January/February 2020 From the Editor Snowies in winter By Matt Mendenhall Why a Snowy Owl sighting is an opportunity to “wow” your children or grandchildren. Features The rescuers By Matt Mendenhall When Snowy Owls turn up near airport runways, these heroes go to work to move them to safety. Birdwatching with children By Andrea Miller How to nurture — or spark — your kids’ interest in birds. Raised by birders By Hollin Stafford A daughter of ornithologists reminisces about her unusual childhood and the eternal truths she learned from her parents’ love of birds. Birding hallowed ground By Orietta C. Estrada Searching for Chuck-will’s-widows along the pathways of Harriet Tubman’s Underground Railroad. Roadrunner surprises By Jim Burns Close observations of an iconic bird of the desert southwest reveal rarely seen behaviors. Columns Since You Asked Answers to your questions By Julie Craves Julie answers reader questions about cardinal plumage, birds with deformities, and what Barred Owls prey on. Birder at Large 'Wow...wow...wow' By Pete Dunne Why it’s not possible to have a bad birding day in Cape May. Attracting Birds The ripple effect By Laura Erickson How a “culture of conservation” can reduce threats to our birds. Amazing Birds Hooks, bait, and drop zones By Eldon Greij Various ways that birds around the world use tools. ID Tips Pygmy Nuthatch By Kenn Kaufman Learn the differences between Pygmy and Brown-headed Nuthatches and why they can't be identified by range alone. ID Toolkit Tips for tropical birding By David Sibley Basic binocular skills can help you locate birds within dense foliage. Hotspots Near You 299. North Point State Park, Baltimore County, Maryland This park south of Baltimore is home to the Black Marsh, a bird-rich wetland all year long. Published: 12/19/2019 300. Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge, Wadesboro, North Carolina This federal refuge in south-central North Carolina is a site for wintering waterfowl and migrants in spring. Published: 12/19/2019 Also in Every Issue Birding Briefs Important news about birds, birdwatching, and conservation. Bookshelf Your View Photos from our readers. Stay in touch with BirdWatching Keep up to date on all the latest birding news and info. Sign Up for Our Free Newsletter!