February 2015 From the Editor A diving duck from a frozen lake By Chuck Hagner It’s not every day that you look out the living-room windows of a house in suburban Milwaukee and see a Red-breasted Merganser waddling down the sidewalk. Features Frozen By Sheryl DeVore Why last winter’s near-total ice cover on the Great Lakes wasn’t enough to harm populations of diving ducks. Ghost bird By Jerome A. Jackson Ten years after Ivory-bill fever swept the nation, a scientist assesses the hope, hype, and disappointment. Make your birdwatching count! By the editors 60+ citizen-science projects taking place between now and July 31. Tablet Extras By the editors See the articles from BirdWatching and other online resources that we added to our February issue. Columns Since You Asked Answers to your questions By Julie Craves How nestlings find water, whether nuthatches use bluebird boxes, and more. Birder at Large Just the facts By Pete Dunne Why Cape May might be the best birding location anywhere. Attracting Birds Soul food By Laura Erickson Comparing the comforts of home and the thrills of a Big Year. Amazing Birds What goes up By Eldon Greij The well-coordinated movements that bring flight to a safe end. ID Tips Common Merganser By Kenn Kaufman Tips for distinguishing female Common and Red-breasted Mergansers. ID Toolkit Back streaking By David Sibley ID streaky sparrows by their back patterns. Hotspots Near You 201. Morro Bay State Park, Morro Bay, California A park where thousands of shorebirds and Brant spend the winter and where a terrific birding festival is held each January. By Leslie Jones Published: 12/22/2014 202. Lacassine National Wildlife Refuge, Lake Arthur, Louisiana A southwestern Louisiana refuge, home of huge flocks of waterfowl, whistling-ducks, and herons. By John Phillips, Jr. Published: 12/22/2014 203. Agua Fria National Monument, Black Canyon City, Arizona A protected area north of Phoenix that is home to several species of conservation concern, including Western Yellow-billed Cuckoo. By Chuck Graham Published: 12/22/2014 204. Julia Butler Hansen Refuge, Cathlamet, Washington Where to look for Bald Eagles, Wood Ducks, and other birds on Washington’s Columbia River. By Rhonda Ostertag Published: 12/22/2014 Also in Every Issue Birding Briefs Important news about birds, birdwatching, and conservation. Your View Reader-submitted photographs, including the winner of our regular Photo of the Week contest. Fieldcraft A photo taken by a reader, along with a description of how the photographer got the shot.