December 2017

From the Editor

Matt Mendenhall

Our responsibilities

The ethics of watching owls and how they apply to our cover photo.

Features

Deep in the shadows

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.

Hawaiian monarchs

Hawaiian monarchs

The Aloha State’s three monarch flycatchers, only recently recognized as distinct species, face a wealth of challenges.

Wonders of Tikal

Wonders of Tikal

The national park protecting Mayan ruins in Guatemala is home to parrots, toucans, and many other birds.

Fighting for the bluebeard

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.

Columns

Since You Asked

Answers to your questions

Answers to your questions

The best fats for birds, why we make shushing noises, and more.

Birder at Large

The counting compulsion

The counting compulsion

Why we shouldn't give short shrift to quantifying birds.

Attracting Birds

New Year's resolutions

New Year's resolutions

Simple changes can make your backyard birds' lives easier.

Amazing Birds

Incredible albatrosses

Incredible albatrosses

How the ultimate seabirds fly, find food, and nest.

ID Tips

Snow Goose

Snow Goose

Distinguishing the species from the increasingly widespread Ross's Goose.

ID Toolkit

Giving directions

Giving directions

How to point out the location of a bird.

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

Our year-end review features 10 new books.