December 2017 From the Editor Our responsibilities By Matt Mendenhall The ethics of watching owls and how they apply to our cover photo. Features Deep in the shadows By Bill Mueller 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 By Alexander Clark The Aloha State’s three monarch flycatchers, only recently recognized as distinct species, face a wealth of challenges. Wonders of Tikal By Gary Kramer The national park protecting Mayan ruins in Guatemala is home to parrots, toucans, and many other birds. Fighting for the bluebeard By Brian Kluepfel 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 By Julie Craves The best fats for birds, why we make shushing noises, and more. Birder at Large The counting compulsion By Pete Dunne Why we shouldn't give short shrift to quantifying birds. Attracting Birds New Year's resolutions By Laura Erickson Simple changes can make your backyard birds' lives easier. Amazing Birds Incredible albatrosses By Eldon Greij How the ultimate seabirds fly, find food, and nest. ID Tips Snow Goose By Kenn Kaufman Distinguishing the species from the increasingly widespread Ross's Goose. ID Toolkit Giving directions By David Sibley 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. By Eric Harrold Published: 10/18/2017 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. By Terry Rich Published: 10/18/2017 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. By Chuck Graham Published: 10/18/2017 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. By Steve Wolfe Published: 10/18/2017 Also in Every Issue Birding Briefs Important news about birds, birdwatching, and conservation. Your View Photos submitted by readers. Bookshelf Our year-end review features 10 new books.