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February 2015

From the Editor

Chuck Hagner

A diving duck from a frozen lake

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

Frozen

Why last winter’s near-total ice cover on the Great Lakes wasn’t enough to harm populations of diving ducks.

Ghost bird

Ghost bird

Ten years after Ivory-bill fever swept the nation, a scientist assesses the hope, hype, and disappointment.

Make your birdwatching count!

Make your birdwatching count!

60+ citizen-science projects taking place between now and July 31.

Tablet Extras

Tablet Extras

See the articles from BirdWatching and other online resources that we added to our February issue.

Columns

Since You Asked

Answers to your questions

Answers to your questions

How nestlings find water, whether nuthatches use bluebird boxes, and more.

Birder at Large

Just the facts

Just the facts

Why Cape May might be the best birding location anywhere.

Attracting Birds

Soul food

Soul food

Comparing the comforts of home and the thrills of a Big Year.

Amazing Birds

What goes up

What goes up

The well-coordinated movements that bring flight to a safe end.

ID Tips

Common Merganser

Common Merganser

Tips for distinguishing female Common and Red-breasted Mergansers.

ID Toolkit

Back streaking

Back streaking

ID streaky sparrows by their back patterns.

Hotspots Near You

Also in Every Issue

Birding Briefs

Birding Briefs

Important news about birds, birdwatching, and conservation.
Your View

Your View

Reader-submitted photographs, including the winner of our regular Photo of the Week contest.
Fieldcraft

Fieldcraft

A photo taken by a reader, along with a description of how the photographer got the shot.