From the Editor
Deep in the shadows
To find the secretive Long-eared Owl, understand its habits and habitats — and why we should avoid disturbing the bird at all costs.
The Aloha State’s three monarch flycatchers, only recently recognized as distinct species, face a wealth of challenges.
Wonders of Tikal
The national park protecting Mayan ruins in Guatemala is home to parrots, toucans, and many other birds.
Fighting for the bluebeard
In Bolivia’s northwestern grasslands, a former Dutch arborist
and others are working to save one of the world’s rarest macaws.
Since You Asked
Answers to your questions
The best fats for birds, why we make shushing noises, and more.
Birder at Large
The counting compulsion
Why we shouldn't give short shrift to quantifying birds.
New Year's resolutions
Simple changes can make your backyard birds' lives easier.
How the ultimate seabirds fly, find food, and nest.
Distinguishing the species from the increasingly widespread Ross's Goose.
How to point out the location of a bird.
Hotspots Near You
265. Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge, Swan Quarter, North Carolina
This spot on the Carolina coast is great for waterfowl in winter as well as shorebirds, marsh birds, and passerine migrants in other seasons.
266. Porcupine Springs Campground, Sawtooth National Forest, Idaho
This is the most accessible place to find Cassia Crossbill, and it's great for hummingbirds, woodpeckers, and other birds.
267. Point Reyes National Seashore, Point Reyes Station, California
This vast national seashore north of San Francisco boasts the largest avian diversity of any national park.
268. Cave Creek Canyon, Portal, Arizona
This premier location in the Chiricahua Mountains is where to go for Arizona specialities such as Elegant Trogon, Mexican Chickadee, and Montezuma Quail.