your questions

Answers to your questions

Hybridization among bluebirds, and whether male birds ever reject females.

Birder at Large

Bad weather? Go birding!

Bad weather? Go birding!

Why a little (or a lot) of rain shouldn’t stop us from getting out there.

Attracting Birds

Not looking for lawns

Not looking for lawns

To attract quail, grow plants that provide food and cover.

Amazing Birds

From snout to beak

From snout to beak

How the many sizes and shapes of beaks came to be.

ID Tips

Henslow's Sparrow

Henslow's Sparrow

Distinguishing Henslow's from Grasshopper and Baird's Sparrows.

ID Toolkit

Wear and tear

Wear and tear

What to look for as birds molt their worn-out feathers.

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.