From the Editor
How to find a snow chicken
Locating a superbly camouflaged White-tailed Ptarmigan ranks as one of the most rewarding birding adventures in North America.
Going on tour
Weighing a birding tour vs. traveling yourself? Our author saw 159 species, including 11 lifers, on an Alaskan tour.
Tango in the wind
On a hostile mountaintop in Patagonia, a select few witness the courtship dance of one of the rarest birds in South America.
How a Wi-Fi-enabled device can change your perceptions of the birds around you.
Study of woodpeckers shows that when they’re pecking trees, the bill and skull are designed to work as a single unit.
Birder at Large
A dream year
Pete’s advice for where to bird around North America for an extraordinary 12-plus months of birding.
How to distinguish the various plumages of this sweet-singing sparrow.
Take a closer look
When birds move, their appearance can change due in part to the lengths of various feathers.
Hotspots Near You
331. Upper Mississippi River refuges, Iowa and Illinois
The Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge and other public lands offer many great birding opportunities.
332. Ocean Trails Reserve, Rancho Palos Verdes, California
This 113-acre reserve protects native plants and habitats for the federally threatened California Gnatcatcher and Cactus Wren, and it's home to many other species.