January/February 2019 From the Editor Time to act By Matt Mendenhall Recent reports about climate change are distressing, but we don’t have time to wallow in the doom and gloom. Features Winter delights By the editors A photo essay of 15 species, including Great Gray Owl, Gyrfalcon, and Lapland Longspur, to look for in North America during the coldest months. A quest for snowcock By Gary Kramer By helicopters and horseback, here’s how one photographer pursued the elusive Himalayan Snowcock. An unclear future By Brian Kluepfel Despite its popularity with the public, Ecuador’s most endangered endemic hummingbird is rare, extremely localized, and not well known by scientists — even those who are trying to protect it. Birding the land of cassowaries By John Serrao A 1,000-mile journey through Queensland’s ancient rainforests reveals kookaburras, frogmouths, megapodes, pittas, and other iconic birds. Columns Since You Asked Answers to your questions By Julie Craves Tips for using a caged feeder, an odd-looking pelican, and whether birds’ eyes change color. Birder at Large Filling the gaps By Pete Dunne Why a day at a hawk watch involves more than simply watching birds. Attracting Birds Worth waiting for By Laura Erickson Why backyard feeders may once again offer hemp seeds. Amazing Birds Beak abilities By Eldon Greij How birds exploit a wide range of food sources. ID Tips King Eider By Kenn Kaufman What to look for when identifying this northern sea duck. ID Toolkit Food, shelter required By David Sibley How to find birds in extremely cold weather. Hotspots Near You 285. Avocado Lake Park, Fresno County, California Located east of Fresno, this county park is good for loons, eagles, Lawrence's Goldfinch, and spring migrants. Published: 12/21/2018 286. Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve, Gustavus, Alaska Visit via cruise ship in summer to see murres, alcids, guillemots, puffins, bears, calving glaciers, and other natural wonders. Published: 12/21/2018 Also in Every Issue Birding Briefs Important news about birds, birdwatching, and conservation. Your View Photos submitted by readers.