February 2018 From the Editor Stick together By Matt Mendenhall In the face of relentless attacks on wildlife protections, we birders have to stick together and stand up for the natural world. Features Data from destruction By Jeremy D. Ross How documenting storm impacts on birds can advance our understanding of severe weather. Recovery mode By Emma Lewis and Lisa Sorenson Caribbean birds have been reeling after recent hurricanes, but conservationists have hope. The penguin quest By Charles Bergman For two birders, finding all 18 of the world’s penguin species in the wild led to a deeper bond with our fragile planet. A ghost in the mangroves By Craig Thompson How an encounter with a rare tropical songbird spurred a group of birders to help protect its habitat. Columns Since You Asked Answers to your questions By Julie Craves Why male Ruffs have many different plumages, and whether the “turkey mite” is real or not. Birder at Large Favorite early encounters By Pete Dunne Reflecting on memorable first sightings of birds. Attracting Birds Getting smart about salt By Laura Erickson Why we should limit outdoor salt usage in winter. Amazing Birds Let's make a deal By Eldon Greij Ancestral birds made a deal with plants: Produce more fruit and we’ll disperse your seeds. ID Tips Black-capped Chickadee By Kenn Kaufman How to distinguish Black-capped and Carolina Chickadees. ID Toolkit Variations in shape By David Sibley Recognizing birds when they vary their shapes. Hotspots Near You 269. Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge, Birchwood, Tennessee A large refuge north of Chattanooga where thousands of Sandhill Cranes winter. Also look for migrant shorebirds, waterfowl, and songbirds. By Eric Harrold Published: 12/14/2017 270. Ramsey Canyon Preserve, Hereford, Arizona This Nature Conservancy property in the Huachuca Mountains is a great place to look for Painted Redstart, Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher, Arizona Woodpecker, and Elegant Trogon. By Jason A. Crotty Published: 12/14/2017 Also in Every Issue Birding Briefs Important news about birds, birdwatching, and conservation. Your View Photos submitted by readers. Bookshelf Reviews of new books by George Archibald, Victor Emanuel, and Bernd Heinrich.