From the Editor
In the face of relentless attacks on wildlife protections, we birders have to stick together and stand up for the natural world.
Data from destruction
How documenting storm impacts on birds can advance our understanding of severe weather.
Caribbean birds have been reeling after recent hurricanes, but conservationists have hope.
The penguin quest
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
How an encounter with a rare tropical songbird spurred a group of birders to help protect its habitat.
Since You Asked
Answers to your questions
Why male Ruffs have many different plumages, and whether the “turkey mite” is real or not.
Birder at Large
Favorite early encounters
Reflecting on memorable first sightings of birds.
Getting smart about salt
Why we should limit outdoor salt usage in winter.
Let's make a deal
Ancestral birds made a deal with plants: Produce more fruit and we’ll disperse your seeds.
How to distinguish Black-capped and Carolina Chickadees.
Variations in shape
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.
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.