From the Editor
Sparking a connection with quail
How teachers are turning Long Island schoolchildren into advocates for Northern Bobwhite.
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
Despite an innate fear of humans, some birds choose to rear their young right outside our door.
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.
Since You Asked
Answers to your questions
Hybridization among bluebirds, and whether male birds ever reject females.
Birder at Large
Bad weather? Go birding!
Why a little (or a lot) of rain shouldn’t stop us from getting out there.
Not looking for lawns
To attract quail, grow plants that provide food and cover.
From snout to beak
How the many sizes and shapes of beaks came to be.
Distinguishing Henslow's from Grasshopper and Baird's Sparrows.
Wear and tear
What to look for as birds molt their worn-out feathers.
Hotspots Near You
277. Doughton Park, Laurel Springs, North Carolina
This park, along the Blue Ridge Parkway, is a good spot to find breeding warblers, as well as raptors, ravens, and owls.
278. Seven Islands State Birding Park, Kodak, Tennessee
This eastern Tennessee park had been a farm for most of the 20th century. Now it's a hotspot where more than 200 species have been recorded.