From the Editor
Snowies in winter
Why a Snowy Owl sighting is an opportunity to “wow” your children or grandchildren.
When Snowy Owls turn up near airport runways, these heroes go to work to move them to safety.
Birdwatching with children
How to nurture — or spark — your kids’ interest in birds.
Raised by birders
A daughter of ornithologists reminisces about her unusual childhood and the eternal truths she learned from her parents’ love of birds.
Birding hallowed ground
Searching for Chuck-will’s-widows along the pathways of Harriet Tubman’s Underground Railroad.
Close observations of an iconic bird of the desert southwest reveal rarely seen behaviors.
Since You Asked
Answers to your questions
Julie answers reader questions about cardinal plumage, birds with deformities, and what Barred Owls prey on.
Birder at Large
Why it’s not possible to have a bad birding day in Cape May.
The ripple effect
How a “culture of conservation” can reduce threats to our birds.
Hooks, bait, and drop zones
Various ways that birds around the world use tools.
Learn the differences between Pygmy and Brown-headed Nuthatches and why they can't be identified by range alone.
Tips for tropical birding
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.
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.